Pros Screen color and resolution are bright, vivid, and sharp. Phone is nice and thin.
Cons Phone is generally pretty slow. The Touch screen is generally not very good; there are many times where it doesn't register my touch or it misunderstands a scroll as a touch. A large number of pictures display incorrectly.
Summary I had an LG Dare before this phone. While the LG Dare had its quirks as well, it is so much better than the Pantech Crux and I am considering going back to the LG Dare. I was a bit surprised by the high reviews posted by others on this site; it makes me wonder if it was a marketing ploy.I've finally found a way to re-convert all my pictures so that they will display nicely on the Pantech Crux, instead of displaying as tiny pictures. Doing so, the rendering of the pictures have also sped up significantly.
I like to transfer pictures from my digital camera to the phone, but for some reason, a large number of pictures display in a really small size. I've tried converting the pictures to different parameters but haven't found a solution yet. Also, when scrolling through thumbnails of my pictures, the thumbnails themselves often display very slowly, like it's trying really hard to process the picture - even after I've reduced the size of the photos to a few hundred KB. Weird.
The touch responsiveness is good at times and horrible at other times and I haven't figured out the quirkiness of it yet. Scrolling through things, eg pictures, is frustrating because the phone often thinks that I'm selecting an item instead of scrolling. Coupled that with the fact that the phone is slow when it comes to rendering pictures and it results in alot of frustration and sore finger.
When I send text messages, I use T9. On my LG dare, when I type the letter "i" to start a sentence, it automatically starts with the letter "i" and I simply continue to the next word. On the Crux, using T9, it always starts with the letter "g" and then I have to select "i" from a drop down menu.... really really annoying and time consuming. As I am typing a sentence, the touch sensitivity is not very good so I find myself typing pretty slow or else the phone doesn't register all the keys that I pressed.
I have 30 days to try out the phone. If I can't get used to the phone's quirkiness, then I will return it and go back to my LG Dare.
Updated on Nov 11, 2010
Updated on Nov 12, 2010I've discovered why the touch screen hasn't been as responsive as I would like. I took off the screen protector that I was using and responsiveness improved noticeably. Before, when I typed messages, I could not type quickly because the phone would not register all the keys - so I had to type slowly and press harder than usual. There are still some touch screen issues but I can live with it now.
Updated on Dec 4, 2010After approximately 25 days, I decided to return my Pantech Crux and go back to the LG Dare. I could almost learn to live with its quirks, but it was the touch sensitivity that I could not get used to (even without a screen protector, despite what I mentioned in an earlier update). I constantly had to backspace to retype text messages or re-press a button because the phone didn't register my input. Strangely, in landscape keyboard mode, the touchscreen was very responsive, but in portrait T9 mode, it was bad. However, I found that if I pressed slightly below each button, it worked alot better.
What I liked:
1) Sliding phone to lock/unlock
2) Sharper/vibrant screen
3) Phone came with a metric converter (eg, 1 lb = ? kg)
4) Menu interface was polished
What I didn't like:
1) Touchscreen sensitivity
2) Phone seemed generally slow; delay in everything
3) Can't zoom in when viewing pictures
4) No flash on camera
5) Battery life "seemed" to be poor even when I hardly use the phone
"this phone sucks"on by cheer225
Pros slim and lightweight. I like the thread messaging but that is becoming standard for phones these days
Cons terrible touchscreen. makes it nearly impossible to text half the time. can barely navigate the phone because the collaboration is so off.
Summary i hate this phone. If i had an extra $175, i would use it to pay the early termination fee on this phone. i would rather have a 10 year old non touch screen flip phone at this point.
"Worst Phone Ever"on by rainedayz
Pros easy to access social networks,the slide lock screen
Cons worst cell phone camera ever invented
Summary I thought this would be a good phone.While it does allow me to access my social network sites that is about all it does.The camera is horrible & you can forget about taking a decent picture since there is no flash.Service with the phone has been horrible & I know it's the phone & not Verizon because the three other phones on our plan work just fine while i'll spend hours while it searches for service.The touch screen is ok for the most part.It seems to have a very tiny amount of storage space despite having a sd card & that is something none of us have been able to figure out.I got this phone because it seemed to do a lot of things & I really couldn't afford the extra $25 a month for the data package for a smartphone.I wish now I had just sacrificed food to get a better phone.I hate this phone.My LG phone I had before was so much better,had a huge amount of storage for photos,had a flash on the camera & actually worked without having to search for service.I could actually check in with my other phone,you can't check in anywhere at all with this worthless phone.
And to top it all off,it won't hold a charge for very long.I am constantly having to charge,charge,charge & I use it very little because well it spends most of it's time searching for service.
I will be so glad when I can get rid of this piece of cell phone crap & get a phone that actually works.
Pros Nice Look, supports playing MP3 music and Movies. Sterio wired headphones for listing, but not bluetooth. Types in Vertical and Horizontial mode for texting, but virtual qwerty KB is poor.
Cons No help manual other then how to enter a phone number. Crux is CRUD as a phone for options and performance. Speaker gets stuck on for all calls and drains the battery. No 3rd party applications and performance is slugish.
Summary Used this phone for 3 mo. and continually have issues with it. Requested help at a Verizon center and the Product support rep. for this phone was never around. Previous Nokia flip phone was well documented and apps were free to manage the phone. Not so for this one, transferring and managing the contacts is a pain, no direct PC application to create and edit. The documentation does not indicate the supported vCard level, 2.1 or 3.0. No Listing of supported file formats, MP3, MP4, JAVA, or JRE. This phone is lacking all the way around.
My fingers are not large, but the virtual QWERTY key board selects the wrong key when touching the exact same location. The capacitive touch keys require moist fingers to work and on dry days you have to lick your finger to get the contacts to work. It's a wanabee Iphone/ Blackberry with no instructions on how to use it.
Pros Great display
Slim but sturdy
Great call quality
Cons Nothing so far
Summary For someone who wanted a more up-to-date touch-screen phone without the required data plan, this is the best I have seen. I was worried because I traded this for a Pantech Jest which had a software bug no one at Verizon recognized as a problem--and I gave up after having 5 of them sent to me in succession! While I don't usually purchase a newly released phone, I've been nothing but happy with this one, even though it took me awhile to learn how to text smoothly, Calls are crystal clear, reception is great, screen is responsive and colorful, and camera even produces pretty good pics. And, best of all, NO DATA PLAN IS REQUIRED!I forgot to mention that the headphone jack is regular size and therefore does not require an adapter--another plus, in my opinion!
I have NOT experienced the phone getting warm upon charging or talking while charging as another reviewer noted. The battery holds its charge for at least 3 days if you don't do a lot of texting, about 1.5-2 days if you do. About average, I'd say.
All in all, this is a great phone that performs well and feels good in the hand--perfect for someone who doesn't mind a virtual QWERTY and who doesn't want a data plan.
I, too, wish there was a hard case made for this, but I imagine that if this phone takes off, there will be more than the expensive Body Glove case available soon.
Updated on Nov 22, 2010