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Pantech Breakout 4G Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)

by Pantech
2.2 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 5 inches, 2.54 inches, 0.47 inches
  • Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: CDMA
  • Network Compatibility: GSM
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 348 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 300 hours
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Product Description

Product Description

A powerful smartphone needs a powerful operating system, and the Breakout has that one covered. With Android's 2.3 Gingerbread OS and a 1Ghz Fusion processor, there's nothing it can't do. Bring all of the most important moments in your life into better focus with a 5.0MP rear camera and VGA front facing camera (for those moments where you don't have your own professional photographer handy).

With a slim, stylish design and the latest Android operating system (2.3 Gingerbread), the Pantech Breakout exclusively from Verizon Wireless runs on the blazing fast 4G LTE network for super-fast downloads. The front of the Breakout stands out with silver button accents and a brightly colorful 4-inch capacitive touch display, while the back has a textured surface to help you grip the phone when on a call or texting, while the front definitely stands out in a crowd.

The Android-powered Pantech Breakout (view larger).
Pantech Breakout 4G
At a Glance:

  • 3G/4G connectivity

  • Android 2.3 OS

  • 1 GHz processor

  • 4-inch touchscreen

  • Pre-installed 8 GB microSD card

  • 5-MP rear-facing and VGA front-facing camera

  • GPS navigation

  • Wireless Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n)

  • Stereo Bluetooth

  • Personal/corporate e-mail
At a Glance

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network provides speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon Wireless' 3G network. With 4G LTE, you'll enjoy simultaneous voice and data capabilities, allowing you to check e-mail, browse the web, download an app, and check directions on Google Maps while on a call. Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network currently reaches one-third of all Americans, with plans to expand the network to the company's entire 3G coverage area over the next three years (learn more about 4G below).

In addition to high-speed 4G connectivity, you can also share the built-in Mobile Hotspot via Wi-Fi among up to 10 devices--laptop, another phone, MP3 player, and more (additional service charge).

Personalize your Breakout with sound sets, skins, apps, and wallpapers, and choose from a number of handy widgets--including Task Manager, Event Notification, Social Net, WebSpace, and more.

It's powered by a next-generation 1 GHz processor--enabling quick multitasking. The Breakout includes two cameras--a 5-megapixel camera with HD 720p video capture on the rear and a VGA front-facing camera for easy on-the-go video chats.

Other features include Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, microSD memory expansion (up to 32 GB card), GPS for navigation using Google Maps or the optional VZ Navigator service, full HTML browser with support for Adobe Flash, access to personal and corporate e-mail, Swype virtual onscreen keyboard, and up to 5.8 hours of talk time.

Vital Statistics

The Pantech Breakout weighs 4.87 ounces and measures 5 x 2.54 x 0.47 inches. Its 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5.8 hours of talk time, and up to 300 hours (12.5 days) of standby time. It runs on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, as well as EV-DO, Rev A 3G and CDMA 800/1900 frequencies where 4G LTE is not available.

What's in the Box

Pantech Breakout handset, rechargeable battery, USB charger, 8 GB microSD card, quick start guide, product safety and warranty guide

Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network allows you to download photos, apps, and games in seconds and entire movies in minutes. LTE (or Long Term Evolution provides significantly increased upload and download speeds over 3G networks, as well as significantly reduced latency (or lag time). Verizon Wireless expects 4G LTE average data rates to be 5-12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2-5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments.

With these blazing fast speeds, you'll be able to stream HD movies without the annoyance of constant pauses to buffer the video stream--as well as quickly download HD-quality movies right to your phone in minutes. Additionally, you'll be able to download a new song file in about 4 seconds or upload a photo to your favorite social networking site in about 6 seconds.

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE mobile broadband network will also redefine the mobile office for business users. Business applications that used to require wired networks will be untethered forever, allowing you maximized productivity and efficiency while you're out of the confines of your office. Enhanced security lets you tap into most VPN networks with less waiting, and faster responsiveness enables you to upload 10 MB presentations back to your team in less than 25 seconds.

