Pantech vega iron 2 specs

Who can make Samsung products better than Samsung? Pantech apparently, for its excellent Vega Iron 2 flagship is everything that the Galaxy S5 isn't. Huh?

By now it’s no small secret that Samsung’s Galaxy S5 didn’t light up the sales charts lượt thích the Korean OEM may have believed it would. While sales in the USA were quite pleasant, elsewhere things were a bit less desirable. There is no single reason that can be held accountable for the relative relegation, there are a lot of complaints khổng lồ be had from the consumer-side of things: namely that the phone was lacking any semblance of new design (or premium materials), and failed lớn include either a 2K screen or OIS-equipped camera. On the other hand, Samsung threw in some features that had questionable value khổng lồ some: a fingerprint sensor, waterproofing, a heart rate monitor, & such.

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Little does anyone realize however, that the “real” Galaxy S5 exists, but it’s not made by Samsung. For that matter, it’s not a knock-off counterfeit either. The product in question is 100% legitimate and, unfortunately, was passed by in seemingly 99% of the world. The product? Pantech’s Vega Iron 2, or as I’d like to suggest, the Galaxy S5 that never-was-but-should-have-been.


A curious creation lied in (a) store some weeks ago and it caught my attention. As a “purist” of sorts, I prefer khổng lồ have a hàng hóa from the country its manufacturer originates in, so as khổng lồ enjoy the device as it was “meant to lớn be.” khổng lồ this end, I will seek out Korean versions of Korean devices (i.e. Samsung & LG products). While I had some knowledge of the Pantech Vega series, as a one of the models released in Japan, I had no idea the Vega Iron 2 existed. A shame really, because this phone is literally everything the Galaxy S5 isn’t, which is to say it’s everything the S5 needed to lớn be and should have been. In fact, it’s arguably what the S6 will have to be in order for Samsung to make a difference this year.

Before digressing into a Samsung stipulation, allow me to offer some impressions of the Vega Iron 2.

Solid specs

The Vega Iron 2 features specs that equal, if not surpass, those of the Galaxy S5. The phone runs android 4.4.2, has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AB) CPU, Adreno 330 graphics, GB of RAM, an OIS-equipped 13-megapixel rear camera, a 2.1-megapixel front camera, a 5.3-inch 1920 x 1080 AMOLED display, bluetooth không dây 4.0, LTE-A connectivity, NFC, a 3220 mAh battery, & 32GB of storage.

Chances are someone is having a flashback here, as most were assuming Samsung was going lớn include some of these specs in its Galaxy S5, namely the OIS-supported rear camera and the three GB of RAM. But wait. It gets even better.

The build and body

Considering how this phone looks, one might be excused for thinking it was “inspired” by the Samsung Galaxy A series/Note 4. If anything, Samsung was inspired by Pantech given that the Iron 2 released in July 2014.


Striped metal frame… chamfered edges? Check. Ah, but this is the Galaxy chú ý 4, which used a similar design, yet released several months later.
The Vega Iron 2 features a plastic back, & a chamfered, striped metal frame. Sounds familiar? Yes, it does, for Samsung used a similar design in its Galaxy lưu ý 4 series, save for slightly flared-out corners along with metal side buttons (whereas the Iron 2 feels like plastic). Indeed, this hàng hóa has more to it than meets the eye.


For ages now, there has been an eternal complaint about how OEMs continuously relegate the speaker lớn the back of the device, totally destroying sound chất lượng when said product is placed flat on a table, or when your finger obscures the grill. Sometimes the “sound holes” are moved lớn the bottom of the frame yet the finger-placement issue still becomes a problem. Save for an approach like HTC or Motorola have taken with front-facing speakers, it seemed lượt thích no one else got the issue. Another brilliant element of the Iron 2’s kiến thiết is the speaker.

Despite the metal frame, Pantech has drilled speaker holes into the sides of the bottom-left corner. Yes, that’s right. Sides. The entire corner has ventilation thus allowing for sound to circulate even when you might cover part or all of one edge. It’s absolutely brilliant, và something not even táo bị cắn dở has bothered to try. While the product would arguably better if two of the opposing corners had speakers (for stereo), this kiến thiết flourish is without rival (that I know of, at least),

Samsung's Galaxy cảnh báo 4 has very similar design language, what with the metal frame, curved edges, và striped color...

Front & back balance

I’ll be honest: the first thing that actually caught my eye was the đứng top right corner of the device, which functions as a notification LED. The Korean-only DMB digital TV antenna is also stored within the device here as well. I don’t know why, but the asymmetrical approach khổng lồ the front glass just oozes cool for me. Years back, Sharp released a feature phone here in japan that had a similar corner và I loved it, too. The light itself is a bit too small given that the indicator is just larger than a pin-hole, but at least it extends to the front and back side, something that is also essentially unheard of in mobile design.

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Similar khổng lồ Samsung, Pantech has included a rectangular “home” button, though its much more compact than the elongated shapes the Galaxy-series now features. Along either side is a menu & back capacitive touch-sensitive area, just lượt thích Samsung includes.

