Excerpt: You could be forgiven for having not heard of Pantech. The company is best known for creating budget-level smartphones that fall at the bottom of search results when you're browsing your carrier's device selection. Next to big hitters like Samsung and LG, Pantech's Android phones can be easily overlooked.
Pros: The Perception's gesture controls and moderate specs feel more like a flagship phone from last year than a budget phone from this one.
Cons: From its camera and processor to its older version of Android, it's notably outdated and outmatched in every category.
Summary: With its crisp display, above-average performance, excellent camera and fast speeds on Verizon's 4G LTE network, the $99 Pantech Perception has the makings of a great buy. We especially like the Starter mode for first-time smartphone owners. Unfortunately, our perception of the Perception is clouded by a battery that won't last you through the workday.
Pros: Starter mode for first-time smartphone users, Tons of personalization options, Top-notch camera, Gesture controls
Conclusion: The Pantech Perception is a fine addition to Pantech's archive of relatively unique devices, and makes one wish they'd continue to push forth in the USA for a more on-time release. This device could have been a really great addition to Verizon's ranks if it'd been brought to the market right around a year ago. Unfortunately, since it's being shown here in the Spring of 2013, this release falls flat in the face of its much more robust competitors.