"Buggy like most cell phones"2.5 starson by vincepsp
Pros: It's small and cutesy
Cons: Alarms, AIM text input defaults to T9
Summary: I have yet to find a compact cell phone that's not the size of a Palm Treo whose features act like they should. In fact, even the Treo has its shortcomings, such as the Contacts interface and lack of voice dialing. The Moto SLVR L7's backlight turns off before the display does, so when you press a key to turn on the backlight, you lose your place, iTunes limitations, etc. The RAZR doesn't have a note pad or daily repeating alarms- which even this little Pantech has. Speaking of which, the phone is generally decent and seems built well. Call quality is good, speakerphone is okay, camera is lame, etc. I have my cell phone w/me 24/7. I like to use it for a daily repeating alarm Mon-Fri mornings. All I ask for is a daily repeating alarm with snooz. The Pantec has it, but you can't turn of the alarm while it's snoozing. There's just no way to do it unless you either delete the alarm or manually enter the setup menu and set snooz to "off" (both of which negate the purpose of repeating alarms with snooz). You simply must wait until the next snooz cycle and catch the alarm while it's going off, then open the phone to turn the snooz off. There are no applications on the C300 that even allow T9 text input except (where?) - you guessed it, the place you type text the most; the instant messaging program. Everytime you begin to enter a text message, the application reverts back to T9 rather tha normal text mode. Normal mode is selectable, but you have to manually select it EVERY time you begin a text entry. Therefore, this app requires 3 wasted key presses every time you want to enter a new message, whether you're in a conversation or beginning a new one: one to view the recipient, one to enter text entry mode, and one to remove the T9. EVERY TIME! Lastly, the IM application has to completely reload itself each time you use it. Meaning, if you close it w/o logging out to view another app, it will take several seconds to reload the IM app each time you open it; even though you may be still logged in, it has to reload the app for 5-10 seconds. BOGUS!
These kinds of oversights annoy me. When you move into your phones and live with them 24/7 like I do, these little annoyances add up to bigger ones. With phones as expensive as they are (commonly $300 and $400-this Pantech was only $120, but still), I feel like the manufacturers should be rolling out the red carpet for me. As it stands, I feel more like I spend too much time trouble-shooting phone bugs for these companies simply because they don't test them enough in the real world.
If all you want to do is make a few calls, then you might like this. But for any real mileage, look elsewhere. This is pretty much just a semi-expensive toy.
Anyway, that's my take on the Pantech C300 and a bit more.