- Jessica Dolcourt , Cnet
We were certainly able to text reasonably quickly and mostly comfortably, and enjoyed the Swift's navigation.
Since the market for phones with built-in hardware keyboards will probably never die, it’s good thing models like the Pantech Swift still exist. It’s a colorful touchscreen handset with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that’s available at a fairly low price point. Is it the best option for messaging junkies who are working with a tight budget?
One of the first things you’ll notice about the Swift is the fact that it seems to have pretty well-rounded feature set. It has a 2.8-inch QVGA screen, a 2MP camera, Bluetooth, microSD card support, and as mentioned earlier, a full QWERTY keyboard. Unfortunately, these features don’t really work well together. Or at least Pantech was not able to fully integrate them and make the experience of using the Swift as good as it can be.
The Swift is prone to frequent slow downs, barely lasts 4 hours of talk time per charge, and has very limited third-party software support. Though priced quite affordably, most reviewers agree that it is still priced a tad too high for what it offers. The hardware keyboard is a great extra, for sure, but it’s easy to get an overall better phone for the money.
Need to Know: Pantech Swift
1. Has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard behind the full touchscreen display. (The Good)
2. Comes with built-in social networking features. (The Good)
3. Short battery life. (The Bad)
4. Too pricey for what it offers. (The Bad)
The Pantech Swift's screen is 2.8 inches with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.
The phone runs on the Brew Mobile Platform operating system (OS).
Internal memory is 180 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.
The phone is powered by a 1000 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Pantech's performance ratings are: 10 days standby time, 180 minutes talk time.