Many people today are moving away from their traditional ‘old’ phones whose main functions are making calls and sending text messages to smartphones. This trend is not that surprising, bearing in mind the fact that smartphones today are not only very cheap but also more powerful and with tons of features, applications and functionalities. Switching from old ‘simple’ phones to new advanced smartphone is never an easy step for everyone though, they often have to learn a lot, especially since they are switching to a new more structured operating system.
What if there was a phone that could act as a bridge between old simple phones and the new complex smartphones? One that is simple to navigate that necessitates a smooth ‘transition’ to smartphones while itself being a smartphone in some way? Well, soon, it will be in the market. The new ‘starter’ phone coming to Verizon wireless is the simplest smartphone beginners can use to avoid the ‘confusion and the complications’ of Android smartphones while getting full functionalities of this dynamic OS. The Pantech Marauder will be available on Verizon Wireless soon.
Buyers will have the option to choose a ‘Starter’ phone or just get the ‘Standard’ modes depending on how comfortable they are with the operations of the operating system. The starter mode offers a simpler and more intuitive experience to users and has only 4 home screens, a simple uncluttered lock screen and preset widgets. This simplicity makes this phone perfect for people who just want to make use of Android features without having to take classes to use the phone.
Users who already are familiar with the advanced features of Android or are confident they will not have trouble navigating around it can go for the ‘Standard’ mode. This mode has 7 fully customizable home screens as well as customizable lock screen and a shortcut to frequently used apps. The good thing is that users can switch between these two modes without losing data.
The Pantech Marauder is loaded with quite some good features including a physical QWERTY keyboard, 1 GB RAM and a dual core 1.2GHz processor. Some of the major downsides of the phone though are the small screen (3.8”) and the 4GB internal storage capacity which is so small, considering that the camera can capture HD videos of 720p. The upside though may be in the pricing of the phone which is $50 (with a $50 mail-in rebate) on a 2 year contract. Since it is an entry-level phone, the
Processor: Dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960-Lite
Memory: 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, MicroSD slot
Display: 3.8 Inch 480 x 800 pixels screen, Capacitive touchscreen
OS: Android version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Battery: 1680 mAh LiIon
Network modes: LTE 750 and CDMA 850 / 1900
Camera: 5MP rear + front VGA camera; 720p HD video capture
Connectivity: Bluetooth V4.0. USB, WiFi, Mobile Hotspot
Input: 5 row slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard
What do you think of the Marauder? Would you go for this starter phone?