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Pantech Renue review

6/10 AVG.
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6/10
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The Pantech Renue currently has an Informr score of 6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 2 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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)


Operating system
Brew Mobile Platform
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
3.2"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Phone Scoop

In addition to being environmentally friendly, the Renue bundles together a full QWERTY keyboard and a touch screen in this pocket-friendly quick messaging device.

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop
Cnet

People who want to text and make calls and do little else besides should keep the Pantech Renue in the ring when picking out a new feature phone. The price is fair for a handset of this type that isn't being subsidized to abnormally deflated levels, and the compact shape and size let it offer differ...

- Jessica Dolcourt, Cnet


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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.


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Screen Size
3.2"

The Pantech Renue's screen size is 3.2 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a Qualcomm QSC 6270 (T) processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
185 MB

Internal memory is 185 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1000 mAh battery. Pantech's performance ratings are 10 days standby time.

Pantech Renue Specs

Overview
Release date July 29, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 3.6
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Qualcomm QSC 6270 (T)
Internal Storage 185 MB
RAM 256 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.596 W/kg
Body: 0.774 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) No
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Material Unknown
Colors Black, Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.9 x 6.3 x 1.2 cm (3.9 x 2.5 x 0.5 in)
Weight 128 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design Yes
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY, Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Yahoo! Mail, AOL, AIM, Hotmail, AT&T Mobile Email, Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP, HFP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
2x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Effects, Geotagging, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels), 15 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (YPmobile, Facebook, Twitter)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Pantech P6030

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Critic Reviews


Phone Scoop

The Renue bundles together a full QWERTY keyboard and a touch screen in this pocket-friendly quick messaging device

from Phone Scoop

The Pantech Renue is an interesting little phone. It doesn't offer all that I expected from a quick messaging device. Notable absences include instant messaging (though perhaps Facebook messaging and Twitter DMs makes up for that) and free email. These seem like table stakes to me.

T...More

The Pantech Renue is an interesting little phone. It doesn't offer all that I expected from a quick messaging device. Notable absences include instant messaging (though perhaps Facebook messaging and Twitter DMs makes up for that) and free email. These seem like table stakes to me.

The hardware itself is good. It's a perfectly usable little device that is easy to carry about. The Android-esque user interface will be pleasing to some, no doubt, but once you get past the flashy home screen panels, the feature phone core of the Renue is painfully obvious.

Basic performance is mixed, and this concerns me. Though most phone calls sounded good, it was difficult to make them thanks to iffy signal performance. The slow data speeds were another downer, but battery life was awesome.

In the end, if you don't care much about extra features and simply want a solid little SMS/MMS device, the Renue gets the job done. Ask it to do much more than that, and it balks.

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Cnet

Heavy texters will find much to like in the cute, compact Pantech Renue, but its short battery life and underdeveloped camera are setbacks

from Cnet

People who want to text and make calls and do little else besides should keep the Pantech Renue in the ring when picking out a new feature phone. The price is fair for a handset of this type that isn't being subsidized to abnormally deflated levels, and the compact shape and size let it offer dif...More

People who want to text and make calls and do little else besides should keep the Pantech Renue in the ring when picking out a new feature phone. The price is fair for a handset of this type that isn't being subsidized to abnormally deflated levels, and the compact shape and size let it offer different dimensions than what we typically find on store displays. Its flat keyboard may slow you down at time and being a slave to the charger is always a drag, but my overall impression is of a likable phone that gets other things right, like predictive texting and large screen icons. I really do wish the camera were better at rendering images, even for the megapixel size, but if you're not buying a phone to double as a camera, the shooter still beats that of a flip phone for capturing the moment when no other cameras are around. Because of its shape and interface, the Renue seems geared toward teens or to the young at heart, and its eco certification through AT&T's new program gives it a few bonus points for reduced packaging and recycled materials.

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