Pantech Ease - blue (AT&T)

The Good The Pantech Ease has a beautiful capacitive touch-screen display and a sturdy slider QWERTY keyboard. It has two modes: the Easy mode is cleverly designed for cell phone novices and senior citizens; advanced users will like the 2-megapixel camera, music player, and 3G speeds. Call quality is great thanks to a noise suppression technology.

The Bad We understand the need to separate different features for Easy and Advanced modes, but we sometimes find the categorization to be arbitrary. For example, a pill reminder and pedometer aren't available in Advanced mode, and notepad and stopwatch aren't in Easy mode.

The Bottom Line Though we have a few quibbles with it, the Pantech Ease is overall a smart hybrid that will please both grandparents and grandchildren alike.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.7 Overall

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Review

Pantech Ease - blue (AT&T)

There are phones like the Jitterbug J and the DoroPhoneEasy 410 that are specifically designed for seniors, but there are also supersimple phones that could be seen as senior-friendly. The Pantech Breeze and the Breeze II, for example, are both really easy to use, with large fonts as well as big buttons. Pantech continues this trend with the Pantech Ease, which promises to be the most user-friendly touch-screen messaging phone on the market.

Though we do think you need some technological savvy to operate the phone, we do agree it's an extremely easy phone to navigate and use. If you get tired of the very simple Easy mode, you can also toggle on Advanced mode for a more customizable experience. Specialized features like a pedometer, a readout mode, a voice mode, and a pill reminder add to its whole-family appeal. The Pantech Ease is available for $69.99 from AT&T Wireless.

Design
The Pantech Ease has the familiar look of most touch-screen messaging phones, with the long oval front and horizontal QWERTY keyboard. Yet, we find it a little more attractive than most because of its ergonomic and stylish design. Measuring 4.48 inches long by 2.28 inches wide by 0.56 inch thick, the Ease looks a lot like an elongated Pursuit. It has a nice sporty stripe along its border, and the rounded corners and textured back plate give the phone a solid and secure feel in the hand. The Ease is rather heavy at 4.86 ounces.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Pantech & Curitel
  • Service Provider AT&T
  • Diagonal Size 3.2 in
  • Weight 4.86 oz
  • Sensors Pedometer
  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Additional Features TTY compatible, intelligent typing (T9), multitasking, software updates FOTA (Firmware Over The Air)
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