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Review: Pantech Pocket for AT&T

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In sum, I like the hardware of the Pocket a lot. While it may look unconventional, the materials and build of the phone are spot-on, and the Pocket's odd shape certainly give it a personality all its own. That's what makes it a shame that the Pocket's performance is so uneven.

The screen has good resolution and clarity, but lacks brightness. The Pocket connects to AT&T's network easily, but voice calls don't sound good. The menus work well, and the extra screen real estate make for an excellent typing experience, but there are no stand-out features or programs that make use of the Pocket's screen.

The real killer for me, however is the camera. The Pocket's 5 megapixel shooter has to be the worst I've used on a phone. If you want a solid imaging device, look elsewhere. If you don't care much about pictures but want a fast typing device, then maybe the trade-off is worth it.

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I'd recommend the Pocket to customers who primarily use their device for messaging and want to move away from a keyboard-equipped device, but most others can find a good deal on a better phone from AT&T right now. The Pantech Pocket is no rocket in your pocket, and I'm not sure you're going to be happy to use it.

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