The Good The Pantech Jest 2 has a straightforward interface and a few welcome features beyond the basics.
The Bad The Jest 2's call quality was below par and its keyboard is too small. Its Web browser wasn't worth the trouble.
The Bottom Line The Pantech Jest 2 brings decent features for a cheap price, but its flat call quality and square shape don't do it any favors.
Pantech Jest 2 (Verizon Wireless)
Feature phones like the Pantech Jest 2 for Verizon Wireless are pretty rare these days, so I have to get in a different frame of mind when one lands on my desk. "Remember," I tell myself, "It's supposed to be a simple device, so don't get too picky about what it lacks."
Actually, I don't really say that, but it is important to judge a feature phone like the Jest 2 for what it is. Unfortunately, I wouldn't put the Jest 2 at the top of my list as a text-messaging phone, either. It offers a fair number of features, a bright display, and an easy-to-use interface, but the keyboard is cramped and call quality was mediocre. Even though it's free with service, I'd recommend paying a bit more and going for theinstead.