Pantech Breeze - white (AT&T) review: Pantech Breeze - white (AT&T)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.7
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good The Pantech Breeze is an attractively slim flip phone with a large keypad, a display with big fonts, and a really easy-to-use interface. It also has a VGA camera and three quick-call keys for emergency purposes.

The Bad The Pantech Breeze's quick-call keys are smooth to the surface of the phone, and there's no self-portrait mirror.

The Bottom Line The Pantech Breeze is definitely ideal for senior citizens and those with disabilities, but it's also an all-around great phone for anyone who wants a decent entry-level handset.

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There are a few key factors when choosing the right phone for the elderly--the handset needs to be easy to use with a minimum of fuss, it should have a bright display with large fonts, the keypad should have large and tactile keys, and call quality needs to be top-notch. Several phones have managed to meet these criteria, including the Verizon Wireless Coupe and the Samsung Jitterbug Dial, but most of them are still pretty basic phones, based on the thesis that senior citizens don't need a lot of features. Enter the Pantech Breeze, a phone definitely focused on ease of use, but one that kicks things up a notch by incorporating a simple VGA camera, multimedia messaging, and even Bluetooth. Pantech and AT&T are marketing the Breeze as a phone ideal for the elderly as well as those with vision problems, but we think the Breeze is such a pleasure to use that it would be great for anyone who wants an excellent entry-level phone. The Breeze is available for $49.99 after a two-year contract and a mail-in rebate.

Design
Most entry-level phones aren't too attractive, but the Breeze is an exception. It has a delightfully slim and trim profile, with curved corners and sides. Measuring 3.9 inchs long by 1.97 inches wide by 0.77 inch thick, the Breeze is wrapped in an all-white matte plastic shell and feels nice and light in the hand. The Breeze also comes with a 1.04-inch diagonal external screen, which we like to see on basic phones like this. It supports 65,000 colors and displays information such as date, time, battery, and signal strength, plus photo caller ID. A volume rocker sits on the left spine as does the charger jack. On the back of the phone is the camera lens, but there is no self-portrait mirror.


The Pantech Breeze has a camera lens on the back.

When you open the phone, you'll find a very bright and vibrant 2.2-inch display with 260,000 color support. Images look simply brilliant, with sharp graphics and colors that pop. There are two menu interface styles--"breEZe" mode, which organizes the options in a simple list, and Advanced mode, which is icon-based. When "breEZe" mode is activated, all the menu options are listed in a large yellow font for easier legibility. Regardless of mode though, the submenu options are also all listed in big type. This makes the Breeze incredibly easy to navigate through. You can adjust the backlight time but not the brightness or contrast.


The Pantech Breeze has three quick-call keys underneath the display.

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Pantech Breeze - white (AT&T)

Part Number: 2580223 Released: May 30, 2008
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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date May 30, 2008
  • Weight 3.4 oz
  • Technology GSM
  • Service Provider AT&T
  • Sensor Resolution 0.3 pixels