The Pantech Renue is a small handset by today's standards, but you won't have to worry about the messaging phone and its QWERTY keyboard protruding from your pocket.
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Messaging is a central task, which makes its keyboard of the utmost importance. Though compact, it was comfortable and well-appointed, even if the keys were a bit flat to my liking. The application icons are large and finger-friendly.
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I do like the 3.5 millimeter headset jack on the phone, which makes it music-friendly since you can pop in any standard headset.
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Camera could use some work
The 3-megapixel camera disappoints with blocky photos leached of color. Videos were even worse, with a pixelated playback.
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A micro-SIM card joins the battery and microSD card slot beneath the nicely textured back cover.
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The Renue measures just under 0.5 inch thick, which isn't bad considering its concealed keyboard. It's fairly heavy for its size, but that translates into durability.