Review of Pantech Link


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Today for review I’ve got another phone for AT&T from Pantech called the Link. This phone is a decent phone overall truly, it’s very inexpensive, it can be had for only $10 on contract with AT&T. It features a full QWERTY keyboard along with Bluetooth 2.0 for wireless stereo so you can listen to your music on the go. It does feature an HTML browser, but the screen is a bit small, but it works in a pinch. overall the call quality is decent, and I didn’t really have any issues there. So read on to checkout the latest phone form Pantech and AT&T…


We’ll start off with the video unboxing:

Not much comes with the Link, just the phone, charger and battery along with assorted documentation.

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The phone itself surprised me honestly, it’s small and very lightweight, normally I like phones with a little weight to them, but the larger size of the larger size of the Link makes it fit nicely in your hand, but being thin it fits right in your pocket.

It does seem well made, it’s plastic yes, but it feels durable and should be safe in your pocket.

The Link does have a full QWERTY keyboard with function button for characters and numbers. You can just dial the phone without hitting the function key which is nice.

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There’s not much in the way of buttons or ports, just volume, camera, charging/headphone and microSD. The phone can be used as a USB mass storage device to transfer files to and from, but it doesn’t come with a USB cable to do it..

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On the back of the phone we find the camera with self-portrait mirror and a speaker next to it. Removing the back cover reveals the battery and sim card slot. Yes there is no flash on this phone sadly..

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Specifications:

Pantech Link

Link. Pantech’s sleek new way to keep up with all you have going on.

3G enabled. Ultra-slim – under 10mm. Full QWERTY keypad. Extra-large 2.4″ LCD screen. Messaging is its specialty, complete with full text, multimedia, email, and instant messaging. Just like the name says, Link uses the latest features of AT&T’s network to connect you to all that’s important. Quickly view and update your online profiles with one hub – Social Net.SM Store, view, and share pictures and video using the Online Locker tool. Pantech Link is the slimmest way to slide your whole life into your back pocket.

MULTIMEDIA
* – Mobile Share – upload photos to your favorite social networking sites
* – Music Player for MP3, MIDI, iMelody, WAV, MMF, WMA, 3GPA
* – Equalizer
* – Sync Music from PC to Phone (Napster & eMusic)
* – Create & Manage Playlists
* – AT&T Music – music services, communities & apps.
* – MusicID – music recognition service†
* – Billboard Mobile – music news & ringtone catalog
* – CV – fast, on-demand access to video clips
* – microSD Memory Port – up to 32GB
* – USB Mass Storage – transfer files between phone & PC

CAMERA/VIDEO
* – Integrated 1.3MP CMOS Camera
* – Resolution up to 1280 x 1024
* – Self-Timer Function (5 or 10 seconds)
* – Mpeg4 Video Recording/Playing up to 15f/s (QVGA size)
* – Video Share: share a live or recorded video during a call
* – Customizable Resolution, Brightness, White Balance, Color Effects, Quality, Self-Timer

Tech Specs
* – Frequency: GPRS/EDGE Quad-Band, UMTS/HSDPA Dual-Band
* – Dimensions: 4.5″ (H) x 2.4″ (W) x 0.39″ (D)
* – Weight: 3.2 oz. (with standard battery)
* – Display: 2.4″ – 262K TFT LCD, 320 x 240 Resolution
* – Battery Type: Standard Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
* – Talk Time: Up to 3 Hours*
* – Standby Time: Up to 10 Days*
* – HAC Hearing Aid Compatible (M3/T3-Rating)

*Certain features may use more power and cause actual standby and talk time to vary.

Price:  $9.99 (2yr contract, $159.99 off contract -AT&T)


The Link looks like most other Pantech phones out there in terms of the interface, you can of course change backgrounds if you like. On the home screen are two buttons for Shortcuts and Menu.

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The Shortcuts takes you to most often used things like Bluetooth, Camera, My Account etc, and it has spaces for you to fill in your own as well.

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The menu is a grid style that is graphical and animated, the icons aren’t too bad, they are a bit pixellated, but then again the Link only has a 320×240 screen. There are 21 choices on the menu, and that’s it, everything is right there for you.

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The link comes with Applications like MobiTV, AT&T Social Net, Mobile Banking, Online Locker, Mobile Video, Fun Screenz, PicDial and Mobile Web. The Online Locker is what you can use to store photos and videos on AT&T servers, though you only get 250mb of storage. The Link also features the ability to back up your contacts online to your AT&T address book. It’s what AT&T is calling their cloud services.

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There’s a few games that come with it, but they’re mostly trials as is expected.

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Under the Tools section you’ve got many choices like Alarm Clock, Timer, Media Player, Voice Memo, Notepad, Calendar, Calculator, World Time, Stop Watch, Tip Calculator, and a Converter. So they’re put plenty of useful tools in there for you.

