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First Look: Pantech Breakout 4G (Verizon)

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First Look: Pantech Breakout 4G (Verizon)

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Pantech's first Android smartphone for Verizon has some nice features, but one big flaw that could break the Breakout.

-Hey everyone, I'm Jessica Dolcourt for cnet.com and this is the Pantech Breakout 4G. This is a new phone for Verizon. Pantech is often known in the US for creating feature phones and in fact its first android phone was AT&T that was the Crossover. This is the first android phone for Verizon. It's got a 4-inch touchscreen. The screen is totally fine. It's bright and it's colorful, but I do have to say the contrast isn't as sharp on this as it is on other phones. However, it will be just fine. It runs android 2.3 Gingerbread and it has Pantech's custom UI. What's especially interesting is the way that Pantech handles the lock screen. You can unlock the screen with a Swype just like you usually can or you can drag and drop an icon to open the dial pad, messages, or your e-mail. You can also access emergency contacts without unlocking the screen first. So, that's pretty cool. Other specs on the phone, there is a 1 gigahertz processor and there's micro SD card that holds up to 32 gigabytes but it comes with 8 gigabytes pre installed. There's also a 5-megapixel rear facing camera and a VGA front facing camera. It sounds good, but the camera is left a lot to be desired. The front facing camera shots were really grainy and out of focused. The 5-megapixel camera did much better, but the video quality was really poor. It's very jerky. There were delays in the playback and that's even though it was with a 720p HD resolution, but if you're more interested in speeds than you are in photo quality, then you will be happy to know that is on Verizon 4G LTE network. The phone cost 149.99, but right now there's an online discount good for 99.99. It is pricey and that's especially because it's on the 4G LTE network, which is considered the premium. I'm personally on the fence about this phone because of the video quality, but if you can get at $100 price and if you can look past the flaws, then I think it's worth considering. I personally though would shop around. This is Jessica Dolcourt for CNET. You can look up the full review of the Pantech Breakout 4G on CNET.com.

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