Few messaging feature phones out there are like AT&T’s Pantech Renue. With a small QVGA touchscreen display and somewhat unconventional looks, you may think it’s not worth spending any amount of money on. In reality, though, it may be one of the more useful budget handsets available in its price range. And it’s eco-friendly, too.
The Renue comes with simple features and a simple appearance. While its low resolution touchscreen display can be a little hard to use for menu navigation and character input, this problem is easily remedied with the use of a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Being a simple feature phone running Qualcomm’s Brew Mobile platform with 256MB of RAM, it can never hope to match today’s leading Android smartphones in terms of sheer performance. However, it does manage to get a few important things right, as far as phone features are concerned. For one thing, the combination of the QVGA touchscreen display and QWERTY keyboard for input really makes it great for heavy texters and e-mailers. And the design helps users make the most out of the limited hardware features, which include a built-in 3-megapixel camera with 2x digital zoom.
So in summation, even though the Renue is not the fastest or the best-looking eco-friendly smartphone available on the market, it definitely gets the job done. And quite masterfully, at that.
Need To Know: Pantech Renue
1. Built-in sliding hardware keyboard makes for easier typing and menu navigation. (The Good)
2. Standard OS is user-friendly and uses large icons that are hard to miss. (The Good)
3. Built-in Wi-Fi is not included as a standard feature. (The Bad)
4. Camera performance is poor despite having a 3-megapixel sensor. (The Bad)
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Pantech released the Renue on July 29, 2012.
We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Pantech Renue user manual here.
Pantech backs up the Renue with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your Renue has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Pantech support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Pantech's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.