Review: Pantech Breakout for Verizon Wireless
I'll be honest, the Pantech Breakout surprised me. I was not expecting it to perform so well. The hardware isn't quite as me-too in appearance as the current crop of competitors, and feels great in the hand. It is easily the most solid and functional piece of hardware to come from Pantech.
The Breakout gets decent marks on all the key metrics, including screen quality, signal performance, and battery life. The one weakness was voice calling, which was inconsistent, but not terrible.
The messaging features of the Breakout don't break any new ground, but cover the basics just the same. The media powers of the Breakout are just as good as the competition's. I wish the Breakout took better pictures and captured clearer video, but if imaging isn't high on your list of must-have features, this niggle can be overlooked.
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The browsing performance, in particular, was quite impressive under Verizon's LTE network and was decidedly more consistent that Verizon's earlier LTE efforts.
Bottom line: the Pantech Breakout could be the breakout hit that Pantech really needs to get on the map with Verizon Wireless customers.
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