Today’s three-way battle brings three of Verizon’s Android smart phones–one candybar versus two side-sliders. Although individually, at retail price, the Pantech Breakout goes for US$329.99, the LG Enlighten goes for US$359.99 and the most expensive of the lot, the Xperia Play goes for US$449.99, the blow is lightened by Verizon’s two year contract. As of this writing, with a two-year contract with Verizon, the Pantech Breakout costs US$99.99, and the Xperia Play the LG Enlighten are free.
Design and Display
The Pantech Breakout is the odd one out in this lineup, but only for its candybar form. It boasts a 4-inch WVGA touch screen display, with a resolution of 480×800 pixels. To make up for its lack of physical QWERTY keyboard, the Breakout has a virtual one. It weighs 4.86 oz, certainly the lightest of these three smartphones.
Rivaling the Pantech Breakout’s own screen, the Xperia Play also has its own 4-inch screen. With a resolution of 480×854 pixels, it slightly tops the Pantech Breakout in that department. The Xperia Play also has a virtual keyboard, yet it still qualifies as a side-slider. This is because the Xperia Play has a slide-out gaming pad. For people who love playing games on their phones, the Xperia play is the first PlayStation-certified device and the first specialized Android gaming phone to hit the market. As to be expected by its full gaming pad, the Xperia Play weighs in at a heavier 6.17 oz.
Though the LG Enlighten boasts a physical slide out QWERTY keyboard–extremely handy for those of you who prefer typing on physical keys–its downside is the smaller 3.2-inch touchscreen, with a resolution of 320×480 pixels. Striking a middle ground between the two phones, the LG Enlighten weighs 5.54 oz.
The Xperia Play leads the pack with built-in storage amounting to 400 MB. In second place is the Pantech Breakout with 390 MB, and lastly, the LG Enlighten with 150 MB.
No reason to despair, however. All three phones offer storage expansion, each with microSD/microSDHC card slots and a maximum card size of 32 GB.
All three phones are equipped with a camera, but only the LG Enlighten boasts one rear 3.2-megapixel camera. Both the Pantech Breakout and the Xperia Play carry 5-megapixel rear cameras, as well VGA front-facing camera, perfect for still shots and video chatting.
Processor and Operating System
All three phones run on Android, although in different versions. The Pantech Breakout and the Xperia Play run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, while the LG Enlighten has Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. What sets the Xperia Play apart, however, is its second-generation 1-GHz Snapdragon chipset, which undoubtedly aids in its gaming specialty. The Xperia Play also has an Adreno 205 GPU graphics processor.
In terms of battery life, the Pantech Breakout comes in last, with a stand by life of 303 hours and talk time of 5.78 hours. Boasting the most numbers of standby hours, the LG Enlighten can go up to 840 hours and a talk time of 6 hours. The Xperia Play, although only packing a standby time of 405 hours, makes up for it with a talk time of 7.66 hours.
Each phone brings something new to the arena, playing on their strengths to appeal to various people in the market. For gaming enthusiasts, the Xperia Play is certainly a must-have. Armed with a physical game pad that ensures precise gaming, the Xperia Play will definitely benefit from its dedicated section in the Android Market. Various titles have been listed, some written specifically for the Xperia Play and others ported over from other mobile devices.
Love taking pictures of yourself? The Pantech Breakout, with its two cameras, is perfect for taking the perfect shot. Plus, of the three phones in this comparison, it is the only one with 4G LTE connectivity.
The LG Enlighten is perfect for people who love typing on a physical keyboard. It makes for easy and smooth messaging. The keyboard has a lot of space between keys and is very easy to use.
Which of these three phones is the perfect one for your needs?