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Here’s the settings, it’s basically self-explanatory:

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Browsing the internet with this phone is fairly fast, and it opens to the AT&T/Yahoo screen where you can search web, locally or see what’s popular. Yes it’s Yahoo, blah, give me Google and I’m happy.. The screen is small, a bit too small for easy browsing, but it works.

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There is of course AT&T Music section and the media player in there, it works well for music, but sadly there’s no 3.5mm audio jack. To listen to music you’ll have to get a USB adapter or use the speaker, or I guess you could possibly listen via Bluetooth. The Link does Bluetooth 2.0 that supports stereo headsets.

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Making calls was fine of the most part, one of the reasons I’m on AT&T in Pittsburgh PA is for the fact I can get a phone call in my house so the signal for me is fine. Actual call quality is decent but not perfect, kind of sounds hollow through the earpiece, and the speakerphone is a bit on the tinny side. Using it though my Jawbone2 though call quality was much better. I was told when talking to people they could hear and understand me but again it was a bit hollow and sometimes there are a crackle or two.

The camera is only 1.3Mp sound I didn’t expect much and I didn’t get much. There’s no flash so right there pictures indoors aren’t going to be that good, but they weren’t that bad either, at least form a distance.

Here’s several pictures taken from a few feet away to a few inches. They were taken indoors in a brightly lit room.

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Battery life seems decent, I did get the rated 3 hours talk time and 10 hours standby. The battery is small so we shouldn’t expect much in terms of battery life and we don’t get much really, about what we would see on a smart phone really.

It’s nice to have a full QWERTY keyboard, but it’s bit small really, the buttons are very small, but they’re raised kind of like little triangles that stop you from hitting other buttons near the one you want. it works fine yes, but it just feels a bit cramped.


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Conclusion:

The Pantech Link is a decent phone for the price truly, without contract it’s only $160, with contract it’s $10. You can’t beat that price really, for that price it’s well worth it.

Call quality is decent for the most part, as is web browsing. The display is a bit small though for enjoyable browsing.

The media player actually works quite well, but there’s no 3.5mm jack, but the link does have Bluetooth 2.0 so you can use a wireless stereo headset with it for music.

The Link is a thin and sleek looking phone that’s honestly well made, for the price you can’t beat this phone.

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Pros:
+Decent call quality with a couple small issues
+Bluetooth stereo
+Gets rated battery life

Cons:
-Camera not the greatest
-Web browsing could be better, screen a bit too small
-Interface is fairly plain

Grades:
Overall score-8-10
Design score-9-10
Performance score-8-10

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  • h4gg4rd

    I will be buying this phone today at the AT&T store. I will post my own rating out of 5, with some input and features that I have found interesting.

  • sharon

    I have had this phone about about 14 days. I like it much better then the pantech impact.

  • Dorothy

    Is it delayed or is just my phone? It seems to be delayed when you hit a button.

  • Tricia

    My son and I both have this phone and are constantly having trouble sending and receiving both texts and calls. Have to remove and reinstall battery to get the phone to send a text.

  • Jennifer

    I’ve had this phone for just over a month. The keyboard is not the easiest to use. The rounded “beveled” buttons are difficult to press. The blue colors on the fn keys are very difficult to see. When outdoors, the screen is difficult to read. It is extremely sensitive to moisture. My phone has never been wet but the indicators show water damage. I don’t recommend this phone.

  • Becca

    Well, I’ve had this phone for 3 days and over all it’s nice, except for the battery, it doesnt stay fully charged for more than like 3 hours, and yes, i text alot, but this phone is only 3 days old and i almost have to charge it twice a day? oh, no. i will go buy a diiferent phone. I do not have interent on my phne, so that kinda sucks, but the only thing dont like about it is, the battery, the keys are good for me, because i have big thumbs, i dont like that they are like a bublle but thats okay, the camera is decent. the call quality isnt the best , sometimes its like the person is screaming at me, the next i cnt hear them, when they are using the same tone of voice…
    but thats my inout on the pantech link.
    I would reconnend this phone to anyone who loves texting, and loves being on the internet. :)

  • kyle

    i have a question, how do you access the “background” on this phone. when you exit out of an app it prompts to close or push it to the background but i dont know how to get to the background. thanks.

    • pantech user

      hold down the volume button…hold it up until bar pops up

  • http://metay.com PantechGirl

    I hope my mom and dad let me get this phone I’m so excited!!! Seems like a really nice phone no matter what anyone says. Everything in technology is going to have some kind ofg isuess but who cares get a new one!!!

  • Tomas

    Hey I’m about to get this phone and I have only one question…. can you copy and paste emails? For instance, if I read something funny in an email and I want to paste it on a text, will I be able to do that?

    • tea

      no

  • Livi

    This is the worst possible phone you could ever get. I have had 3 of these phones so far because of it freezing up and not sending or recieving texts or calls. Whatever you do DO NOT get this phone AT ALL! It’s the worst phone in all the phones I have had.

