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Pantech Swift review

3.5/10 AVG.

Pantech Swift
Pantech Swift
Pantech Swift
Pantech Swift

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The Pantech Swift currently has an Informr score of 3.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 3 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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)

Operating system
Brew Mobile Platform
Screen Size
2+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


Parents will surely love that the Pantech Swift doesn’t require a data plan, which will obviously help in cutting down costs. However, it’s extremely difficult to like the Pantech Swift at its $69.99 on-contract price point just because it seems to be a bit too bloated for its available set of featu...

- John V., PhoneArena

well I for one think this phone is amazing considering its not a smartphon and it delivers ''most'' of the things some older smartphones also do great phone great price

We were certainly able to text reasonably quickly and mostly comfortably, and enjoyed the Swift's navigation.

- Jessica Dolcourt, Cnet

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Pantech backs up the Swift with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Swift 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.

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Screen Size

The Pantech Swift's screen size is 2.8 inches with x pixels resolution.


There is a processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ MP camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

180 MB

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 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1000 mAh battery. Pantech's performance ratings are 10 days standby time.

Pantech Swift Specs

Release Date June 10, 2012
Regions Available USA
Operating System No

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Internal Storage 180 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.38 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
2+ Megapixels
2x digital
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
Resolution / Aperture
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 2.8 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) No
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to 10 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Slider
Material Plastic
Colors Lavender
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.9 x 5.6 x 1.5 cm (4.3 x 2.2 x 0.6 in)
Weight 177 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type QWERTY, Touchscreen
Navigation Type D-pad, Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, MMS
Graphics: Yes
Themes: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: T9
Voicemail Key: Yes
Voice Commands: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP
PC Synchronization: No
Java Application: Yes
Audio Formats: MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, AMR-NB
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Custom Ringtones: No
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Data Tethering: Yes
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps: -
Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Stop Watch, Timer, Calculator, Currency Converter, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

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