Pantech C790 Reveal


It’s been a while since I’ve taken a look at any cell phones hasn’t it? Well today I’ve got the new Pantech C790 Reveal for you. The Reveal is for AT&T and it’s considered a messaging phone, it features a full slide out QWERTY keyboard and a regular dialer keypad as well. It’s got a 1.3MP camera in it, along with bluetooth, AT&T navigator and access to most all other stuff on the AT&T network as well. It’s not a smartphone by any means, but it resembles one. One of the nice features of the Reveal is that both keyboards are active at the same time so basically you’ve got a full QWERTY keyboard with a separate numeric keypad as well, so there’s no pushing a function button to access numbers. The music player is also something that I like quite a bit, the layout is nice and it’s easy to use. The features of the phone can be numerous but it’s a phone first and foremost and that’s what it needs to do the best I think and the Reveal works well as a phone for making calls too. So read on to learn more about a great little messaging phone…

First up we’ve got the Unboxing video for you, and then some still pictures of the Reveal following it:

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Pantech C790 Reveal

Reveal is a slim, responsive slider that features an open-faced numeric keypad on the front of the phone which glides up to uncover a full keyboard underneath.  Uniquely, both sets of keys stay active simultaneously, giving users fast access to numbers and letters at the same time – providing a truly quick messaging experience.  Ideal for updating statuses with new pictures and videos, texting, IMing or emailing friends, Reveal keeps everyone connected to their digital life at every moment of the day.  All of this happens at the speed of 3G, which makes playing and managing music and videos a breeze.

Reveal is one of the first phones to come preloaded with AT&T’s new HTML mobile browser and home page, which combines the best of full and fast HTML browsing with custom features for personalizing favorite bookmarks and local searches.

Reveal features a wide range of cool options that include:
* Two, Always-active Keyboards – Full QWERTY and numeric keyboards stay active when both are open to make writing messages with numbers and letters easier than ever.
* Music and Video – Discover, play, store and manage your favorite music and video using AT&T’s portfolio of mobile music services, including Napster & eMusic Mobile.
* 3G Speeds – The nation’s fastest 3G network makes browsing the Web, updating your status, and streaming music and video fast and enjoyable.
* Navigation – AT&T Navigator provides voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions in real time.
* Video Recording and Picture Taking – Take and share pics and video clips using AT&T’s Video Share calling.

Technical Specifications:
Battery Capacity: 950 mAh
Talk time: Up to 3 hours
Standby time: Up to 10 days

Weight3.95 ounces
Size (inches)3.9 x 2.35 x 0.58 inches

Internal memory storage: 256 MB

Expandable memory storage: 16 GB microSD

Wireless Technology;
GSM/GPRS: 850/900/1800/900 MHz
3G: UMTS 850/1900/2100 MHz
EDGE high speed data network
BLUETOOTH technology: 1.2

Display size: 2.2 inches
Resolution (pixels): 320 x 240
Colors: 260K

Resolution: 1.3 megapixels
Zoom: 4X

The Reveal is a bit of a large phone, it’s wide, but yet it’s very thin, it still fits in your hand comfortably though.

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The interface is fairly basic, but it’s easy to use, and of course you’ll find the AT&T bloat junk there as well. It would be nice if these phones, not just those from Pantech, but any phone could come without the bloat junk and up selling tactics. When you slide the Reveal open both keyboards will light up for a few seconds as well.

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Here’s a video of the interface along with my comments about the phone, you’ll find the interface is very similar to other Pantech phones and it’s easy to navigate.

I used the Bluetooth with two different BT headsets and both worked perfectly fine, once they were paired the first time they automatically connected every time thereafter.

The call quality is decent, but as I mentioned in the video, it depends on the network I was calling. When calling AT&T calls were perfect, but when I talked to people on Verizon they weren’t that great, at least that’s what I was told, on my end the calls sounded fine.

