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Pantech PN-218 review: Pantech PN-218

The PN-218's camera comes with a flash.

The PN-218's VGA camera includes a lot of options. You can take pictures in three resolutions (640x480, 320x240 and 160x120) and choose from three quality settings. Other options include brightness and contrast settings, five color effects, a contrast, a self timer and four shutter sounds (there's also a silent option). The flash works relatively well for brightening dim situations.

You can personalize the PN-218 with a variety of wallpapers, screensavers and sounds. You can download more choices and more ringtones with the WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser. Gamers are out of luck, as the PN-218 doesn't come with any titles.

We tested the dualband (CDMA 800/1900) PN-218 in San Francisco. The Bay Area doesn't have native Alltel coverage, so we were using Sprint's service for roaming. Check back soon for a full report on the call quality.

The Pantech PN-218 has a rated battery life of 3.5 hours talk time and 8.4 days standby time. According to FCC radiation tests the PN-218 has a digital SAR rating of 1.42 watts per kilogram.

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