Mobilicity HTC Panache Review


  • EmperumanV

    Great review as usual Daniel.

  • EH

    Was your test model made in taiwan?

    • Sined

      I have the China made version and it still has a crappy screen.

  • Sined

    Too bad you were testing a Mobilicity version.

    I tested the Videotron version. Amazing speeds constant 5-7Mbps.

  • Mathieu

    Aside from the ‘but since HTC kept the device at Android version 2.3.3 and not the GTalk Video-supported 2.3.4’ and the ‘price’, this still looks like a nice Android device since it was first released in October 2010.

  • çstew

    Fair review!
    I’m sick of reading biased or confusing engdget reviews.

  • Beavertail

    The article forgot to mention wireless hotspot and FM radio. This is a Swiss-army-knife phone. I have my Mobilicity Panache unlocked. I have gotten as high as 7 Mbps download speed and 3Mbps upload speed in Hong Kong; average is between 3-4 Mbps download. I just love this phone.

    GolfCaddie with real GPS works great. I use the simple version without satellite view. I am able to preload the whole course in town before heading to the course. Once on the course, turn off mobile data and just have GPS on and it works the whole 18-holes and used less than half the battery!

    Multiple eBook readers and Acrobat reader. The reflow function and font magnification work great for reading.

    The camera quality is amazing. Color is good and focus is sharp. I was pleasantly surprise.

    Panache feels like a real phone instead of the pure plastic Nexus S which I don’t like. Also a big plus is the physical buttons. This way there is no accidental hitting the screen and the phone goes wild!

    Internal microSD card is great. I will upgrade to higher capacity later.

    I can see holding on to this phone for about three years or more. Switching from Bell, the phone will be paid for in 12 month. Bought it with my credit card that double the one-year warranty, so I am all set.

    I recommend the Mobilicity HTC Panache to anyone who is looking for a smart phone.

    • Daniel Bader

      Wow, thanks for filling in the blanks, Beavertail!

    • Bernice

      Do you think if I unlocked the Panache like you, would it work on the Fido network? I know that the Mobilicity frequency is 1700/2100 and the Fido one is 1900 but the Panache supports GSM/GPRS/ EDGE 850/900/1800/1900. Please answer! Thanks 😀

    • Ben

      Hi Beavertail,
      I have a Panache too, but I don’t know where I can get it unlock. Could you share some info with me?


    • Eric

      Hi Beavertail,

      Thanks for your comments on the phone.

      I’m planning to buy and use the phone on Wind Mobile network. Do you know if unlocking the phone voids its warranty?

  • andré

    Donc vidéotron a acheté ce htc pour le vendre comme appareil moyen a des utilisateurs moyen de android.

  • Little Caesar

    What are the Pros and Cons of the Nexus S vs the Panache?

    I can’t make up my mind.

  • Val

    Moi j’ai acheté mon Panache chez Vidéotron aussi. Après environ 3 jours, j’ai remarquer un MÉGA problème. Quand je texte en mode “landscape” et que j’appuie sur le bouton backspace, ça me ramène automatiquement à un écran de suppression des messages. ÇA ME PURGE. J’ai retourner mon téléphone au commis chez Vidéotron, étant donné que j’avais encore la garantie il me l’a échangé contre un nouveau. MÊME PROBLÈME encore. Je cherche sur Internet… et oh magie! Je découvre que tous les téléphones HTC possédant la version 2.3.3 d’Android on des problèmes similaires. J’apelle chez Vidéotron pour leur dire, ils me disent qu’ils ne sont pas au courant du problème mais qu’il vont quand même le prendre en note dans leur banque. Pas moyen de contacter HTC ou Android pour leur dire… pourtant! J’attend avec impatience la venue d’un update à 2.3.4 pour mon Panache parce que si ça continue je vais le lancer par la fenêtre! À part ça aucun problème! Un peu lent parfois mais bon, je suis passée d’un LG Rumor 2 ( groooosssseee bullshit avec Virgin Mobile) Vidéotron c’est la paradis à côté d’eux! Em attendant en cherchant sur Internet j’ai découvert que si on tourne le téléphone en mode landscape avant d’appuyer dans la boîte de dialogue ( pour faire apparaître le clavier) tout fonctionne normalement! Avis aux intéressés!

  • Apexator

    Just got mine yesterday at a Mobilicity stand. At the moment they’re on promotion for $200 less and with the “Back to school” $40 promotion plan its really, “If you’re going to get one, get it now”. Love the look and feel of it. Performs great, and with unlimited internet, I can browse so much I want. Love it. True is, the screen should be an Amoled. Would make this phone almost perfect. Love watching YouTube in HD.

    This is a phone you can show in public. Looks stylish and interesting. Not plastiky – sophisticated.

