Pantech Renue Vs Samsung Flight II Vs LG Expression

Typing on Pantech Renue
Pantech Renue Open keyboard

Pantech Renue

LG Expression for comparison post

LG Xpression

Samsung flight 2 Open Keyboard Slide Out

Flight 2

What the Pantech Renue, Samsung Flight II and LG Expression all have in common goes further than being great smartphones. It even goes further than all costing less than $89. What they all have are slide-out, hardware QWERTY keyboards, something of a lost feature in this world of touchscreens but enormously useful for anybody who needs or just wants to get back to something approaching real typing.

If you’ve never used a hardware keyboard on a smartphone, it can be surprisingly liberating experience, with proper clicks when you hit a key, and those keys are big enough to mean you get the right one every time. So, with that in mind, we take a closer look at how the 3 devices compare.

 

Specs Comparison

PANTECH RENUESAMSUNG FLIGHT IILG EXPRESSION
PRICE$69$89

$69

KEYBOARD

QWERTYQWERTYQWERTY
NETWORKGSMGSM

GSM

OS

ProprietaryProprietaryProprietary

SPEED

3G HSPA3G HSPA

3G HSPA

SIZE (in)3.90 x 2.48 x 0.474.40 x 2.10 x 0.50

4.25 x 2.13 x 0.67

WEIGHT

4.52 oz3.49 oz4.59 oz
SCREEN SIZE3.2 in3.0 in

3.0 in

RESOLUTION (px)

240 x 320240 x 400240 x 400
STORAGE185MB512MB

50MB

MICROSD SLOT

Upto 32GBUpto 16GBUpto 32GB
CAMERA3.15MP2MP

2MP

VIDEO

Yes @ 320pYes @ 240pYes @ 240p
WIFINoNo

No

BLUETOOTH

2.12.12.1
GPSA-GPSA-GPS

A-GPS

USB

MicroUSB 2.0MicroUSB 2.0MicroUSB 2.0
AUDIO PLAYERYesYes

Yes

VIDEO PLAYER

YesYesYes
BATTERY1000mAh1000 mAh

1000mAh

STANDBY

250 hrs250 hrs240 hrs
TALK TIME3 hrs5 hrs

3 hrs

Details Explained

LG Expression held in flat handLooking at the table, there’s not a great deal which separates the 3 phones. Battery life is all but identical, audio and video capabilities are broadly comparable as are connection and network features. The Flight II has the edge in size and weight, coming in at over an ounce lighter than both the Renue and Expression. It may not sound like a lot, but it can be noticeable if carried in a shirt or pants pocket, as opposed to a purse.

The Renue has a slightly bigger screen, but loses out to both competitors on resolution, and it’s a similar win/lose for the Flight II on storage. Although it has 512MB built in, far more than the others, it is only rated to take MiscroSD cards up to 16GB compared to the Renue and Expression’s 32GB. Of course, larger cards may work, but it’s a risk.

The Price Is a Steal

Apart from that, there really is little between them. The Flight II is the more expensive at $89 compared to $69 for the Expression and Renue, but when you consider that all 3 cost barely a tenth of what most flagship models from Apple and Samsung cost today, they are a bargain that fits squarely in the “no-brainer” category.

If you want a phone to make calls, send texts and emails, and maybe take the odd picture, but want to do it all with a keyboard which enhances the experience immeasurably, then you can’t go wrong with any of the devices here.

Rachel C.
Rachel C.
Rachel is the researcher and blog writer for the Mr Aberthon website. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York and eventually made her way to Connecticut in order to become a part of the Mr Aberthon Team. She is passionate about technology and electronics, and nothing gives her more pleasure than discovering insights into the latest gadgets to hit the electronics market.