My first Videotron smartphone..A really nice one..But still not real 4G!
Did you ever pick up something and like it right off the bat. That was my reaction to the HTC Panache..it has a nice solid look to it..almost classic and a really nice heft in the hand..at 142 grams some would call it heavy but I liked the substantial feel to this phone. Built with charcoal grey rubberized plastic, an aluminum back and a dark grey ring around the screen the build is just as substantial..it looks like one of those phones that will take a lot of abuse and last forever.
The front of the Panache is mostly screen 3.8″, 480 x 800 TFT..pretty standard fare..but it does the job and is a perfect size. There is a front facing camera for video calls and at the bottom, lo and behold real buttons in the standard Android layout
The back features a 5MP camera with LED flash that takes half decent pictures for a smartphone and okay video in good light at 720P..no more or less than I would expect.
Under the hood the Panache features a Snapdragon 1GHz processor with a 1400MaH battery that provided me with a full day of moderate use. The operating system is Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 2.1 which gives a slight performance improvement over a similar phone with Android 2.2 Froyo..enough that you will notice the difference..it feels snappier and the scrolling is smoother.
The HTC Panache is sold as a 4G phone. That could lead you to expect performance up to 22mbps..think again..it is nowhere near that. So Videotron joins thegroup of carriers who were the target of my recent rant about 4G being more about marketing than substance. At least this Videotron phone delivers a consistent 5mbps download which is better than the other so-called 4G phones I have tested.
If you were worried about Videotron’s new AWS network..put those worries to rest..at least on Montreal island. I got excellent reception, data performance and call quality all over the island from downtown to Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue to Montreal East.
I really liked this phone the first time I set eyes and after a week of living with it I still like the HTC Panache. Drop into a Videotron or mobilicity store, take a look and let me know what you think.