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Pantech Link

*Est. $0.01 with contract
Reviewed
December 2010
by ConsumerSearch

Affordable messaging phone with a sleek design

Pros
  • Thin, smartphone-like design
  • Domed keys
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Call quality is mixed
  • Browser is slow
  • Poor camera quality
  • Requires a data plan

In general, reviewers say they like the Pantech Link. Measuring a slim 0.39 inches thick, the Link's thin profile is one of the first things most critics notice. The domed keys on the full QWERTY keyboard also earn attention, with PhoneScoop.com's Philip Berne describing them as "surprisingly good for an inexpensive messaging phone," though PhoneArena.com editors say backlighting is poor. The Pantech Link is one the first phones that can access AT&T's cloud services, which allow users to back up their address book and other data online. Brad Molen, a blogger at UnwiredView.com, says the Link what its predecessor, the bulky Pantech Slate, "should have been in the first place."

The Pantech Link's 2.4-inch, 320-by-240-pixel display is described as "crisp and colorful" by CNET's Nicole Lee. Most reviewers agree, though PhoneScoop.com's Berne notes the presence of "jagged edges" on images and icons. Reviewers generally say images captured by this 1.3-megapixel camera are unexceptional, though Lendino says quality is "really quite good" for a camera of that caliber. When it comes to the phone's multimedia capabilities, one highly criticized aspect is the lack of a 3.5 mm jack. Its "saving grace," according to UnwiredView.com's Brad Molen, is its support for stereo Bluetooth. Two browsers come loaded onto the Link -- Opera Mini and a Media Net browser. The former, according to PhoneArena.com, provides "a supreme experience," whereas the latter suffers from long load times.

Lendino says the Link's threaded messaging a "useful touch," even as he warns against the mandatory $20 to $35 monthly messaging and data plan. Call quality is clear over 3G, Lendino says, while Berne describes it as "better than average, but not exceptional." Although Lee hears "crackling and hissing" in her tests, she likes the Link's call-recording function. Battery life for the Pantech Link registers at almost six hours for PCMag.com, much longer than the promised three hours.

CNET's review of the Pantech Link discusses the phone's hardware and software features thoroughly. PCMag.com has a shorter take on the Link, warning buyers about AT&T's data plan and other fees. PhoneScoop.com presents a positive review overall, but expresses disappointment over the phone's software. UnwiredView.com and PhoneArena.com also review the Link.

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Our Sources

1. CNET

CNET's Lee praises the phone's build and sturdiness, calling it "an absolute steal" because of its roster of features, slimness and affordability. Disappointment is expressed over the lack of a 3.5 mm jack, as well as lackluster call quality.

Review: Pantech Link (AT&T), Nicole Lee, April 16, 2010

2. PhoneScoop.com

Philip Berne finds the Pantech Link's keyboard surprisingly good for a cheap phone, but notes that images suffer from the screen's low-resolution display. He praises the phone's hardware, but finds the software lacking.

Review: Review: Pantech Link, Philip Berne, April 16, 2010

3. PCMag.com

Jamie Lendino describes the Pantech Link as "BlackBerry on the cheap." However, he calls the phone's low price "deceptive," due to the $20 to $35 messaging and data plan that comes along with it.

Review: Pantech Link (AT&T), Jamie Lendino, May 6, 2010

4. PhoneArena.com

PhoneArena.com compares the Pantech Link to the Pantech Slate and the Nokia E71. In spite of a positive review, PhoneArena.com offers alternatives in AT&T's lineup to the Pantech Link such as the Pantech Impact, Samsung Strive and LG Neon.

Review: Pantech Link Review, Editors of PhoneArena.com, April 27, 2010

5. UnwiredView.com

Brad Molen has a generally positive review for the Pantech Link. While Molen believes it "could have been much better," he says the Pantech Link excels as a messaging phone.

Review: AT&T Pantech Link Review, Brad Molen, April 17, 2010

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