Just under a month ago we offered spec details for Verizon’s upcoming Pantech Breakout, which is their fifth LTE handset. You have to worry that Long Term Evolution has not had the affect that carriers had hoped, because just 5 handsets is not a true test to see how well the service holds up. Anyway, back to the mater at hand, there has now been a full review of the Breakout, which looks at all the aspects of the phone, but it is the performance and the battery that is of most interest to you and I.
Pantech has distanced themselves from the likes of Motorola and Samsung, as they have an LTE device that will not break the bank. Their devices would normally cost around $250 to $300 on contract, but the Breakout will shock you with its $100 price tag. As we explained before the specs are predictable, but what would you expect for the price?
The 1GHz single-core processor is not going to set benchmark test alight, but when you consider that is the same as what the iPhone 4 has, it doesn’t seem that bad after all. Engadget has spent sometime with the Breakout, and they say that you should not try to overwhelm it with too many games that demand a lot from the GPU. If you do choose these types of apps, then we are afraid that you will begin to experience some lag.
As for battery performance, this is where things go a little wrong, as the 1,500mAh battery is just not up to the task. If you have no desire to constantly play games or watch videos, then you should not have any fear of it draining before the day is out. We fear that phone technology is moving at a much faster rate than battery technology, there is so much potential, but none of them are come to fruition yet.
Pantech has done a great job with the Breakout, as it gives those on a limited budget a chance to get on the LTE ladder, the question is will you tack the leap?