Last week, I upgraded from my Samsung Eternity to a Pantech Laser. There are a few things that I found should have been in the firmware (and could easily be added in a firmware update) but I think it is a worthy upgrade.
Instead of writing a long blog post about the phone, I’ll just do a list of pro’s and cons. A full review should be up in a month or so.
- Responsive Touch Screen – Yes, the screen is resistive (like the Eternity) but is much more responsive than the Eternity. I don’t have to use a stylus or fingernail to touch the screen.
- Nice physical keyboard – After using a touch only keyboard for 1.5 years, it’s nice to have a physical keyboard. The keys are isolated, which makes them very easy to type on. I’ll cover the keyboard more extensively on the review.
- Thinness – This phone is thinner than my Eternity, and it has a full slide-out keyboard!
- UI – The user interface on t he Laser is very nice, and is a little different than Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. It’s nice to have something a little different.
- Threaded Texting – If you’ve never used threaded texting, it’s basically like an IM conversation. This makes it much easier to follow conversations.
- Standard MicroUSB Charging/Data Port – This is so nice compared to the proprietary port on the Eternity. If your charger breaks, you can simply buy a general, cheaper charger.
- Lack of support for displaying files – The Laser can play back images, video, and audio, but if you want to view anything else, you’re pretty much out of luck. It can’t display HTML files with the built in browser, nor can it open plain text (.txt) files.
- Can’t install apps..yet – I haven’t been able to install any kind of app (I don’t have a data plan so I can’t use the browser. If you have a data plan you can probably install apps.) through the data cable. I will keep trying and make a blog post if I figure it out.
- Not able to zoom in on pictures – You can zoom in the camera while taking pictures, but not after you take a picture. You also cannot zoom in on pictures people send you or that are on your memory card.
- Laggy UI – The interface on the Laser is nice, however it can be laggy at times. This isn’t a huge deal though.
- Non hot-swappable SD card – To remove the MicroSD card, you have to remove the battery. It was the same way on my Eternity though.
- Camera – I haven’t gotten to use the camera much, so I’ll write more about the camera in the review.
Do you have the Laser or are thinking about getting it? If you have any questions about the Laser (or anything else technology related), leave it in the comments below or use the Contact Me page.