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Pantech Jest (photos)

The Pantech Jest is a decent messaging phone for the young social-networking enthusiast, but its optical pad might be a nuisance for some people.

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Pantech Jest

The Pantech Jest is slide-out messaging phone for Verizon Wireless.
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Square

The Pantech Jest has a rounded-square design that makes it compact and pocketable.
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Back

The Pantech Jest has a textured back for a more secure grip.
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Side

The Pantech Jest is 0.6 inch thick.
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2.0-megapixel camera

The Pantech Jest has a 2.0-megapixel camera on the back.
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Buttons

In addition to a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, the Pantech Jest has two touch-sensitive soft keys and an optical directional pad.
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Keyboard

The Pantech Jest has a rather small keyboard, but the keys are raised enough that it was still easy enough to text with ease.
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Lightweight

The Pantech Jest is lightweight at 4.1 ounces.

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