In areas serviced only by 3G, you can expect download speeds of 600 Kbps to 1.4 Mbps and upload speeds of 500 to 800 Kbps in Mobile Broadband coverage area.

5-megapixel camera with HD 720p video (view larger).

Android Gingerbread Operating System

The Pantech Breakout runs the Android 2.3 operating system (dubbed Gingerbread) which features a cleaner, more refined interface with new icons, improved top notification bar, and more intuitive navigation. Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming email and then switch back to the game without losing your place.

An onscreen keyboard makes it easier to type thanks to additional spacing between the keys and larger font sizes. And the more you use the keyboard, the easier typing will be as the enhanced suggest feature records previous input history to make better suggestions.

The Pantech Breakout also brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day, including Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps with Navigation, Google Calendar, Picasa, and YouTube. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

Swype Keyboard

An alternative to the Android virtual keyboard, the Swype virtual keyboard allows you to input text by swiping the finger with one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard. Based on testing, speed, and accuracy are equal to or better than the traditional keyboard-tapping method. You can activate the Swype keyboard by pressing and holding in a text field, wait for popup to appear, click Input Method, and then select Swype.

In the image to the right, the word "mind" was generated from tracing the path shown above in a fraction of a second, by roughly aiming to pass through the letters of the word. A key advantage to Swype is that there is no need to be very accurate, enabling very rapid text entry.

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  • Ultra-fast 4G LTE connectivity via the Verizon Wireless 4G Mobile Broadband network, with expected download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps.
  • Onboard GPS for navigation and location services via Google Maps (with turn-by-turn navigation, street and satellite views) or optional VZ Navigator service.
  • Wireless Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • 4G Mobile Hotspot capability allows you to create a Wi-Fi hotspot using your Verizon Wireless 4G LTE connection, which can then be shared among up to 10 Wi-Fi-capable devices.
  • Next-generation Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity backward compatible with older Bluetooth-enabled peripherals and includes stereo audio streaming.

Google Integration

  • Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread)
  • Android Market for browsing and downloading thousands of free and paid apps.
  • Pre-loaded Android apps: Browser, Calculator, Calendar (Google or Corporate), Camera, Clock, Contacts, Email, Gallery, Messaging, Music, News & Weather, Phone, Settings, Video Player, Voice Dialer, Voice Search, YouTube.
  • Google applications: Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Maps, Google Places, Google Talk.
  • Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination.

Communications & Internet

  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video and IM instant messaging
  • Full HTML browser (Webkit 5) with Adobe Flash Support
  • Personal and corporate e-mail access with support for Exchange ActiveSync as well as personal e-mail accounts (Google push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP).


  • 1 GHz single-core processor capable of opening web pages twice as fast as most other smartphones.
  • 4.0-inch touchscreen display (480 x 800 pixels) with accelerometer plus proximity sensor.
  • MicroUSB port
  • Removable battery
  • 3.5mm headphone jack


  • 1 GB internal memory
  • 8 GB microSD card with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • 512 MB RAM for improved multitasking.


  • 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus.
  • Capture video in HD 720p resolution
  • Front-facing VGA camera for video chats.


  • Music player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC/AAC+
  • Video player compatible with MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV
  • Wirelessly stream content using Net Media to your DLNA-compatible TV.

More Features

  • Visual Voice Mail enables you to delete, reply, and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions.
  • VZW Backup Assistant automatically backs up your mobile contacts to your online address book.
  • Task Manager enables you to check and end applications in order of use to enhance your phone's efficiency.
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2.5 x 0.5 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B005OS35JQ
  • Item model number: Breakout
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,082 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Customer Reviews

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ORIGINAL REVIEW (see updates below):

This is the second Pantech phone I've had. The first one was functional and reliable, and so I didn't hesitate (much) to try this smartphone. I liked the features, and I got it during Amazon's 1c sale, so you can't beat the price (unless you can get it free). I've had it for a week.

