Summary: The Pantech Perception is last year's mid-range phone, released this year as a budget option with decent specifications and a fun gesturing feature. Even free, however, it can't come close to competing with options that are available for $100 or even $50 on-contract.
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Cons: From its camera and processor to its older version of Android, it's notably outdated and outmatched in every category.
Conclusion: If we were back in January, the Pantech Perception would be a halfway decent mid-level smartphone for the price. But as we mentioned earlier, with higher end devices from last year being discounted down to under $100 on-contract, it is really a tough sell for the Perception. Even though we like its 4.8” 720p Super AMOLED display, overall styling, and ease of use, the poor camera quality and digital-sounding call quality is holding it back – not to mention it comes...
Pros: Attractive appearance, 4.8” 720p Super AMOLED display, Global Roaming capable
Cons: Outdated Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Calls sound too digital and unnatural, Poor camera and video recording quality
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.
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.