Pantech Hotshot (Verizon Wireless)
$299.00 without a service plan
$299.00 without a service plan
$299.00 without a service plan
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- Display: 3.2-inches
- Camera: 3.2-MP
- Up to 5 hours of talk time
- Released in October, 2011
- Sleek, affordable messaging phone with 3.2-inch touchscreen, onscreen QWERTY keyboard, and Opera web browser with Adobe Flash support
- Access to VZ Navigator for GPS turn-by-turn directions and V Cast Videos (optional services)
- 3.2-MP camera/camcorder; Bluetooth 3.0; 2 GB microSD card; free Verizon Backup Assistant; access to personal e-mail
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- Size (LWH): 4.67 inches, 2.35 inches, 0.35 inches
- Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Network Compatibility: CDMA
- Minimum Rated Talk Time: 300 minutes
- Minimum Rated Standby Time: 342 hours
Designed to keep you easily connected via voice, text, and the web, the nicely affordable Pantech Hotshot for Verizon Wireless offers a sleek design, 3.2-inch touchscreen, and 3G data capabilities. The Hotshot has three home screens for customization, allowing you to add favorite contacts, pictures and shortcuts to those screens. Additionally, you'll be able to view your favorite video clips and sports or news highlights using the optional V CAST Video service.
Sleek design with 3.2-inch touchscreen (view larger).
Never worry about losing a name or number again with Backup Assistant, a complimentary service from Verizon Wireless that automatically backs up your mobile contacts to your online address book. You can add, delete, edit and print your contacts online and send the changes to your mobile phone.
With popular must-have features like a music player, downloadable games and apps, and an integrated 3.2 megapixel camera/camcorder, the Hotshot can keep you entertained all the time. Its virtual QWERTY keyboard makes messaging and emailing a breeze, and you'll enjoy web browsing via the pre-loaded Opera web browser with support for Adobe Flash.
Other features include Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, 2 GB microSD memory card (with expansion up to 32 GB via optional cards), personal organization tools, a 3.5mm headphone jack, access to personal e-mail, and up to 5 hours of talk time.
The Pantech Hotshot weighs 3.2 ounces and measures 4.67 x 2.35 x 0.35 inches. Its 1000 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5 hours of talk time, and up to 342 hours (14.25 days) of standby time. It runs on the CDMA 800/1900 frequencies as well as EV-DO, Rev 0 3G frequencies.What's in the Box
Pantech Hotshot handset, rechargeable battery, wall/USB charger, 2 GB microSD card, quick start guide
Verizon Wireless Services
Reliable 3G Network: With support for the EV-DO high-speed data standard, you'll enjoy fast access to the Internet and Verizon Wireless multimedia services (additional charges applicable), with average download speeds ranging from 400 to 700 Kbps and peak rates up to 2 Mbps.
VZ Navigator Capable: With this GPS-enabled phone, you'll be able to access the Verizon Wireless VZ Navigator service (additional charges applicable) for voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions, heads-up alerts, local search of nearly 14 million points of interest in the US (such as landmarks, restaurants and ATMs), and detailed color maps.
Backup Assistant: This complimentary service automatically back up your mobile contacts to your online address book. If your phone is lost, stolen, or damaged, or you decide to upgrade, easily restore your saved address book to your new phone. You can also add, delete, edit, and print your contacts online and send the changes to your mobile phone. There are no subscription fees for the service.
V CAST Video: Enjoy unlimited, on-demand access to full episodes of your favorite television shows from all of the major networks, plus the latest in local and national news, live and recorded sports and entertainment and weather. You will receive over 100 channels with over 250 full episode shows and an impressive list of live sporting events each month.
