"Good in Some Areas. Need Improvement in Others"2.5 starson by maxmaven
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