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Last Updated: April 24th, 2013

If the phones that Pantech has released in America thus far have been your sole exposure to the South Korean manufacturer, you might be surprised to learn that the company has some legitimately awesome hardware in its home territory. The Pantech Perception... isn't. While it competes with the likes of the Galaxy S III on paper, at least in some respects, a combination of old software and expensive hardware makes this new Verizon phone a hard sell to anyone who wants a high-powered device. It launches on Thursday, April 25th for $100 on contract... after a $50 mail-in rebate. Remember those?

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Specs include a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display (Verizon is keeping mum about the resolution, but it's probably 720p), an 8 megapixel rear camera and 2MP front cam, 16GB of internal storage, 4G LTE, and (sigh) Ice Cream Sandwich. The 2011-era software is mitigated, barely, by a promise to upgrade to Jelly Bean "soon." 4.1 or 4.2 wasn't specified, but we'll let you take a guess. Want more information, like processor, memory, expandable storage, or battery capacity? Tough noogies, dollface - Big Red ain't sayin'.

The PR did take pains to mention software features like Motion Sense, which allows you to answer calls and scroll through web pages without touching the phone's screen, and Camnote, which allows you to take photos of notes. Which is apparently impossible on other smartphones, because of marketing. Hey, at least it's got on-screen navigation buttons, if that's your thing. If you want this 4.8-inch pile of nothing much, the Perception will be in stores and online on Thursday.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • yomama

    Here we go with ICS AGAIN!! We want Project Butter, VERIZON WIRELESS!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1660901409 Steve Coller

    ICS?? Really??

  • s44

    While I understand why Verizon would want you to buy this instead of the actual S3, I have no idea why any consumer would actually want to do so.

  • jonathan3579

    I'm thinking the emphasis here is on pile.

  • http://twitter.com/s99nj S. Ali

    Verizon is mediocrity.

  • http://twitter.com/Lirodon Lirodon

    Ugh! The stock launcher shouldn't have an overflow menu with virtual buttons!

  • Simon Belmont

    While I can understand the dismay of ICS (a late 2011 OS) being offered on a 2013 phone, it could be worse. ICS isn't bad at all and it may not benefit from Project Butter, but it's pretty darned smooth in its own right. I guess my point is, think about mid-2012 when Gingerbread equipped phones were still rolling out. I'd take ICS over GB in 2013, given the choice.

    That being said, the fact that specifications like the processor and screen resolution aren't mentioned worries me. It means they're probably lackluster at best.

  • master94

    VZW promise to upgrade anything means it wont or it will 10 months later if its not a Droid or a Galaxy

  • Major_Pita

    Aw come on, why don't you tell us what you really think of this phone? LOL