  • Nicky

    Mobilicity Panache is a rip-off. Mobilicity doesn’t work inside of most concrete buildings. And once you bought it your’se stuck with mobilicity because 3g and 4g doesn’t work on this phone except using crappy Wind or double crappy Mobilicity.

    And I’m stuck with a new Panache that cost me $499, which I can’t use. And the snakeoildealer who sold it to me won’t take it back.


  • randy

    this is my first touch screen phone and I love it. does all I ask of it. once I realized I needed to shut off background data it now runs all day instead of six hrs. ur review was excellent. I do find though my screen quality is awesome. also I only pay 45 a month unlimted everything through mobilicity. Thx again

  • Eric

    I’m wondering if anyone knows if unlocking the HTC Panache to use it on Wind voids its warranty.


  • Anti-Mobilicity

    Unfortunatelly the problem is Mobilicity, not the Panache. I have it and it is EXCELLENT!. Best phone I had in my life, but Mobilicity SUCKS. Slow internet speed, low reception inside buildings, the network connection to the phone drops all the time. I will try Wind.

  • Irfan

    I have had this telephone since yesterday and I find the user interface really confusing…:(

    There is simply too much information on the screen…with unnecessary icons etc…

    My old telephone was Nexus One and I had really loved the simple and functional interface…

  • tenzin

    If anyone knows how to use phone finder on htc panache,which is under location service in settings,My location.’Allows you to find your phone when it is lost or stolen.”

  • ejay

    i started out with mobilicity the very first day they started. their only and the biggest problems are as follows: 1) their policy’s are really the worst of all the cell phone companies that ever existed, and the people running the company really do not give a dam about how really really bad their policy’ are. 2) their tech support are no way up to standard on any of the phones that they sell. I bought one of their most expensive phones that they sell the “Panache which cost over $530 with tax’s included. since getting this phone and recommending it to at least 6 other people, who are now telling me off, though some of them have returned to Rogers and Fido and Bell, because of the policy’s of Mobilicity Leaders and decision makers. I have returned the Panache and was given a new one. well the new panache has the same problem, and so has every one that i recommended the panache to. it losses signal at all times, drops call and it is hard to sync it with any PC, even if you call mobilicity tech support for help, they then give you a number or tell you to call HTC, who them self are off very little help. I tried asking mobilicity to exchange the Panache for the Nexus S only to find out that they do not stand behind any of the phones that they sell, after seven days they will not exchange or return the money you paid for the phone. They will however tell you to call the phone protection plan people that you pay that $7 a month to if you buy the plan( that’s when you find out that you have been paying to a third party with their own rules, they charge you a deducible of between $100 to $150). This company has a lot of promise to be one of or the best cell phone companies in Canada If and only if they get rid of the people at the top who only interest is how much money they can stuff in their pockets and the customers be damned.

  • insigniaplas

    I thought I’d put my 2 cents in. I’m proud of my phone. The coverage is not up to par. Fights with my girl cause she thinks I’m ignoring calls. Mobilicity replaced my 1st phone in the 14 day period no problem and even gave me an extra set of headphones. Mine broke bcuz of my recklessness. That was the guy in my store though not policy. I’ll stick with mobilicity because I save too much cash. I owe the big three money because they hit you with false charges. They always say you go over on data plans and then return a credit after hours on the phone. I don’t expect the greatest service because I save too much cash.

  • tenzing

    To be frank this is completely garbage phone for sure,the battery lasting is totally sucked. Every time I have to carry charger along with me,the maximum time of battery lasting is three hours. Regarding the WiFi connection,even if you are in home it hardly catch home WiFi network. Speed of connection is even slower than any cheap internet service providers. I’ve done a big mistake by choosing HTC product. I’ll never recommend anyone to choose HTC products. I would have chosen iPhone or semsumg galexy 2 instead of htc. But the worse thing is moblicity don’t accept any of my choice of phone. Even the features of HTC is so complicated. Please do not buy any of HTC products,I am repenting on my choice..

  • Nadia

    I frankly have no problems with my HTC Panache. The camera is superb, I mean I could take a picture in bad lighting and it would come out perfect though, the battery could be better but there are ways to improve it if you actually take the time to LEARN how to use it I guess some people just expect perfection on a platter. All in all my phone was a great choice hell I’d choose it over the Samsung nexus 2 any day.

  • Anne

    Do not purchase HTC or go with Mobilicity!!! I am irritated to find I have the same problem as ejay (above). Multiple similar complaints should mean something to the company. Customer service is poor, they do not stand behind their products. The money I’ve saved on the plan will be going towards buying a new phone instead.

    Fail fail fail!!

  • Jax

    I didn’t find the battery lasted long at all. It sucks. I would never get this phone again. The camera is grainy too and the phone keeps crashing.
    My First HTC One phone’s camera was amazing but too bad it lasted less than a year.