As many of you know, I was an early adopter of the Motorola Droid. And I love the Droid, and use it HEAVILY. But It was starting to show signs of wear and tear, and it was starting to lock up on me and requiring a reboot 2 or 3 times a week (app related I’m sure, but still annoying). So while it was still functional, I decided it was time to upgrade since my wife was having surgery, and I wanted a phone I could work and play on.
But being on a tight budget, I wasn’t sure what I could… and then Verizon released the Breakout. So I read and watched the reviews that were available, and decided to buy it. After using it for a week, here’s what I like and don’t like about it.
What I like about the Pantech Breakout:
- It is faster than my Droid. I admit it’s not a speed demon compared to the Bionic or one of the other high end phones, but it IS faster than the Droid.
- I like the overall size. Big screen. But it’s not so big that you can’t hold it comfortably.
- It’s 4G capable. Not that I have 4G in my zipcode yet, but why spend twice the money for a 3G phone at this point in the game?
- It has real hardware buttons! Call me old school, but I like physical buttons.
- There are 7 home screens available to use. Very cool if you use a lot of widgets.
- There’s no flash for the camera.
- The headphone jack is on the top left side of the unit. Which works ok if you have it in a holster on your belt (which by the way, I am *STILL* using the leather holster I had for my Palm Treo 650 – it has securely held my Treo, Tilt, Ozone, Droid, and now the Pantech). But the side connection makes it hard to use as an MP3 player and drop into a shirt pocket.
- There is no car or multimedia “dock” mode. I think I’ll miss that the most about the Droid.
- Verizon has too many pre-installed apps. For example, why would I want “City ID”, “Let’s Golf 2”, “NFL Mobile”, or what appears to be the entire suite of V CAST apps?