AT&T's New Pantech Duo Hands On (Gallery)

DSC01244-new.jpgI got the chance to give the Pantech Duo a spin, or rather a slide, and haven't been able to put it down. AT&T's newest Windows Mobile phone has an attractive, glossy grey finish, but it's the double keyboards that really steal the show.

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As fans of the Helio Ocean (the Duo's genetic sibling) can tell you, the snappy sliding action on the handset is addictive. Though the two-way slider is a bit hefty at about 0.8 inches thick, it feels more compact than the Ocean. Both keyboards on the Duo are roomy, but the flat keys on the QWERTY keypad are a little harder to type on than the comfier Ocean. I also found the directional pad a bit cramped and ended up tapping the wrong way one too many times.

According to AT&T, the Duo is geared for consumers and business types alike, and packs in the carrier's full entertainment suite and a microSD slot for additional memory. However, some may be disappointed by the average 1.3-megapixel camera.

The Pantech Duo is currently available for $200 with a two-year service contract, but you'll also have to tack on a data plan which ranges from $30 to $50. [AT&T Wireless]

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