The Good The Pantech Link is thin and sleek with a rubberized backing and a nice QWERTY keyboard. It has a 1.3-megapixel camera, a music player, 3G/HSDPA, and support for AT&T's new cloud services. It is also very affordable.
The Bad The call quality could be improved and the HTML browser seems wasted on such a small screen.
The Bottom Line The Pantech Link is an absolute steal with an excellent array of midrange features, a great slim design, and a wallet-friendly price. We wish only that it had better call quality.
AT&T introduced a slew of new messaging phones at CTIA 2010, and one of them was the Pantech Link. A long overdue update to the Pantech Slate, the Link is just as skinny as its predecessor, though it offers slightly updated features. It has 3G functionality and GPS, and it'll be one of the first few devices to support AT&T's cloud services like Social Net and the Online Locker. Combined with a set of basic multimedia offerings, the Pantech Link will satisfy those who want a low-end messaging phone that is light in both ounces and the wallet. The Link will cost only $9.99 with a two-year contract with AT&T.
For its low price, you might think the Pantech Link would feel cheap and shoddy in the hands. Fortunately, it doesn't. The Link measures 4.5 inches long by 2.4 inches wide by 0.39 inch thick, and it's surprisingly sturdy, despite how thin it is. In fact, it's probably one of the thinnest messaging phones we've ever used. It has a nice rubberized texture on the back for improved grip, and the overall build of the phone feels solid, even though it has a plastic housing. The Link is very lightweight as well, at only 3.2 ounces.