Review: Pantech Impact

Pantech Impact FrontDid you see the Best Buy TV ads during the Christmas holiday with the Christmas carolers suggesting the guy buy his girlfriend a cell phone as a holiday gift? When my boyfriend saw that commercial he said “Why would you buy your girlfriend a cell phone for Christmas?” I had to disagree. I would totally appreciate a brand new cell phone that’s cute and filled with nice features, like the Pantech Impact. The Impact is part of AT&T’s line of quick messaging phones. The phone I reviewed was a pretty soft pink, but it’s also available in blue. It flips open to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard with a 2.6” color screen. The front has a touch-screen with a numeric keypad with a small black and white screen. The phone is also fairly light and small, weighing in at 4.5 ounces and measuring 4.19" x 2.04" x 0.7".

Pantech Impact Flip
When testing the phone, I thought the sound quality was clear and crisp. I found making and receiving phone calls, text messaging, and navigating through various applications fairly easy. The keyboard was user friendly and, overall, I liked this phone better than the Pantech Matrix Pro, which I reviewed last year. The phone also connects to Napster and eMusic so you can purchase music, and when you flip open the phone the screen is flanked by two speakers. There were a few things I didn’t like about the phone. While the 2 megapixel camera took good pictures, it’s a little awkward to use because you have to flip the phone open. It also doesn’t include a flash. Also, I have to admit, I couldn’t figure out how to unlock the front keypad at first. There’s a small “hold” button on the side of the phone that apparently does the trick. You also have to flip open the phone in order to turn it on and off. Not exactly quick and convenient.

The Pantech Impact is available from AT&T for $249.99. With a 2-year contract, its $99.99 with a $50.00 mail-in rebate, bringing the cost to $49.99 (requires a minimum $20 messaging and/or data service).

So there you have it. To our Cutegeek male readers checking out this site for ideas on the right gadget to get your girl…It’s ok to buy her a cell phone for Valentine’s Day. But, then again, that’s coming from me…I’m a gadget freak and I also asked for a Swiffer WetJet for Christmas (which I didn’t get, by the way). So if you buy her a cell phone for Valentine’s Day, maybe you should throw in some flowers…ok and jewelry.