Also similar khổng lồ Samsung, the back panel is removable và plastic, though admittedly the material used here feels lượt thích it could be snapped in half if you tried. On the good side however, it’s rubberized, at least on the black Gold model I have. I absolutely love it to lớn be honest: it basically ensures the device won’t slip as much, and it feels very nice khổng lồ hold.

Perhaps most amazing however, is the fact that Pantech actually designed its device with a fingerprint sensor in mind, yet decided not to force it upon those who weren’t interested. Take a look at the back of the Iron 2, sans cover:

The removable back cover holds the battery, Micro SD, và Micro SIM and… what’s that empty circle below the camera?
Notice the curiously large, circular space that is located just below the camera? This is for an optional accessory, a back cover that adds a fingerprint sensor! By the look of it, the panel has a leather surface, or at least a textured plastic. Sadly I was not able to demo out the fingerprint sensor (the phone was purchased used in Japan remember) so I can’t offer any commentary as khổng lồ how well it worked (or didn’t), though it looks like a swipe-based sensor a la Samsung (not Apple). Still, kudos for Pantech for thinking to include it as an optional element.

It’s a space for the optional fingerprint sensor back panel! Pantech literally thought of everything!
It’s also worth mentioning that the 5.3 inch AMOLED panel used in this device is not only larger than that of the Galaxy S5, but actually looks every bit as good (to me at least). The colors Pop so loud that Snap & Crackle are being kept up at night, & the auto-brightness works wonderfully. I would liked to have seen a screen mode option a la Samsung however.

Solid software

Update: Please note: The phông used in the screenshots is not the default font.

As this is not a formal reviews of the Iron 2, & as I’d wager 99% of readers have not và will never use it, I am going khổng lồ avoid a long digression into the heavily-skinned software. Pantech, just like Samsung and LG, has completely remade android in its own image. Some of the English used khổng lồ describe the features is quite bad, but ironically the features themselves are killer cool:

Don't let the bad English fool you: "Live up" is basically Motorola's Ambient DisplayYou can customize all of the icons, & even the shapes & suchNot only the icon design, but even the shape và opacity can be altered. Backgrounds can also be customized, like this pattern to be used for the lock screen.Post-Processing lock screen image. I like to think my pattern is a "constellation". Such customization from the OEM's stock keyboard! NICE!Vanilla AOSP? Nope, but arguably better than TouchWiz.Pantech even includes a colorful tệp tin manager.
1. The Iron 2 features a dizzying array of features seemingly lifted from its most lofty of rivals. In particular, I liked “Live up” which is essentially Motorola’s “Ambient Display”: when you pick up the device, it will display notifications & such on the lock screen. Also present is the ability to lớn double-tap to lớn turn on the display when sleeping.

2. The customization options are just astounding. Until now, I thought that LG had the most creative skin, as it allows users to lớn change the pictures of all the icons and edit the on-screen navigation buttons. The Vega Iron 2 features endless amounts of options. The icon “themes” can be changed to one of 4 pre-installed options, and more can be downloaded via the OEMs dedicated store. The icons themselves can be further edited however, like Nova or similar launchers, wherein you can địa chỉ cửa hàng a background lớn them, and even alter the physical shape & opacity. Likewise, the pre-installed lock and trang chủ screen backgrounds can be customized with different colors, & even the form size of the design itself. Heck, even the OEM keyboard can be altered!

3. The Setting menu is radically different from any vanilla AOSP build, but it works a lot smoother than TouchWiz. The nice color use and the customization window at the top địa chỉ to the experience.

Plus point: battery

Battery life is absolutely fantastic. I have used this device all day to lớn browse the web, watch videos on YouTube, send e-mails, text, và various other activities, & yet at the kết thúc of the day it was only about half empty. It’s actually a mystery to me how Pantech did this considering how heavy its skin is. When I had the Galaxy S5, the thing drained quite quickly & required charging every day without question, and, mind you, I disabled almost all the extra features such as motion control.

Wrap up

Just imagine how much more of a competition this would have been had the Galaxy S5 actually been the Vega Iron 2.
The Pantech Vega Iron 2 is a fantastic phone that fans of Samsung or LG will absolutely love. Apk purists need not feel as if they missed anything obviously. It has (what I feel is) a great design, killer components, a fantastic and crisp display, and customization options up the wazoo.

The real dilemma here is not for the consumer, but for Samsung. It seems almost inconceivable that a tiny domestic rival like Pantech could not only produce a phone this good, but actually put out a sản phẩm that is in every way, arguably, superior to the Galaxy S5. Seemingly every single hardware complaint has been addressed, from the presence of metal lớn the OIS camera, khổng lồ the inclusion of a 3rd GB of RAM, lớn a kiến thiết that looks radically different from the Galaxy S4 or S5, or even the original Iron Vega for that matter.

With the endless amount of hype building up to lớn the March unveiling of the Galaxy S6, Samsung needs to truly deliver a hàng hóa that will not only impress, but mix itself apart from the numerous rival devices that will enter the market this year. In considering the Vega Iron 2 however, Samsung also needs to lớn match wits with a product from 2014 as well.

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