I got the rated talk time and standby time from the Reveal, so that’s all good there.

I like the screen, it’s big and colorful, though the icons do look a bit pixellated, but not too bad though.

The browser works for surfing the web, and the speed is comparable to other phones.

The overall design of the phone is nice, it feels solid and the slider works well.

The built in speaker works for calls, it’s not bad, but you won’t want to listen to music through it.

Speaking of music, the music player is one of the best features of the Reveal, I’m not sure what it is about it, but I really like it and how it works.

The Reveal can be customized with backgrounds and a couple styles to choose from, and you can use MP3 files for ringtones.

It’s no Windows Mobile phone, but for what it is I like it quite a bit, it’s not a bad little phone really.

As far as signal, I had no problem with that, but with AT&T I’ve never had a problem getting a signal where I’m located either.

The video camera isn’t the best, but it works for quick little videos, no demo for that.

I do have a few picture for you though, the first three are taken outside in natural light and the last four are taken inside.

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The pictures taken in natural or sunlight are much nicer than those taken indoors. When taking them inside you’ve really got to hold the phone still to get a decent picture.

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Overall the Pantech Reveal is a great little phone really. I like the music player quite a bit, and the dual active keyboard makes typing much quicker and easier. The Reveal is nicely made, it feels solid and sturdy, and it’s designed well.

The camera isn’t best, but the cost of the phone is inexpensive really, so I didn’t expect great quality pictures.<

Call quality on my end was fine, but I was told that sometimes the quality on the receiving end wasn’t clear.


+Easy to use
+Well made and designed
+Decent call quality on my end

-Call quality on receiving end is not the best
-Camera is not the best


  20 comments for “Pantech C790 Reveal

  1. Tony
    March 2, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Hello; I love my REVEAL phone a lot, the features are awesome, i just love this phone and for it’s size it does a lot,,,,, i think. I need someone to tell me why i get a blue battery flashing icon on my phone? I read the entire owners manual but i didn’t found anything. Do you know why?????

  2. Rob
    March 25, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Enjoyed your review and agreed with for the most part. My biggest complaint is the inabilty to use pre-purchased mp3 files as ringtones. Is this an attempt by AT&T to make one pay for every ringtone they might want to use? If so, I find this to be a relatively big turnoff, especially as I have never experienced this problem beforehand.
    If you could share any insight it would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Deb
    March 25, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Also questioning the use of non-ATT purchased ringtones. Made & purchased 5 on itunes, loaded them on card and phone will not play them. Says they are wrong format. Any ideas that might help?

  4. M2
    April 11, 2010 at 8:32 am

    @Rob and Deb
    Cut those mp3 files down to about 30 seconds and then try to set them as ringtones.

  5. Arie
    April 16, 2010 at 3:50 am

    Does anyone know how to turn Java off? I’m trying to access a few sites and I can’t post on them with java turned on. Thanks!

  6. S
    May 7, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    My dad is buying me this phone and I HATE it. I don’t think ive ever hated a phone more. I used to have the Pantech Duo, which i really liked. Unfortunetly it was in my pants and it got washed. I am using my flipphone at the moment, the LG CE110. I like texting and even i dont mind that. When my dad told me this was the one he got, I seriously started crying. I want the Pantech Impact. He said he got this one refurbished because its free and i can text on it. I have $100 and he wont let me buy my own phone like the Impact, which if $99 with a contract for two years. I am really dreading getting this phone. I hate it already.

  7. Sara
    May 12, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    LOVE this phone so far. But – Ok, have I totally lost it? I have pics that I’ve taken with the camera, but for the life of me I can’t figure out how to save them to the SD card. I see the memory card tab… but no way to get them over there. This isn’t in the manual anywhere… I found how to do music and vids, but not standard pics. Has anyone figured out how to do this???

