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Pantech Breeze III

*Est. $30 with contract
Reviewed
March 2012
by ConsumerSearch

Affordable entry-level flip phone keeps it simple

Pros
  • Great call quality
  • Affordable
  • Spacious keyboard
  • Spacious keyboard
Cons
  • Headphone jack only takes microUSB
  • Poor image quality
  • Looks exactly like its predecessor
Where to Buy
 

Experts agree that the Pantech Breeze III is a good entry-level phone that can suit kids and seniors alike, though PCMag.com's Jamie Lendino criticizes it for looking very similar to its predecessors. A slim flip phone, the Breeze III has a 2.2-inch, 240-by-320-pixel resolution display that reviewers say is bright and stunning, especially for an entry-level device.

Reviewers agree that the phone's keypad is spacious, with large, easy-to-press keys. The Breeze III is a bona fide messaging phone, with features that go beyond text messaging, including instant messaging and email. But while experts praise its keyboard and messaging options, they criticize its 1.3-megapixel camera's poor color quality. Lendino also points out that it's hard to find earphones with a microUSB jack, the only earphones that can be used with the Breeze III. He notes, however, that audio sounds good on a Bluetooth headset.

One of the features that makes the Breeze III a great option for seniors is its pill reminder function that sets an alarm for the time you have to take your medication. Experts agree that call quality is great on both ends, though Lendino finds signal strength pretty weak. The phone can connect to a 3G network, which Lee says demonstrates decent speeds, and uses Opera Mini as a web browser. The battery lasts 3 hours of talk time during CNET's tests, and 5 hours and 7
minutes in PCMag's tests.

CNET's review of the Pantech Breeze III dissects the phone to reveal its every detail. PCMag.com offers a shorter overview of the device and compares it to other basic phones. The Gadgeteer blog includes several photos of the phone.

Where To Buy
Pantech Breeze III (AT&T)

 (45 reviews)
Buy new: $179.99   4 Used & new from 0.009999999776482582

 

Our Sources

1. CNET

Nicole Lee calls the Pantech Breeze II a "slim and stylish flip-phone" with a "balance of features for the price." However, she criticizes Pantech for using a microUSB jack for the headphones and for burying the microSD card slot beneath the battery.

Review: Pantech Breeze III (Gray, AT&T), Nicole Lee, Aug. 10, 2011

2. PCMag.com

Jamie Lendino heavily pans the Breeze III for looking almost identical to the Breeze II. Even so, he still thinks it's the "easiest-to-use phone on the market," and praises its big keys and bright screen. 

Review: Pantech Breeze III (AT&T), Jamie Lendino, Aug. 9, 2011

3. The-Gadgeteer.com

John Schettino admits that the Breeze III has good call quality, but notes that there are touch-screen smartphones in the $50 to $100 price range for those who are a bit more tech-savvy.

Review: Pantech Breeze III and Pursuit II (AT&T) Review, John Schettino, Oct. 10, 2011

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