The Good An intriguing design, a helpful take on Android, and a reliable camera make the Pantech Pocket an interesting smartphone choice for AT&T. It also has 4G HSPA+ speeds.
The Bad No camera flash and poor video playback quality are black marks against the Pocket. Small controls don't do it any favors, either. Call quality could be better.
The Bottom Line The Pantech Pocket dishes up a solid 4G Android Gingerbread experience at a wallet-friendly price, but the extra-wide frame, absent camera flash, and poor video playback quality could deter some folks.
Pantech Pocket (AT&T)
Pantech and AT&T have a history of making some pretty reliable phones, including theand the . In the Pantech Pocket, you see Pantech's easy-to-use Android Gingerbread skin, HSPA+ 4G speeds, and a good-quality 5-megapixel camera, all for a very reasonable $50. In an interesting twist, however, the Pocket's standout trait--its wider, shorter build--is also its Achilles' heel, since the dimensions make it awkward to grip with smaller hands. Video quality will bum out budding videographers.
A black phone with a textured, slightly rubberized finish coating the phone's rim and back, the Pocket immediately stands out for its short, squat, rounded build. Even though its 4.52-inch height makes it no more vertically challenged than the iPhone 4S and the , the handset's 3-inch waistline is much ampler than most. At 0.44 inch thick, the phone steers clear of bulkiness, and at 4.4 ounces, it's light without being flyaway.