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.
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Cons: Outdated Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Calls sound too digital and unnatural, Poor camera and video recording quality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.
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.