The Pantech Jest is predominately a messaging phone and as a result has several useful messaging options. The phone includes instant messaging, text and multimedia messaging with the option of threading conversations together, and an email function. Email is available in two different modes, Mobile e-mail and Mobile Web-email. Mobile Web E-mail is an application that allows users to interact with friends and family from several e-mail providers such as Gmail, AOL, Hotmail and Yahoo! mail. Users can also enter their IMAP and POP3 information for mail on the go. The Jest's mobile email software costs $5 a month while mobile web e-mail is free, although it redirects users to a browser interface which heavily relies on Internet connectivity.
The Pantech Jest also comes with a basic music player. This application allows user to shuffle or repeat music tracks and also features an equalizer. The player can also be customized with a theme or skin of any color. The Jest's music player supports both MP3 and WMA format and can play music from an external source such as a microSD card.
The Jest also features a 2.0 megapixel camera which take photos in five different resolutions: 160x120, 320x240, 640x480, 1280x900 and 1600x1200. The camera can record videos for as long as 15 seconds for MMS messages or for at least an hour for storage in the phone's memory. Photographs develop very well, look vibrant and sharp and are better when taken outdoors.
Some of the Jest's more basic features include, an alarm clock, calculator, notepad, voice memo recorder, speakerphone and also an e-diary.