Another June 20th Launch for AT&T, this time it’s the Pantech Ease, and I’m wondering why I don’t have one yet for review… The Ease is made for quick messaging, but it looks almost like a smartphone with it’s full QWERTY keyboard that slides out. Price will be $69.99 after $50 mail-in rebate with 2yr service agreement of course..
Ease takes into account user experience design principles to ensure an easy-to-use experience.
-- Streamlined, Targeted Menu - Navigating the phone's features is straightforward with the Easy Mode, which minimizes scrolling and highlights the features customers want to access most. -- Large Font - Ease uses a highly visible large font. Additionally, users can increase or minimize the font of received messages with either touch or physical zoom in or out keys. -- Easy-to-Use Buttons - Well spaced, backlit buttons on the device respond with a tactile click when pressed, and remain illuminated while in use. Specialized buttons such as the Quick Contact key provide easy access to top 3 contacts and voicemail and the "Say A Command" key allows a user to make a call, start a text or open an application with their voice. -- Camera - Activated from the home screen menu or with the dedicated camera key on the side of the phone, the 2-megapixel camera with 7x zoom can quickly switch between picture taking and video recording, allowing users to capture life's moments as they happen and share them easily with family and friends. -- Specialized Tools - The Ease comes with a number of specialized apps to make the users' life easier. Users can track their steps and see up to a seven-day history with Pedometer. Readout mode audibly announces callers, text message senders and reads out text message text and Voice Mode allows users to dictate a message instead of typing it.
In Easy Mode, the Ease also boasts quick access to: -- AT&T Mobile Browser - combines full HTML browsing with unique customization features so customers can easily surf the Internet; view location-aware local news and weather; and read the latest headlines from popular news, sports and entertainment sites. -- AT&T Navigator - offers turn-by-turn voice and onscreen driving directions, automatic rerouting, real-time traffic monitoring and more. AT&T Navigator is available for $9.99 per month, and new subscribers receive their first 30 days of their subscription for free. -- AT&T Address Book - syncs contacts to an online address book so customers can access and manage their mobile contacts from their handset -- or their PC. There is no additional charge to use AT&T Address Book.