August 30th 2012 1:56 pm

77

A good phone held back by buggy software and a lousy camera

77

Even with the Pantech Flex's low price of $50, the question is whether it's worth a two-year commitment. To its credit, the phone offers the same level of performance you'll find in top-tier devices, along with a quality display, long battery life and access to AT&T's LTE network. Jokes about multiple personalities aside, the Flex includes two excellent software environments that should appeal to experts and novices alike. Pantech's Easy Experience mode is particularly well-suited to the elderly, thanks to its use of large type and its straightforward UI. Meanwhile, Pantech's traditional software environment combines the best elements of Android Ice Cream Sandwich with some useful apps and nice customization options.

As with any budget smartphone, it should come as no surprise that Pantech had to cut a few corners in order to hit that $50 price point. In this case, the camera is the main casualty. Put simply, the camera is completely inappropriate for those even remotely interested in casual photography. Worse, the camera app is prone to crashes, causing restarts and corrupt files. With this in mind, if imaging quality is important, you'll need to look elsewhere for your next smartphone. If, on the other hand, you can accept that the camera is an afterthought, the Pantech Flex offers excellent value.

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Critic reviews

7.4
4 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    6.7
  • Display
    6.6
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Camera
    5.8
  • Ease of use
    7.4
  • Design and form factor
    7.3
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.2
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    8.0

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User reviews

9.0
1 review
  • Reception and call quality
    10
  • Display
    8.0
  • Battery life
    10
  • Camera
    6.0
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    10
  • Portability (size / weight)
    10
  • Media support
    10
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    10
7.0
Engadget Oct 26, 2012

The Pantech Flex offers excellent performance and is a great value. Unfortunately, its dismal camera is a major turn-off.

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8.0
PC Mag Sep 26, 2012

The Pantech Flex for AT&T is a tremendous value for the money, with features and performance comparable with much pricier smartphones.

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7.0
CNET Sep 13, 2012

Its bargain price tag will help prospective buyers overlook the Pantech Flex's weaknesses, and those seeking Android Ice Cream Sandwich with training wheels will find its optional easy mode appealing.

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8.0
Mobiledia Sep 8, 2012

If you get flustered by all the apps and worry moving to Android is going to be too intense, the Pantech Flex is a good option at an affordable price.

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9.0
cubbyboy57 cubbyboy57

I am not an expert, comparing this phone to my last phone (Sprint HTC). I like Jellybean a lot more than Gingerbread. Battery life a lot better. Better coverage and call quality (don't know if it is the phone or provider). I like the Pantech.

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