Review: Pantech Perception for Verizon Wireless
The Perception has a 4.8-inch display with 1280 x 720 pixels (HD). This OLED panel is sharp, bright, and colorful. Text is nice and crisp, pictures look rich, and the graphics and icons are completely free of jagged edges. Viewing angles are excellent, and there's no brightness or color change when the phone is seen from an angle. It works well when used outdoors, and I had no trouble snapping photos under a sunny sky.
The Perception performed well on Verizon's 3G CDMA EVDO and 4G LTE networks. It switched seamlessly between the two when appropriate, and always found Verizon's signal no matter where I took it. It did sit on Verizon's 3G network in Manhattan more than I would have liked, however. During my review period, the Perception did not drop any calls, nor miss any, and it connected all calls on the first dial. Data speeds were excellent on 4G LTE and acceptable over EVDO, but man is 4G really spoiling me.
The Perception is an excellent voice phone. The calls I made were perfectly clear. They were free of any noise or interference. Further, the earpiece produces painfully loud volumes. Set up all the way, the Perception can be used to take calls in crowded and noisy restaurants (though if you're taking calls in restaurants, you might need a lesson in manners). I was easily able to hear callers over the loud din of a packed bar during happy hour. When you're home, you can crank the volume down to less than 50% and still hear calls loud and clear. People on the other end of my calls said I sounded good, which can probably be pinned on the Perception's noise-cancellation technology. My calls came through nice and clean. The speakerphone loses some of the clarity and distorts voices when turned all the way up. Setting the volume about two-thirds of the way up makes for clear, and still loud enough to hear, conversations. The ringers and alerts were plenty loud and the vibrate alert was good.
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There's no need to worry about battery life with the Perception. In my tests, it handily beat my minimum 7AM - 11PM requirement. Heavy use did not appear to stress the 2020 mAh Lithium-Ion power cell, even when surfing on Verizon's LTE 4G signal in Manhattan for several hours. You will have to charge the phone each night, (or at least once daily,) but no more than that. The battery really performs well.
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