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HTC Panache Smartphone Review
HTC Panache is Mobilicity’s latest presentation to Canadian mobile users. Based on Android OS, HTC Panache is nothing but the Canadian version of T-Mobile’s MyTouch 4G. Let’s find out in this review if HTC Panache is better than MyTouch 4G or is just its kin.
HTC Panache Smartphone Features
HTC Panache bears an elegant look with its aluminum back, chrome trim and rubberized edges. Yes, you guessed it right! The aluminum back cover adds bulk to the phone and makes it weigh 168g. However, the weight is not unreasonable as it renders a sturdy feel to the handset.
The back side of the phone houses the 5MP LED-flash camera that can also shoot 720p videos. The speaker is placed alongside the camera like in most smartphones.
An appropriate placing would have been at the top edge. The top edge of the phone houses the 3.5mm audio jack as well as the power button. As the power button is placed at the top left corner instead of the top right, the user is bound to feel some strain. The left edge on the body of HTC Panache houses microUSB port and the right edge houses the camera shutter button.
HTC Panache sports a 3.8-inch TFT screen with 480x800p resolution. The face of the phone is also adorned with VGA camera and customary navigation buttons at the bottom. Physical buttons offer tactile feedback. HTC Panache also sports an additional optical trackpad. The optical trackpad is best used for text selection. The trackpad does not efficiently perform well while navigating through menus.
Although the display is good enough for the average user, it is going to be disappointing to those who want deeper blacks and greater detail in the output.
Sense UI 2.1 collaborated with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread delivers an unmatched user experience. Sense UI 2.1 offers customizable home screens as well as widgets. The widgets include an array of social networking apps and differently styled clocks.
The best thing about HTC Panache in this respect is the FastBoot option that well coordinated with Gingerbread OS. With this feature, HTC Panache takes less than 4 seconds to start.
The HTC Panache runs on 1GHz Snapdragon processor and includes 768MB RAM. This might seem like a setback from most recently launched handsets that sport a dual-core processor but the processor on HTC Panache is backed up by ample RAM that together account for smooth operation. In fact, HTC Panache works wonderfully while you are browsing through Flash-intensive content or using the GPS system.
The 5MP camera takes decent pictures in brighter surroundings but cannot do without the accompanied noise. In darker rooms, the LED flash works fine. Video recording is also accompanied with noise that renders a washed-out look to the videos. Also, the camera is well equipped with an array of customization options such as image adjustment, distortion and negatives.
HTC Panache comes with support for Bluetooth 2.1 and is GPS-enabled. The GPS comprises of compass that renders accurate results.
Powered by 1400mAh, HTC Panache works throughout the day only in case of moderate usage. Games and data-intensive apps will surely run out the battery soon.
HTC Panache receives signals in a pretty much similar fashion to the Nexus S. At full signal, the phone renders downloading and uploading speeds of 2Mb and 1Mb respectively.
At $499.99, HTC Panache might seem bit too pricy but considering the materials and features included, the price stands justified.