- Stunning screen, 1.3 megapixel camera, easy to use menu/controls, personalisation lights, good battery life, price
- Lack of Bluetooth and synchronisation options, below average call quality and sound levels
If you can get around the lack of Bluetooth connectivity, the VS3 is an admirable fashion phone with most of the latest features, including a superb 1.3 megapixel camera and an intuitive flip button.
Price$ 599.00 (AUD)
The Panasonic VS3 is aimed at the fashion-conscious consumer. It has a clamshell design, a stunning 2.2" QVGA display screen and a high-quality digital camera.
The screen on the VS3 is definitely one of the best we've come across, and with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels with 16 million colours, it's easy to understand why. The screen is crystal clear, bright and crisp and the colour depth is quite amazing for a mobile phone. Furthermore, at 2.2", it is larger than the majority of phone LCDs. The size and quality of the screen makes using the digital camera and included games that much more satisfying. We only have two issues with the screen: its viewing angle is poor, and it is easily smudged and quite difficult to keep clean.
The VS3 includes an exceptional 1.3 megapixel camera. The camera's multi-shot function was particularly notable--it can take 15 photos in just seven seconds. The camera also has picture effects, night mode, a self timer and video recording at 176 x 144 pixels. The quality of test shots taken with the camera was outstanding.
Panasonic has included an innovative flip button on the left side of the phone. Simply press the button and the phone flips open automatically, eliminating the need for two hands.
The phone has a customisable signal light that glows different colours depending on what the phone is currently doing. The VS3 also features interchangeable covers, which you screw on and off with a supplied mini-screwdriver.
The VS3 interface is uncomplicated, appearing very similar to the current Sony Ericsson menu system. For text entry, the VS3 supports most of the current input methods, including T9. T9 users will be slightly disappointed to learn that changing a word in the dictionary requires a press of the navigational pad to scroll through the word options. This slows down messaging times and requires users to take their finger off the keypad. Apart from this small issue, messaging on the VS3 was generally excellent, and the keypad is both stylish and responsive.
The VS3 has no Bluetooth or synchronisation options available. While this phone isn't aimed at the business user, most mobiles in this price range are equipped with Bluetooth connectivity. However, it does come with support for infrared and USB. The VS3 also includes MP3 support, with 32 MB internal memory. It also supports Java.
The audio quality during calls on the VS3 was slightly below average, and we felt the speaker wasn't loud enough. Battery life was surprisingly good, especially when considering the large, high-quality colour screen. During testing, the phone had a talk time of just less than 4 hours and standby time of about 5 days.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- 2 Tag Heuer Connected Smartwatch and Android Wear 2 review
- 3 Subaru XV 2017 review
- 4 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- 5 Kogan Atlas UltraSlim Pro laptop: full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Google wants to solve the Android update problem once and for all with Project Treble
- Intel concerned about name of John McAfee’s privacy phone
- Low-cost Android phones to get iPhone features with new Qualcomm chips
- Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4 is coming in phones midyear
- Apple's next iPhones may cut corners on memory due to price squeeze
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review
- MSI GE72 7RE Apache Pro gaming laptop review
- LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSocial Media Executive / Specialist (Facebook) - online gamblingNSW
- TPPrincipal Data Analyst | ArcGIS | Power BI | QlikQLD
- TPOrganisational Change Manager | Dept of CommunitiesQLD
- FTSenior Solution Designer, Investment and Trading PlatformNSW
- FTTest CoordinatorACT
- FTSecurity AnalystQLD
- FTSenior IT Project ManagerSA
- CCTechnical Specialist - Cloud ServicesVIC
- FTBusiness Development Manager IT Software & Primary HealthcareQLD
- CCWintel Support EngineerVIC
- FTProject Manager or Coordinator - Retail Store ProjectsNSW
- CCJunior .NET DeveloperQLD
- FTSenior Software EngineerACT
- TPSenior Business Systems AnalystQLD
- FTHCM Project Manager & Service Implementation Manager - SAP HRNSW
- CCSharepoint DeveloperNSW
- FTTechnical Solution ArchitectSA
- FTProject Manager - Accountin Finance and AssetWA
- FTSenior Activations Performance Analyst | $700pdVIC
- CCData AnalystNSW
- FTSenior SAP Project ManagerACT
- FTTechnical WriterACT
- TPMS Access/SQL DBAQLD
- FTSenior Software Developer (x3)WA
- FTPrincipal Project ManagerVIC