    • Melanie9466
      May 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      @sara :   Please let me know if you have figured out how to get your pics to save automatically to the SD card. My boss has this phone and is going on vacation.  I have figured out how to copy pics from the phone to the sd card… but she doesnt want to have to deal with all that.  Please email me at:  
      Thanks, Melanie (i am logged on under Jeffs page, sorry!!)

  8. Andrew
    May 16, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Okay, I love almost everything about this phone, but I really hate that the text message ringtone only lasts for 4 seconds or so. Is there any way to make the ringtone last longer?

  9. Jesus R
    June 2, 2010 at 5:24 am

    I thought this phone would be awesome since previously having a Pantech Duo. This is a real let down. I primarily use the phone for texting. I am nowhere near impressed with the amount of texts it can hold; about 350 combined sent and recieved. I can usually fill up the inbox in a matter of days. So I save the messages I want to the SIM but when I need to delete more to make room there is no easy way of deleting the messages from the phone itself. So you have to go and check off messages to delete one at a time. The alarm function is ok at best although it would be better if if you could set a more precise schedule. The calendar blows because your options for a reminder are on time, 10 or 30 mins, or an hour before. I don’t know about you but if I’m reminded an hour early of a meeting I have to go to, with this traffic I’m just not gonna make it.
    I’m rating this a 2 out of 5.

  10. Ro
    June 13, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    do pantech reveal work under different service/networks sim cards? specifically t-mobile?


  11. Dallas
    July 11, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Is it possible to delete the numbers in the recently texted list? You know how when you text someone, and there’s the people you recently texted right at the top of your contacts? Yeah. I text ALOT, so I was just wondering if it was possible to clear those out.

  12. brittany
    July 26, 2010 at 2:55 am

    i cant wait to get this phone on Wednesday i think this phone will be really amazing but idk what i should think there is so many good and bad reviews.

  13. Mariana
    July 31, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    What I really think phones nowadays should have as a “pro/con” list item is whether or not you have to constantly delete messages… Like “S” I used to have the Pantech Duo and I agree it was wonderful and lasted 3 years… One pro about it is that you never had to delete messages and could save sentimental memories. Does the Pantech Reveal do that?

  14. Mariana
    July 31, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Oh, Thanks Jesus R! Didn’t see your comment.

  15. David
    September 8, 2010 at 3:45 am

    Can the Pnntech Reveal play normal movies? What format does it require? I converted a couple of movies to the MPEG-4 format, but the phone will not play them. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  16. Lisa
    October 1, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    I had the reveal for about six months now and I already had to get 3 new phones b/c battery kept dying. Now the battery will not fit properly and att sent new battery and that one won’t work either. HATE IT!! LOOKING FOR A DIFFERENT PHONE! IT KEPT FREEZING ON ME AND HAD TO KEEP TAKING THE BATTERY OUT AND PUTTING IT BACK IN JUST TO TURN BACK ON.

  17. Thecastro5
    December 20, 2010 at 12:44 am

    hey pepole im getting this phone tuesday i am so scared i read what some of u siad and it bothered me the reason im getting this phone is becuse i dropped it in water bummer i kno i hope it nothing like any of u siad i hope it is good and not confusing

  18. Wa1349
    February 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Although some nice overall features, the Reveal does have some glaring faults. My wife an I have two for one year. There is a glitch in the electronics that when we terminate a call, it goes on “hold” so we have to n”unhold” that call. otherwise another call will not get through. And sometimes it freezes so we have to tun the phone off to re set. The battery’s longecity is TERRIBLE. We can not leave the phone for a day without recharging – even without making any calls. And last, the QWERTY key pads are way to small. There are other minor items. If it weren’t for these obvious design flaws, the Reveal could be a nice phone

  19. Blabonte35
    May 25, 2011 at 4:34 am

    If the guy a year ago never found out about his blue flashing battery light on his phone….just wanted to let him
    know that it only flashes when you plug the phone into the charger and it is done charging the phone.  The solid
    blue flashing battery means your phone is fully charged…. 🙂

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