Pros large screen, weighty-feels solid in hand. Black in color. "Cute" icons, full Qwery keyboard.
Cons Does not perform as outlined in users manual-does not sync with Windows Media Player (or iTunes). Needs charging every 8-12 hrs. Very weak service (no service AT ALL in remote areas). No "missed call" notification. No flash on the camera.
Summary After spending a week on on-line and on the phone with tech support trying to get this device to do what it says it does I finally sent it back. I ran into problem after problem just trying to set it up,ie. load music-customize ringtones. I live in a remote area with very low service where, with my old simple little flip-phone, I could sometimes get one bar but got: "NO SERVICE!" period with the Pantech Renue. Very disappointed with this device.
Pros Nothing comes to mind.
Cons I purchased two of these phone in January of 2013. It is currently September 5, 2013. Both phones are completely defunct. Paperweights. They will not transmit or receive.
Summary During the window in which these phones were operational, the call quality was mediocre. The battery life of the devices was terrible. I am currently in the process of replacing the 2nd phone. It is noteworthy that neither phone was operational beyond 8 months. Both phones were maintained in good condition and were charged regularly. They were not dropped in water or otherwise abused. Since we had two of the same kind, we were able to attempt a "trouble shoot" by using both chargers and batteries in the devices. No dice.
My personal recommendation would be to avoid this phone. There are much better phones available.
"Avoid this phone."on by t_n_d
Pros -Long battery life (has lasted 2 or 3 days which is decent compared to today's smart phones)
-Feels light, not too bulky
Cons -Slow processing/graphics
-Counter intuitive controls.
-Tiny storage space
-Poor mic (people have a hard time hearing me when I talk to them.
-The phone makes texting extremely difficult.
Summary The graphics are slow. They barely keep up with my finger movements. The processor is slow. Things like even sending a simple text message take a long time.
The controls are counter-intuitive. For example, the button on the bottom which is either "Back" or "Return", is programmed very poorly. Let's say for example I'm in the phones settings then I set it down. I get a message from Bob later and I read it. I click the Back/Return button, and since I'm in Bob's message I assume it'll take me one level up to All Messages. Nope, it'll take my back to Settings. And if I hit it again it'll take me to wherever I was before that. I've never seen and probably never will see again a phone with such strange behavior. The feature is counter-intuitive, unnecessary, and frustrating.
There is absolutely no storage space on the phone. 300 messages? That will last the average person a few days before you have to delete everything. It's a cheap phone, sure, but I can buy a flash drive for $10 that would hold tens of thousands of messages. They seem a little behind the times on storage capacity.
Texting is a chore. Don't bother using the dictionary/prediction. As soon as you type something wrong, or capitalize a word, that will be set as the #1 entry for that word. The manual doesn't give a way to reset the dictionary, and try as I might, the #1 entry always seems to be the misspelled/wrongly capitalized/etc word. I had a phone 7 years ago with T9 prediction that worked better than this. How outdated can this phone possibly be?
Overall, AVOID THIS PHONE. I bought it because I was getting a new AT&T contract and I wanted something cheap, reliable, and easy to use. Cheap? Sure. Reliable? Reliably poor performance. Easy to use? Not very.
Please, do yourself a favor and get a different phone. It's cheap yes, but you WILL regret it. If you have any other option for phones PLEASE take them over this. You will be saving yourself from a lot of trouble.
Pros slide-out keyboard, touch screen, durable
Cons battery life, butt dialing, service goes out
Summary The phone works well enough on its basic features. It texts, it calls.
The problem is, the battery is horrible compared to other phones I've used of similar features, the phone doesn't lock well and I've "butt dialed" people several times while the phone was in my front pocket or lying on my bed. Service will randomly go out for hours at a time, even in areas where other AT&T users have full bars, including my family.
I do not recommend this phone at all if you'd actually like to call or text people.
Pros Slide-out keyboard, touchscreen, touch-sensitive buttons, Powersaver, Sketchpad, and expandable memory
Cons No photo editing, mediocre calculator.
Summary The Pantech Renue is a fantastic quick messaging phone and a must-buy.