- 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)
Reviews (3.5/10 Avg. rating)
You’re not gaining any advantages choosing the Pantech Swift
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 features and performance. To tell you the truth, you’re probably better off checking out some older quick messaging devices that are still offered by AT&T, which at the same time, should be at a lower price point. Essentially, you’re not gaining any advantages choosing the Pantech Swift, as it... Full review
The Swift is scuffable despite its weight, its processor is extremely slow, and the touch screen is unresponsive
The Pantech Swift is a phone we really wanted to like. It has the fresh-faced appeal of an archetypal messenger phone, but, sadly, is somewhat lacking in chops. We were certainly able to text reasonably quickly and mostly comfortably, and enjoyed the Swift's navigation. True, there was one large gaffe with the e-mail service, but we're guessing most future Swift owners won't attempt to be as verbose as we were. Since the Pantech Swift never promises to deliver data faster than 3G, we can't hold its data speeds against it; however, we did spend more time than we wanted to waiting for the pro... Full review
I hate this phone and Pantech - they're both useless
This phone is horrible, much like the entire Pantech product line. Customer support, device functionality, and the overall design is lacking any intelligible characteristics. I for one will never buy another Pantech device. They're sluggish, out of touch, and behind the times. If you're looking for a dependable, comprehensive, and user-friendly device, move along my brother - move along.Less
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