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Pantech Hotshot

alaTest has collected and analyzed 272 reviews of Pantech Hotshot. The average rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People really like the sound and battery. The design and price are also appreciated, but the durability and usability get mixed views. Some have doubts about the screen and size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Pantech Hotshot is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 220 user reviews of Pantech Hotshot from The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Opinions about the sound and battery are generally positive. The design and portability are also mentioned favorably, but the size and screen get critical reviews. The durability and usability get mixed reviews.

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performance, reliability, screen, size

50% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pantech Hotshot CDM8992 Verizon CDMA Phone with Touchscreen, 3.15MP Camera, Video, GPS, Bluetooth, MP3/MP4 Player and microSD Slot - RedPantech Hotshot CDM8992 Verizon CDMA Phone with Touchscreen, 3.15MP Camera, Video, GPS, Bluetooth, MP3/MP4 Player and microSD Slot - Red

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Lynn La (

Pantech Hotshot - red (Verizon Wireless) review:


At first glance, the Pantech Hotshot from Verizon Wireless looks like a low-entry smartphone. It has a touch screen, three customizable home screen pages, and you can quit and transition between "apps" in a way that is reminiscent of iOS.

The Pantech Hotshot is thin and light to handle. Call quality is solid, and photos taken on its camera are surprisingly decent. It doesn't require a data plan.

The Hotshot's processor is extremely laggy. The touch screen isn't sensitive, making texting, swiping, and pinch-to-zoom frustrating. If you want data, the network is slow.

With its delayed touch screen and sluggish processor, the Hotshot's smartphone-esque look is a detriment. It's better to commit to a full-on feature phone or a smartphone instead of a device that overlaps the two.

Apr, 2012

Expert review by: Alex Colon (

Pantech Hotshot (Verizon Wireless)


The Pantech Hotshot could be a pretty good feature phone, but it's hampered by a processor that just isn't up to task.

Thin, lightweight design. Decent call quality. Good battery life.

Sluggish. Poor audio and video performance. Weak camera.

Multimedia, Camera, and Conclusions For multimedia, you get 220MB of free internal memory, along with a 2GB microSD card. My 64GB SanDisk card worked fine as well. On the plus side, the Hotshot had no trouble finding my media, whereas many other...

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: Lotheriel (

"Godawful phone."


It can take video Battery dies at the drop of a hat Nearly impossible to text on Touch screen is either oversensitive or unresponsive, depending on its mood I realize this phone isn't really sold anymore, but just in case anyone considers picking one...

Mar, 2014

Consumer review by: EthanAM (

"This phone has made my life hell."


Take this review as a warning to never EVER buy this phone. I saw the Pantech Hotshot one day at a target store. I was there to get my first cell phone upgrade. I was eager to switch away from my cheap little LG flip phone that I had dealt with for two...

Fairly resistant to small impacts

Terribly Designed OS, sluggish touch screen, cheap battery, dumb plastic coating, slow camera, insignificant memory space, ads on home screen.

Feb, 2014

Consumer review by: WhosGotTime (

"The worst phone ever! Shouldn't even be recycled!"


Can't seem to answer the calls before it goes to voicemail (it's not the setting), or it doesn't even ring and then dings to let you know you missed the call. Missed texts has no way to let you know except that your family/friends get miffed....

Not much as a phone.

Does not work period. Calls and texts are constantly delayed or missed. Most frustrating phone to have.

Jun, 2013

Consumer review by: Chrisman127 (

"I literally hate this phone"


This phone is horrible. Do not buy it. As soon as my plan runs out I will get rid of it. It runs on slow software that is extremely unresponsive. My microwave is faster than this hunk of junk. Everything you can download, music, videos, apps,...

Extremely light

Extremely slow

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: Mysteryperson93 (

"Easy to use, and good s sound quality."


Pretty good phone. Nothing spectacular but none of verizon's basic phones are. It's simple so that's great and easy to make a call. Only complaint is that it's a little annoying to text because the touch response isn't amazing, but it really isn't...

Simple, cute looking, easy to use, practical and the sound quality while you talk on the phone is excellent.

A little slow while texting, you can make a few mistakes frequently. But it's not too bad.

Jun, 2012

Consumer review by: ejmay (

"I'm pleased with the phone."


I have the Hotshot for 2 wks. I got it to replace LG Chocolate 2. My battery was running out & phone was starting to slow down. I call, text, take photos, listen to a little music. I'm satisfied with the Hotshot. It's not a smartphone, but I wasn't...


-doesn't respond to cold fingers

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: prbarry (

"I like it."


All an all, I like it and after a couple of weeks I am satisfied with it's performance. I switched after my LG enV Touch XV11000 got run over by a car. (Still worked but both screens were shattereed.) on Feb 28, 2012 Touch Screen is a little Weird...

Thin enough to carry even with a silicon case on.

It takes a while to learn how to use it.

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: blastthexradioo (

"Within two hours I ordered a different phone."


I just upgraded this phone today from my LG Cosmos (second worse phone I've ever had). Within two hours I went online and ordered a new and completely different phone. The first thing I noticed right away is once you unlock the phone the menu doesn't...

-Camera is nice

-Touchscreen lags

Feb, 2012
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