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Pantech Ease

*Est. $50 with contract
Reviewed
December 2010
by ConsumerSearch

Easy-to-use phone saddled by pricey monthly messaging plan

Pros
  • Sturdy design
  • Clear call quality
  • Large, brightly lit touch screen
  • Roomy slide-out QWERTY keyboard
Cons
  • Expensive monthly messaging plan required

AT&T's Pantech Ease is a cell phone designed with seniors in mind, but it is really for anyone looking for a basic cell phone with an uncomplicated user interface. Designed with two available modes, easy and advanced, the Ease has a bright, responsive 3.2-inch QVGA touch screen. The slide-out QWERTY keyboard receives praise from Jamie Lendino of PCMag.com for the large buttons and roomy layout. PhoneScoop.com's Philip Berne notes that the design features large keys without "looking big and goofy." He points out most phones for seniors, like the Jitterbug, look like "children's phones" but says the Pantech Ease does not.

The phone feels sturdy, and the raised dots on the back give users a firm grip. CNET's Nicole Lee praises the phone's "ergonomic and stylish design" and says "advanced users will like the 2-megapixel camera, music player, and 3G speeds." In tests, the Pantech Ease's battery life provides five hours of talk time for CNET and 4 hours and 37 minutes for PCMag.com. Call quality is generally said to be good due to noise-canceling technology. Reviewers like the Ease's large font sizes and simple menu options in easy mode. (Oddly, some features are not available in advanced mode, including a pill reminder and pedometer. Likewise, the more advanced features, such as the MP3 player, are not available in easy mode.) Berne says the 2-megapixel camera suffers from "horrible" image quality. Customers may also find themselves unhappy with the extra monthly cost for the messaging plan required by AT&T, Lendino says. He recommends the simple Pantech Breeze II (free with new/renewal contract) as a viable alternative, since it doesn't require the messaging plan and also offers easy and advanced modes.

CNET, PhoneScoop.com, PhoneArena.com and PCMag.com all provide in-depth reviews of the Pantech Ease. CNET features both editor and user ratings, along with a video breakdown of the phone's features. PhoneScoop.com and PhoneArena.com give detailed reviews of all features with plenty of pictures.

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Our Sources

1. PhoneScoop.com

Philip Berne gives a thorough review of the Pantech Ease's every feature. He sums up by saying, "In the end, though, the Ease is the simplest phone I've used with a full QWERTY. I would have no trouble recommending the device to my own mother…."

Review: Review: Pantech Ease, Philip Berne, July 8, 2010

2. CNET

Nicole Lee gives the Pantech Ease a "very good" rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. She provides a thorough review as well as a video review to demonstrate its "beautiful capacitive touch-screen display" and other features. User reviews are also available.

Review: Pantech Ease - Blue (AT&T), Nicole Lee, June 30, 2010

3. PCMag.com

Jamie Lendino gives the Pantech Ease only 2.5 out of 5 stars, primarily because of the required messaging plan, which he says "kills the value." Otherwise, he's pleased with the phone's touch screen, QWERTY keyboard and overall ease of use.

Review: Pantech Ease (AT&T), Jamie Lendino, July 8, 2010

4. PhoneArena.com

PhoneArena.com editors provide multiple pictures and an interactive 360-degree tour of the Pantech Ease. Editors conclude that the Ease is a "decent offering."

Review: Pantech Ease Review, Editors of PhoneArena.com, July 5, 2010

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