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

Features
Unlike a lot of phones designed for the elderly, the Pantech Breeze is unusually full-featured for an entry-level device. Starting with the basics, the Breeze has a 800-entry phone book, with room in each entry for three numbers, an e-mail address, and an image for photo caller ID. Essentials include a vibrate mode, a speakerphone, an alarm, a calendar, a notepad, a voice memo recorder, and a calculator. For slightly more advanced users, there's also text and multimedia messaging, mobile e-mail, instant messaging, a wireless Web browser, plus Bluetooth. It's also a quad-band world phone.

The Breeze also comes with a VGA camera, which is unusual with senior-citizen-focused phones. You can take photos in three different resolutions (640x480, 320x240, 176x220) and three quality settings. Photo quality was predictably blurry and pixilated, but we're surprised by how sharp the colors looked. You can even take short little video clips with the Breeze. Video resolution comes in either 176x144 or 128x96. Similarly, video quality was pretty shoddy, with a lot of blur and pixelation, but it will do for a quick shoot.

Personalization options are quite plentiful with the Breeze. Not only do you get the stock graphics and alert tones, you have the ability to shop for more via the wireless Web browser. Games include demo versions of Pac-Man/Ms. Pac-Man, Tetris, Platinum Sudoku, and Platinum Solitaire. It also comes with a My-Cast Weather application. As with the graphics and sounds, you can download more games and applications if you wish.

Performance
We tested the Pantech Breeze in San Francisco using AT&T. Call quality was very good, with loud and clear voices on both ends. Our callers did hear the occasional static and hiss in the background, but it wasn't too bad. On our end, voices sounded very natural, and volume was definitely loud enough. Similarly, the speakerphone on the Breeze produced very loud volume, with some hissing in the background. On the other end, callers reported more echo and crackling than usual, but that's pretty normal for speakerphones.

The Pantech Breeze has a rated battery life 3 hours talk time and 10.4 days standby time. We were very surprised by the tested talk time of the Pantech Breeze of 11 hours and 5 minutes. According to the FCC, the Pantech Breeze has a SAR rating of 0.74 watt per kilogram.

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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