Review: Pantech Renue for AT&T
The Renue runs Brew MP, which is a feature phone platform developed by Qualcomm. It's fairly robust in terms of features, though the execution on the Renue is a bit lacking.
Like most smartphones, users are presented with a lock screen when they first wake the display. Swipe the little lock symbol to unlock it, or silence the device by sliding the ringer tool. Pantech also carried over some cool Android lock screen features that allow users to go straight to the phone, messaging, camera, or voicemail apps directly from the lock screen by sliding little symbols up and into a circle on the Renue's home screen. Cool!
The Renue has five home screen panels that can be customized with user content, such as bookmarks, contact shortcuts, photo galleries, and other similar content. There are four permanent icons at the bottom of the screen providing access to the phone, contacts, messages, and main menu.
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These home screen panels are a bit wonky, though. The transitions are full of the jitters and stutters. There's almost always a delay between the time you touch the screen and the time it responds. With an anemic 400MHz processor under the hood, I am not surprised.
The main app menu is laid out in grids that can be accessed by swiping side-to-side. If you choose to download an app from the AT&T app store, it is added to a grid. The number of grids will expand as you add more apps. You can't control or customize the appearance of the main menu.
Navigating through the various menus takes about 60 seconds to get the hang of.
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