A recent article posted on SlashGear has told us that a successor to the Pantech Pursuit is headed to AT&T, this is called the Pantech Pursuit II and should become available from AT&T on July 17, however we are slightly sceptical as to whether it will make any kind of impact on the U.S. market.
The Pursuit II features a 230MHz QSC 6270 ARM 9 processor, a 2.8-inch touchscreen display which supports a resolution of 240 x 320, a physical QWERTY keyboard, a microSD memory card slot which supports cards of up to 32GB and a 2 megapixel on the rear which features a 4x digital zoom and offers camcorder functionality. As you can see the specs are pretty poor and the only other things worth mentioning are its mobile email support, USB connectivity and AT&T Navigator software, despite its underwhelming offerings it will cost $49.99 (after a $50 mail-in rebate).
In terms of operating system the Pursuit II runs on the Brew mobile platform (Brew MP 1.0.2), when compared to iOS and Android this software is very limited, you do get three home screens, social networking widgets, a full HTML web browser and the ability to drag and drop shortcuts, however there are plenty of other smartphones available for the same price which offer a lot more.
Below we have embedded an image of the Pantech Pursuit II, as you can see it will not win any awards for good looks, however it looks pretty solid in terms of build quality, also you will notice it has quite a small form-factor, it is said to measure in at just 3.98 x 2.40 x 0.59 (inches) and weighs 4.48 oz. AT&T will offer this smartphone in two colors, pink or green, you can find out full details here.
As SlashGear point out this price is the same as what you can get the iPhone 3G for from AT&T, this runs iOS and despite having no hands on time with the Pantech II we think it is safe to assume that Apple’s smartphone offers a much richer smartphone experience than a Brew-based mobile ever will, also the App Store is filled with hundreds of thousands of intuitive games and applications to enrich your user experience. We know which we would buy, how about you?
As a simple messaging device the Pursuit II may see some success, however we just think that you can do a lot more for your money these days, currently AT&T will give you the Palm Pixi for free (as part of a two-year deal), we think that this is a much better option.
Have you ever owned a Pantech phone? If so, was it a pleasure to use?