One of Verizon’s goals is to persuade feature phone owners to adopt smartphones, which will lead to increased revenue over the duration of a two year contract. However, most refrain from purchasing a smartphone because of how intimidating one can seem, but Pantech looks to change that with its latest Marauder for Verizon 4G LTE.
Running Android 4.0, the Pantech Marauder offers two options for its UI: Starter or Standard mode. Essentially, Starter mode is aimed to help ease newcomers into smartphones by offering simple home screens and helpful widgets. For more refined smartphones users, the Standard mode offers a stock experience with seven home screens and a lock screen, which are each customizable.
For new smartphone users, my recommendation would be to try out Starter mode first, and switch to Standard mode a few months down the road. Starter mode is akin to riding a bike with training wheels, while Standard mode is pedaling on your own without safety wheels.
In terms of specs, the Marauder boasts a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4G LTE, 1GB of RAM, a slider QWERTY keyboard, 5MP rear facing camera, and a 3.8 inch WVGA screen. It is definitely a solid mid-range option that could help bring users to smartphones if advertised correctly.
The Marauder will land August 2 for $49.99 after a $50 MIR.
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