  • Dave

    Bought a new battery for this phone because it couldn’t make it 24hrs with out a recharge. Its not the battery ladies and gentlemen, its the POS phone! In the shop now, Pantech Link Sucks!! Get a phone from a company that has been around more than a couple years.

  • YVONNE

    IVE HAD THIS PHONE FOR 4 DAYS AND I LIKE IT , BUT I CANT PERSONALIZE A RINGTONE TO A CERTAIN CALLER OR PERSONALIZE A PHOTO FOR CALLER ID IT SAYS I CAN BUT WHEN I TRY IT SAYS CALLER DOES NOT EXIST AND THE BATTERY LIFE SUCKS …. OTHER THAN ALL THE DOWNFALLS I MENTIONED , I LIKE IT ..

  • Halleerox1

    What’s the white square thingy on the back? On the inside of the cover, mine isn’t white it’s pink. And broken

    • nicole

      its how you see if your phone has water damage it turns pink when you get the phone wet

  • Melissa

    white square thing is back by the battery and if it’s pink, it means that your phones been wet. So have fun getting a replacement or having them fix it.

  • Oni_brandon

    This is absolutly the WORST phone I have ever owned! DO NOT BUY!! It freezes constantly. It has a low text memory. you have to empty your Inbox almost everyday or it freezes up. And even in the process of emptying it may still freeze and you have to removed the battery. The internet rarely ever works. I’m sitting at home with all my bars and 3G and still won’t connect to the internet. Save your money for a phone that works like it should.

    • http://zerocorpse.tumblr.com/ ZeroCorpse

      Curious. I keep seeing the exact same comment, word-for-word, from Oni_brandon about the Pantech Link on several different review sites. It’s almost as if he’s getting paid for these comments, or has an axe to grind. It’s especially curious considering that most reviews of this phone on all the major tech magazine sites are quite positive.

  • Nacari

    Best fone i ever had, mi tex ringtones dont play through

  • http://twitter.com/Twix2696 Lindsay A

    the pantech link i think is an amzing phone so far i have no trubles with it

  • Aol

    This phone is alright at best. I have had it for about 6 months now and hate it more and more by the day.
    It has a really hard time sending text messages sometimes. I will have full service and 3G and it still says failed to send. It has the absolute worste contact browser ever!
    If you are looking for someone in your contacts to send a text to good luck. There is no rhyme or reason to how it’s orginized sometimes it’s by first names sometimes by last. If you type in say kim and have more than one kim it will only show the first one and then the other people around that person according to it’s useless orginizational skills, it’s impossible to find people!
    It also has really bad call quality and has problems connecting the call, and I live in LA county where AT&T apparently covers everyone!
    And as other people have said the text message inbox capacity is extremely small, I fill it up daily.
    No cord comes with it to allow you to plug in headphones and listen to your phones music player.
    The camera is mediocre at best and has no flash.
    The battery life is horrible! If you use your phone heavily I would not reccomend this phone. I am a light phone user I only use it to text, maybe 5 minutes worth of phone calls a day (if that), no internet, nothing else. I have to recharge it daily, if you don’t it won’t make it through a second day. You have to charge it everynight, which isn’t bad if you are home everynight, but sometimes I go out and don’t make it home and it will die the next day.

  • Nevpopstar_12

    can the pantech working other countries

  • Shmoopy

    I think this had the potential to be a really great phone, but after 2 weeks it started dropping calls and getting error messages saying network failed when making calls or sending texts. The phone also constantly froze up when making calls and sometimes the numbers would not work. I don’t know if I just got a bad one or not but I am sending it back for a Pantech Pursuit since I do a lot of texting. I really did like a lot of things about the phone, but I think it needs tweaking. I miss my Motorola Karma.

  • nyaa

    I HATE HATE HATE this phone! I’ve had two in the past week….both are very picky as to when they decide to accept incoming calls. I’m returning this phone and getting a totally different one >_>

  • Jack_1

    I HATE THIS PHONE!!! its so hard i tried recording phone calls and you can here the other person but you crackle in the recording. the calls are staticey and the camara sucks! 

  • Poboyzplatinum

    my charger havent worked right since i got this phone, this not a good phone for business! wouldnt recommed this phone to nobody

  • Mommy_for_2

    This is by far my least favorite phone only because it freezes a lot. Which I have gotten use to but I just recently purchased a new car with blue tooth capabilities…everyone elses phone handles it find…mine shuts off as soon as I get into the car! Its so annoying! Got a replacement phone…another Pantech Link ii & it does the same thing!

  • Alex

    im going on my second year, it freezes every time i use the internet. really annoys me. anyway, i used to get really good signal, now i have no signal anywhere, i was wondering if anyone knew how to fix that?

  • IRFAN ALI

    i have pantech p7040p but damage the LCD any one have LCD of this model i want to purchase.

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