Summary: The Pantech Breakout might not be setting the fastest in terms of raw computing power, but thanks to Verizon's 4G LTE network, it manages to hang with some of the best. If you're on a budget and...
Pros: Inexpensive, Good feel, sturdy, Blazing fast LTE
Cons: Single-Core, LCD Display, Small internal storage
Conclusion: The Pantech Breakout is a pretty nice phone, but definitely not for the price and not for what you’re getting. For $99 you can get a much faster smartphone with a better screen and camera, albeit without 4G LTE. But is the faster data connection worth it? Not unless you live in one of the major cities, I’d say – if you drive a bit further from say, San Francisco, you won’t be getting 4G LTE anytime soon.
Excerpt: Pantech recently released the Breakout for Verizon’s 4G LTE network, making it the most cheapest entry point to Verizon’s lightning fast LTE network. Is the Breakout worth the cash or should you look for a different 4G LTE phone on Big Red? Find out in the full review after the break.
Conclusion: When it comes right down to it, the Pantech Breakout is clearly for someone who wants a Verizon 4G smartphone, but without spending a few hundred bucks on one. We like that it’s thin and lightweight, and feels comfortable in the hand, through the 4 function buttons on the front are a bit awkward to use. The 4” display is a bit smaller than its competition, but this also allows for the phone to be smaller too, which some people prefer.
Pros: Good 4G data speeds, Thin and easy to carry, Low cost
Cons: Camera isn’t that great, Limited 150MB for app storage, Below average battery times
Conclusion: We're happy to see Pantech move up in the market, and the Breakout is a solid mid-range Android smartphone with LTE. Though the phone sometimes lags a bit and 4G LTE speeds don't match top dog phones like the Bionic, it is currently one third the price with contract. The phone has a sharp display, runs Gingerbread and has dual cameras. But you make a few sacrifices for the price.
Pros: Affordable 4G LTE Android smartphone.
Cons: Slower data speeds vs. other Verizon LTE phones.
Conclusion: To sum things up in a very understandable and straight shooter way -- this phone is nice and it has impressed me. It may not have a simple, thin, and elegant design like the Galaxy S II. Nor does it boast a dual-core processor, and the screen isn't 4.5" inches either. What we do have is a very very solid device that has great build quality, almost every feature we've come to want and expect from our smartphones, a decent sized screen that actually looks great for the...