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)