Review of Pantech breEZe II

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Today for review I’ve got another phone for AT&T, this one is called the Pantech breEZe II. Notice the accent on the ‘EZ’ there, this phone is meant to be easy to use and it is. It’s a clam shell style flip phone that is fairly basic but it gets the job done. It is though a rather large phone when opened, but when closed it’s slim and it fits comfortably right in your pocket. It’s on AT&T so expect to find a bunch of junk on there, but that aside it’s not a bad little phone for under $20 on a two year contract. The call quality is very good as is the battery life, there are some bad things of course like you don’t want to use this phone to browse the web often, the built-in browser is just very sluggish, and the camera just isn’t that good at all. So continue on to learn more about the breEZe II from Pantech an AT&T…


So we’ll start off with a video unboxing for you:

Included with the phone is only a charger and documentation.

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It’s a clamshell style phone with a display on the front, beneath the display you’ll find three icons that light up for messages, calls and battery.

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On the back of the phone you’ll find the 1.3MP camera and a speaker. I like the texture on the back of the phone, but I don’t like the camera placement at all, more on that later though.

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Removing the back cover you’ll find the battery, along with sim card and microSD slots. Yes you must remove the battery to access the microSD card which is a bad design, I don’t know why companies do it this way.

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On the sides you’ll only find a few buttons and ports, USB for headphones and charging along with volume keys.

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Flipping it open you’ll find a nice large screen actually, it’s bright and colorful and clear once it’s turned on.

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Beneath the screen are three buttons labeled 1, 2 and 3 which are shortcuts that can be programmed to open most things.

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The keypad is nice and large, there’s a camera button on the right side and voice command button on the left of the navigation pad.

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Here’s a few comparison shots for you:

Top to bottom: Kin One, Pantech Reveal, Pantech Breeze II, Pantech Impact, Motorola Backflip and AT&T Tilt :

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Here’s a couple more open and closed, same ordering basically but just backwards..

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As you can see when open the Breeze II is a rather large phone, one of the biggest I’ve ever seen. it does feel well made, it’s solid and sturdy.

Specifications:

Pantech breEZe II

No Commitment Pricing       $169.99
2-yr Contract Price     $69.99
Online Discount     – $50.00
Total Due Today     $19.90

A classic just gets better with age. Pantechs breEZe II is faster and gives users flexibility to browse the Web or manage email in addition to making calls and sending messages, thanks to AT&T?s high-speed 3G network. The front cover has three lighted indicators to quickly let you know if you have a new text, voice mail, have missed a call, or are running low on battery. As with the original breEZe, ease of use is key. Unique quick call keys make it EZ to access numbers you use most. The bright display, streamlined menus, and large keys are EZ to read. Use the Say a Command feature to make calls, address text messages, and look up contacts without scrolling through menus.

BREEZE MODE:
* – AT&T Address Book Synchronize your contacts between your phone and an online address book
* – Messaging Stay in touch easily with text and picture messaging
* – Phone Status
* – AT&T NavigatorSM
* – Mobile Web with att.net
* – Mobile Email
* – My-Cast Weather
* – AppCenterSM  Download entertaining games and useful applications right to your phone
* – Mobile Share
* – Say a Command
* – My Account

**These features also available in Advanced Mode.

ADVANCED MODE:
* – AT&T Maps
* – YPmobile
* – AT&T Social NetSM
* – Instant Messaging
* – AT&T FamilyMap
* – Loopt
* – WHERE
* – AllSport GPS
* – AT&T Music
* – Mobile Video
* – Mobile Banking
* – Preloaded Games

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:
* – Frequency: GPRS/EDGE Quad-Band, UMTS/HSDPA Dual-Band
* – Talk Time: Up to 3 Hours
* – Standby Time: Up to 10 Days
* – Dimensions: 4″ (H) x 2″ (W) x .7″ (D)
* – Weight: 3.5 oz.
* – Internal Memory: Approx. 80MB

CAMERA:
* – Integrated 1.3 megapixel CMOS Camera
* – Resolution up to 1280 x 1024 (1.3 megapixels)
* – MPEG4 Video Recording/Playing Up to 15f/s (QCIF size)
* – Self-Timer Function (5 seconds or 10 seconds)
* – Photo Album and Video Album

Here’s the front of the phone with the message indicator on and the display, not the best picture I know but it’s hard to take a picture of a fast blinking LED:

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The pad and the shortcut buttons do light up:

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Call quality is actually decent, volume can get nice and loud and calls are clear, I had no complaints from the people I talked to. When you make a call you actually have the option to record it right on the screen, which can be nice.

