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Pantech Pocket review: Android's Big Bertha

The extra-wide Pantech Pocket has an unusual design and 4G HSPA+ speeds.

Pantech Pocket
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The Pantech Pocket for AT&T is no Skinny Minny of a smartphone. Instead, its Big Bertha design is one of the Android smartphone's standout traits.

Pantech's Pocket has a 4-inch screen with dimensions that are rarely seen: a 600x800-pixel configuration known as super-VGA (or SVGA). That translates into a 3:4 aspect ratio that's both shorter and squatter than most other handsets with the same diagonally measured 4-inch screen.

The phone has a nice, grippy surface and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Pantech's user-friendly skin. There's a 5-megapixel camera that takes nice outdoor photos, but you'll have to do without a flash. Unfortunately, video quality and call quality are low points. However, if you're willing to overlook those, just $50 and a new contract get you a "4G" smartphone running on AT&T's HSPA+ network.

Watch the video, see the photos, and read the pros and cons in the full Pantech Pocket review.