Aaron's First Impressions: Pantech Ease (AT&T)Aaron Baker - Director, Content and Partnerships
I've been working with the Pantech Ease for a couple of days now, and have been pleased thus far. The box contains the phone, battery, AC adapter, USB cable, and instruction manuals. Coming in at 4.48 inches long by 2.28 inches wide by 0.56 inch thick, the device tips the scales at 4.86 ounces, making it easy to carry in a tight pocket or purse. For a featurephone, the Ease's 3.2-inch touchscreen is impressive, and is similar in size to quite a few smartphones on the market. Similar to the BreEZe II, the phone offers two modes: "Easy Mode" and "Advanced Mode." As you would expect, Easy Mode cuts down on menu options to make it easier to navigate, while Advanced Mode is what you would see on most AT&T handsets.
The 2.0-megapixel camera isn't anything special, but takes decent pictures when the lighting is right. Features include white balance, picture effects, self-timer, four picture sizes, picture quality, and more. The video camera was great for snapping quick videos on the go, but I found image quality to be somewhat grainy.
I've been working with the Pantech Ease in Charlotte, and so far, call quality has been good. While the "bars" appear to be deceiving (I'm only getting 2-3 bars in areas where other devices are getting five), I haven't dropped any calls. Speakerphone was decent, and I connected one of my Bluetooth headsets without any issues. Though I haven't had enough time to fully test the battery, I've put it through its paces today, and am still at three of three battery bars.
I'm still working with data numbers, but thus far, the device has been snappy. The Ease offers 3G UMTS/HSDPA connectivity (850/1900/2100 MHz) on AT&T, so browsing speeds have been fast to date. The mobile CNN webpage loaded in about 13 seconds, and the PhoneDog homepage loaded in 39 seconds. Other data-intensive programs such as AT&T Navigator, AT&T Social Net, and AT&T's App Center (formerly MEdia Mall) worked flawlessly.
Here's a quick rundown of some of the things I like and don't like about the Ease.
What I like:
-The keyboard is extra roomy, with large keys and an ample amount of space between the keys.
-At 3.2-inches, the screen is on the larger side. For those that have vision impairments, you can enlarge the text.
-Easy and advanced menus to appeal to two different demographics.
-Silver edges give it a sleek look.
What I don't like:
-Bars can be deceiving, but I haven't been able to get more than three out of the five possible bars on the device since I've been working with it, even in strong signal areas. While I haven't dropped any calls as of yet, I find it rather interesting.
As always, more Pantech Ease coverage to come - stay tuned!