I had no issues with Bluetooth either, paired it with my Jawbone2 and it worked great.

Battery life is very good, I’ve charged it once so far, Friday will be one week since I charged it last. At the moment I’ve got about half charge left and that’s with using Bluetooth and data etc.

The main screen is very basic, and yes you can change the wallpaper and you can use MP3 ringtones.

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Pressing the shortcuts button takes you to a menu to choose one of the options already there and then you can add your own.

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If you didn’t notice the spelling of this phone is kind of odd, but it’s that way for a reason: breEZe II, the EZ is highlighted meaning that the phone is easy to use. There are two modes one aptly named Breeze and the other Advanced.

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Breeze mode is a simplified mode, only a few common options are there for you to quickly access:

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Here’s the choices open and it occurs to me all of my contacts are in my other phone and not on my sim card…

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Advanced Mode looks like this:

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As usual with AT&T you’ll find a bunch of junk installed, that they’ll want you to pay for if you want the full version.

There is a rather nice weather app included, but it’s only a trial which annoys me because on other phones weather is free except for the data usage of course. AT&T wants to make you pay to get the weather, on top of data usage. To be fair though the app is My Cast by Garmin, still though I think it should be free.

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AT&T uses Yahoo, and I do like the browser access page where you can see web, popular and even local.

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Web browsing is fast, sort of. The initial page load is fast, but scrolling is extremely slow. For example I can try and scroll down, push the button a couple times and take my finger off and then it will scroll after my finger is off those number of button pushes, it’s not instantaneous. There’s just a very long delay when scrolling, it’s just very sluggish overall and browsing the web with this phone is not something I would want to do often.

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Voice command is a nice addition and it seems to work well.

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The camera is a 1.3MP CMOS camera, so don’t expect quality pictures. There are quite a few settings for the camera, but it doesn’t matter much if the pictures aren’t that good, you could have fifty settings but they won’t make the pictures any better if the hardware isn’t up to it.

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Let’s take a look at the camera, here’s several pictures taken indoors. The Breeze II does not have a flash, and even though the room was brightly lit the pictures still look very dark. The BReeze II also does not take good close up pictures, and even the far away ones look a bit grainy, but color reproduction is not bad. The pictures are just too dark.

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Also the physical placement of the camera just seems to be in the wrong place, especially since the phone is so large when open. You have to hold like the bottom half of the phone or your finger gets in the way, and holding it that way makes the phone rather top heavy and more difficult to hold steady.


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Conclusion:

For a phone that costs less than $20, it’s not too bad, for that price I certainly wouldn’t expect a fully featured phone with a high end camera in it. For what it is though it’s not a bad little phone, call quality and battery life are very good and those are very important things to consider of course.

The browser is just horrible, it’s just almost unusable and  the camera is bad as well in both placeman and picture quality.

8

Pros:
+Inexpensive
+Simple to use
+Good battery life
+Good call quality
+Well made

Cons:
-Lots of junk installed
-Camera position is not the greatest
-Browser can be sluggish
-Pictures are pretty bad indoors

Grades:
Overall score-8-10
Design score-8-10
Performance score-8-10

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  • Walter Wertheim

    I received the Pantech Breze II P2000 about a month ago. However, I am hard of hearing and the alarm is not loud enough. I have tried several settings, but it has not helped.
    WW

  • Mike

    I just got a Pantech Breeze II for my 84-year-old mother. It looks like a great choice for her except that the speaker phone is essentially unusable. It would be interesting to know if maybe it’s just this phone rather than a characteristic of all Breeze II’s.

    • Cenz

      I went through two of the phones and both speaker phone modes are unusable -=The speaker is loud enough but the microphone sensitivity is extreemly low. Pantech help and att customer support were not of any help in solving this problem.

    • Zeir75

      You are absolutely right Mike. If you consider using the speaker mode frequently DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE>

  • Dwight Bement

    My old Pantech Breeze does not let me load pictures from the phone to my computer.

    How about the new Breeze II?

    Thanx

  • Dave

    I got this phone for my 88 year old father. He finds it much less confusing to use than his old phone all he has to do is open it to answer a call and close it to end a call. NO buttons to push.

    He can also use the voice command to make a call – one button to push.

    The sound quality is quite good but not when using the speakerphone. The speaker sounds like it is made of ripped paper.