I was upgrading from the Motorola Droid (circa 2009), which I loved. This time I opted for a phone without a physical keyboard because I'd been using Swype, which comes pre-installed on the Breakout. Because I was familiar with Android v2, the Breakout seems updated yet familiar. Some of the keys (back, home, menu) are in a different order on the Breakout, which takes some getting used to. There are seven "pages" where you can put shortcuts or widgets vs. five on the Droid. That makes organization a little more important, otherwise I'll be swiping the screen to hunt for the shortcut I want.
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Overall an amazing phone. Inexpensive but not cheap looking or feeling, lightweight and thin, this phone is great for mobile users and those that need 4G speeds but don't want to dish out $200 just for the phone. Although battery life may be a problem, this is standard of smartphones and 4G phones especially. A few well-chosen apps like Juice Defender and the GO Launcher EX Task Manager (A must!), as well as turning off WiFi/GPS will keep the battery life sufficient for a full day of normal use such as email and texting. Rooting the phone allows greater usability and functionality (duh) and further increases battery life (no more bloatware draining the battery to auto-update). Factory software allows for mobile tethering at amazing 4G speeds (mine tested at 14mbps!).

All of these facts combined makes this phone ideal for mobile on-the-go budget users who need 4G speeds and don't want a phone weighs as brick (or have the dimensions of one; I'm still trying to understand the logic behind a phone with larger than a 4.0 inch it supposed to be a tablet replacement?).

EDIT: February 13, 2012- I'm editing this review to reflect my 5 months of usage. Although in the beginning the phone was what I wanted- 4G speeds without the 4G price- this phone has a huge long list of issues that frankly cannot be dealt with. After rooting my phone and removing the bloatware, the fact that there is only 380mb of internal memory- 300 of which is used by the system and cannot be freed- makes this phone at best a compromise. Bluetooth functionality is terrible- this phone constantly disconnects, fails to connect, or simply freezes when attempting to connect. Software updates that are pushed onto the phone (61mb...
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This phone is pretty awesome. Fast 4G speeds and decent specs. i have had no negative experiences with this phone. Super customizable with android 2.3 Gingerbread. The processor seems to handle many many processes at once with ease. fast browsing and awesome battery life (if you set auto screen brightness). Bright and vibrant colors. very nice. and affordable. The physical shell of the phone has a very nice grippy feel to it with the textured, rugged plastic on the back. easy to hold and slim. Thats why i say "Miracle."
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A great phone. Easy, easy, easy!!! I am in my sixties and was concerned that a smart phone would be to complicated for me. I chose this phone because I had a regular Pantech and liked it, also there was a great deal. I have not been sorry. Would buy again.
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By R. Riggs on September 30, 2011
This is a great phone! It's easy to set up, easy to navigate and just plain easy to use. The interface is very smooth and it comes loaded with plenty of apps. You can get even more at the Android app store. We currently only have 3G in my area, so I can't rate the 4G experience, but it's still pretty fast. I'm very happy with this phone. It's a great value for the money.
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This is a great phone for only paying a penny to upgrage (much better price than the Verizon website). I'm quite happy with this.

What I like:
- 8 GB microSD card included
- One button and only one button wakes the phone up, and then you have to unlock it. Great to prevent butt dialing or accidently bringing up an application that uses data.
- Connects to WiFi to help conserve data
- Swype is a cool feature that helps texting
- Easy and very user friendly to use

- This one you can't help but still: VERIZON BLOATWARE that you cannot delete or uninstall without rooting.
- Is there a way to configure the touch screen? My wife has a hard time texting using her fingernails.

One great tip: On most all reviews for smart phones, battery is an issue. To help, download Juice Defender and turn off unnecessary functions, i.e. turn off data if you're not using it, turn off WiFi if you're not near a wireless network, etc...
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