Top Customer Reviews
My fiance and I both have LG Chocolate Touch phones. After nearly 2 years of use, my phone works perfectly, but her internal speaker started to fail, probably the result of too many drops in the driveway, so I replaced her Chocolate with a Pantech Hotshot, primarily due to the lack of basic phone choices (those that don't require a data plan). Out of the box, my first impression was that the candy apple red color looks nice. The touch screen on the Hotshot is the same size as the Chocolate (3.2 inches), but the Hotshot is a bit longer (by about 1/2 inch) and 1/2 the thickness of the Chocolate. It's so thin, in fact, that it's somewhat difficult to hold flat in your hand. I'm hoping a silicon case will add some thickness and make the phone easier to hold. The touch menu of the Hotshot is similar to the Chocolate, but I find myself continually pressing the camera button on front to activate the phone, which it doesn't do. The On/Off button is oddly situated on top of the phone. On receipt, I fully charged the Hotshot and the next day my fiance and I took it into a Verizon store to transfer contact data from the Chocolate to the Hotshot, and for activation. The Hotshot died 1/2 way through the transfer process. Verizon gave it enough of a charge in-store to complete the transfer and activate. We got the phone home and left it on the wall charger overnight. By the next evening, and without any use whatsoever, the phone was showing no bars on the battery indicator. Assuming a defective battery, I contacted Pantech and Amazon for a replacement. Pantech requires return of the old battery before they'll issue a replacement, which is fine if you don't mind being without a phone for 3 weeks. Amazon, a company with the best returns policy of any e-tailer I've dealt with, sells the phone only and doesn't have a surplus of batteries and spare parts to give, so they arranged for a replacement phone to be shipped to me, along with a return label for the defective phone. At the time I purchased the Hotshot it was newly released and so there weren't many reviews. In hind sight, I wish there'd been more reviews or that I'd done more research on Pantech products prior to purchasing the Hotshot because a common complaint among owners of this brand of cell phone is that they suffer from shorter than average battery life. According to the specs, a full battery charge is supposed to provide 5 hours of talk time and 14 days standby, but based on other reviews I read and my own experience with this phone, those claims are grossly overstated. The replacement phone is scheduled for delivery tomorrow. I'll post a follow-up to this review to report the length of battery life I'm experiencing with the replacement phone.
UPDATE 2/6/12: The replacement phone is working well and doesn't suffer from the same short battery life as the first phone. My fiance (there's a ring but no date) reports that after some period of prolonged use, she really likes the phone and says the speaker quality is better than the LG Chocolate it replaced. Also, after I wrote my original review, I purchased an inexpensive silicon case, which adds the bit of thickness this phone needed to make it easier to hold and use. I, on the other hand, am not entirely sold on this phone (especially its length, which is longer than the LG Chocolate) so I'm holding out replacing my LG Chocolate until, in my opinion, a suitable (basic phone not requiring a data plan) replacement comes along.
UPDATE: 7/9/12: For the past few months, the phone has been acting up with the touch screen failing to respond. Generally removing the battery and replacing it will correct the problem, so I replaced the battery thinking it was at issue, given the problem I had with the original battery, but the touch screen problem persists. I never experienced these sort of problems any of the LG or Motorola phones I've owned, not even after 2 years of ownership. Based on my experience with this phone, I'll never buy another Pantech product or recommend Pantech to anyone. FYI, my 3 year old LG Chocolate Touch continues to work flawlessly.
Things I like:
- It's thin but solid construction
- The touch screen is reasonably good (don't expect iPhone performance it's more like your car's GPS touch sensitivity)
- Decent reception and battery life. I live in a town of 50,000 that has good tower coverage.
- Durable - I put mine through the washing machine and after a day in front of a fan, it came back like new.
Things that annoy:
- The display turns off when the phone is held vertically (how you typically hold it when you're talking on it). Sometimes this happens when I'm texting though. It requires a couple button pushes to bring it back.
- It takes about 30 seconds for the phone to go to sleep and I haven't found the short cut to disengage the touch screen. As a result, sometimes when I drop it in my pocket, i can hear it beeping and have to pull it out to make sure it's not calling someone.
- Battery life is okay, not great.