    The battery life so far is unbelievably terrible. He is using less than 60 minutes of talk time per week and the battery dies every 7 days like clockwork. No pictures, no bluetooth, plenty of signal strength. This thing is supposed to give you ‘up to 320 hours’ of standby time but it is not coming anywhere near that.

    I’m hoping it is a defective battery and will try to get a replacement from AT&T.

    • Atuckeratx

      How do you make it answer a call when you just open the phone. Right now, I have to open it and hit the send button to answer a call.

  • Sue Ellen

    I asked about saving pictures to my computer, too. You have to buy a tiny memory card. It has some kind of bigger thingy that you have to put the card in, in order to put it in the usb slot on the front of your computer tower. However, from that point, I haven’t been able to pull up anything. I did save my pictures to external (the memory card), but nothing comes up automatically on my computer when I put in the slot. I checked ‘my computer’ and ‘control panel’ and don’t see anything to click to bring up the pictures on that memory card. Can anyone tell me how to bring it up?

  • zoom

    I got the Breeze II as a replacement. I really like the phone, but could not get the camera to zoom as the manual stated (1X-4X). Took it back to AT&T store where I bought it, and their floor model had the same problem. Anyone else have that problem?

  • Steveburris7123

    This phone is the most annoying thing I have ever owned if it weren’t for AT T z terrible return policy I would get rid of it.

    • Karen Gray

      I agree with you. The dot on the inside turned pink. They say this means water damage and this voids the warranty. This does not explain why three phones of the same model have the same problem. They make random calls without me touching it.

  • Weberella

    Atuckeratx – I just checked with Pantech and they gave me directions on how to set it up to answer upon opening. First, you have to take it out of “breeze” mode and put it in “advance” mode (there are directions in the manual for doing that). Once in ADVANCE, you select MENU, SETTINGS, CALL, ANSWER, SELECT – OPEN FLIP. After complete you can go back in and reset the phone mode to “breeze” again and it will keep that setting active. Hope that helps!

  • Karen Gray

    I have had three (3) of the same model of Pantech breeze and have had the same problem. I calls people randomly. It called my brother this morning at 5:15 this morning and then again at 5:30. I was not calling him and waking him up. ATT refuses to warranty it because a small dot inside has turned pink. They say that it means it has water damage. All three phones did the same thing, even though the other two did not have the dot turning pink. I have come to the conclusion that I will never have another Pantech again.

  • Bill wymer

    Have the Breeze, good durble phone. But I can’t figure out how to delete a picture that was put up as wallpaper and now I want id off the phone. Switches to drifferent wallpaper pic easy, but how do you delete

  • Eric

    I bought this yesterday and found the review to be spot on. The only reason I stuck with AT&T is the accumulated roll over minutes. I found Verizon had a better selection of phones and a better reputation for service. So far I like this phone. I only use it to talk, no texting or web surfing. Audio quality was my primary need. Thanks for the honest assessment of Breeze.

  • Gina Vanderflute

    How do I upload pics to my P/C?

  • Robert Comer

    I received a rebate of $50.00 on a $119.90 phone, not $69.90. Leaving me a balance of $69.90, not $19.90 on a 2 year contract renewal at an AT&T store. Maybe I should have done it on the internet

  • Chuck Murrey

    How do I download pictures from phone (pantech breeze11) to my computor after I plug in .

  • Anne

    I’ve got the Breeze II for about the time this review came out.  After using nearly a year, I agree with others’ comments and  issues with the phone.  Speaker is useless, nobody can hear me when I’ve tried to use it.  And mine developed a strange thing recently: it started duplicating entries in my address book!  This is especially true of more recent entries — I put a name & number in once as usual and the next time I look at it, I may have 3 or 4 more duplicated entries.  I’m wondering whether anybody else has had this issue or whether, Kristofer Brozio, you’ve heard of this from other people.  I’ll check back in to see if there is a response.

    • Eric

      AT&T’s address book synchronization is broken. Every time you add an entry it runs, and sometimes when it runs it duplicates all the entries in your address book!

  • JT

    Does anybody have a Breeze II that the computer will show the external memory card ? ATT sent another phone and it does the same. Have tried it on four different computers and three different memory cards. My ATT local store store says these phones will not do it. Pantech says set to USB, mass storage and computer will recognize, not happening. Phone memory will show up on PC Suite but no ex memory.  

  • Janicekye

    How to set up a voice outgoing message….. Hi this is XXX please leave a message.

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