The Good The Pantech Swift QWERTY slider is cute as a button, has an angled screen, and uses finger-friendly icons and a home button for easy navigation.
The Bad The Swift is scuffable despite its weight, its processor is extremely slow, and the touch screen is unresponsive.
The Bottom Line The Pantech Swift is the most appealing Pantech handset on AT&T with a keyboard, but sufficient flaws keep us hesitant about recommending it widely.
Pantech Swift - purple (AT&T)
Positioned as the perfect little messaging phone, the Pantech Swift for AT&T has a cute, compact frame, a slightly tilted slider screen, and a finger-friendly menu system that works well with the mini screen. Everything about the phone, from its polished lavender accents to its single, intuitive button, nudges it toward the preteen and teenage crowd, and mostly girls. Yet, using the phone, these charms slowly unravel. The keyboard is acceptable, but not fantastic, and most of the apps, which aren't native, rely on slower 3G to load. We also ran into problems with the e-mail client, and battery life is short.
The $69.99 price tag (with a new, two-year contract,) is right in the range for existing messaging phones, but despite being drawn to the clever design, we have our reservations.
We happen to love the Swift's whimsical design, despite the fact that it's short (4.3 inches tall and 2.2 inches wide), thick (0.58 inch), and heavy (6.3 ounces). We also enjoy the purple hue that wraps the spines and accents the phone's single navigation button, camera housing, and keyboard keys. The extra weight does drag after a while, especially when you cram multiple electronic devices into your pockets or purse, but the heft also gives the phone a feeling of solidity. And the Swift needs all the help it can get. On its first tumble from several feet (it dropped while one of us was holding it,) the phone lost its backing and battery, and sustained a permanent scuff on one smooth plastic corner.