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Review: Pantech Flex for AT&T

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Top message:  Really? Tell me which one of the 10 devices is better. by Romans724   Oct 2, 2012, 3:59 PM

Replying to:  Re: Really? Tell me which one of the 10 devices is better. by MadFatMan   Oct 2, 2012, 8:46 PM

Re: Really? Tell me which one of the 10 devices is better.

by Romans724    Oct 2, 2012, 9:28 PM

I respectfully disagree with your premise and your choices. I am not interested in a two year ball and chain at ridiculous monthly service costs, hence my reference to the off contract price. I will pay $45 for unlimited everything with Straight Talk, thank you very much. Works great in my area and we don't have LTE service here....yet, but its nice to know I have it on this phone.

I have had a Pantech phone in the distant past and they held up just as well as as the big name suppliers. They all source their chips, screens and almost all internals from the same manufacturers, so its really an assembly and QA matter, which Pantech has done well with their higher end SKY Asian market products and with their lower end North American products..

The iphones you list are completely out of the question for me because, IMHO, their screen is way too small, their graphics performance (think gaming) is way slower and they are not able to multi-task nearly as well. Plus no LTE when that becomes available and its difficult, if not impossible to customize the crap out of it like I do with all my Android phones.

The Galaxy SII isn't too bad, but as another commented to me:

"The Flex is a hair smaller and lighter with 0.2" smaller screen, but the screen is higher resolution. The Flex only gets a SuperAMOLED screen rather than the SAMOLED Plus on the SII. The Flex is running a Snapdragon S4 processor vs the Snapdragon S3 in the Galaxy SII which should mean faster graphics processing for the Flex and at least a 20% bump in battery life, possibly over 40% more. The Flex only has 8gig of memory rather than the 16gig in the Galaxy SII, but they both have a microSD slot that will take up to a 32gig card. Camera specs don't mean much, but they're identical on paper. The Flex has Bluetooth 4.0 and oh yeah, that other silly thing nobody cares about... LTE."

I think that sums it up nicely.

There is nothing "cheap" about this phone. Pantech made a marketing decision to be VERY aggressive with their price point...and we, the consumers, are the beneficiary. Oh by the way, you may have thought that I'm just a newbie consumer and just handle phones in the store and make my decision. Nope, I research the snot out of everything. I have been an electronics junky for many years and was the hardware editor for a major high-end audio magazine. Nevertheless, I do appreciate the time you put into a very thoughtful response.

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