Pantech Burst Review
By Tommy Rebik
- February 18, 2012
Pros: The Pantech Burst is a 4G device that sports a 4-inch Super AMOLED display. It comes with a decent 5-megapixel camera, and is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor.
Cons: The Pantech Burstís call quality was disappointing. Its speakerphone quality is not good as well and its battery is not easily accessible.
We all know that AT&T is a solid carrier that has probably the best deals on smart phones in the US. Yup, they have lots of Android devices in their lineup, as well as new affordable phones for the masses. The latest, is that they are offering a 50$ 4G LTE device called the Pantech Burst. The Pantech Burst is an LTE smart phone has lots of goodies. Itís a no surprise really, since the carrier is known for giving us the most bang for the back phone in the planet. Their new Pantech Burst is an aweseom Android that features a 5 megapixel camera which for sure is not the absolute sharpest, but still does what itís intended to do. It has a 4 inch Super AMOLED screen with a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video conferencing. The device is snappy, thanks to its reliable and powerful 1.5MHz dual core processor. The Pantech Burst is presented in an eye-catching design thatís refreshing to the eyes compared to a handful of Android 2.3 Gingerbread smart phones out there in the market. The Pantech Burstís call quality is not that good and unfortunately if you are planning to use it for your day to day communication activities, you might want to look for a new device or at least test it out first in your neighborhood before actually buying the Pantech Burst. Design wise, it looks OK. It is an awesome medium smartphone with such an interesting style. It is in a titanium finish that has rounded shoulders, a glossy face, and shiny black accents on its side, which creates that tuxedo effect. The Pantech Burst also has these 2 strong ridges on its back, where the phone curves into the sides of the phone. The new Pantech Burst employs a vivid 4 inch Super AMOLED display. Yup, it is a pocket friendly device that is easy to hold on to. It feels premium in the hand and has that comfortable feel. The Pantech Burst has dimensions of 5 inches tall by 2.5 inches wide by 0.45 inch thick. The size of the phone is just enough for you to see what you want on its screen. It is not too large and not too small and can be easily squeezed using one hand into a front jeans pocket. It is lightweight too weighing only 4.3 ounces. Its 4 inch Super AMOLED display is just bright with vibrancy, high contrast, & clarity. The Pantech's user interface comes with an interface on top. Its lock motif has 6 icons which you can drag into a circle & for you to unlock or access the the call log, the browser, home screen, the music player, e-mail, or the messaging inbox. This seems to be like the HTC's Sense UI, although there is no option to open the camera. Like the usual Android devices in general, it has seven customizable home screens, that can be seen at a glance whenever you pinch the deviceís screen. It has drop down notifications menu as well which include settings for Bluetooth & Wi-Fi. Here you can disable or enable features with a finger tap. Its specifications & features are pretty straightforward. Just above its display, you will find its 2 megapixel camera lens. On the back of the device you will find the 5 megapixel lens with flash. On the right side, you will see the Micro-USB charging port. On the left side you will find the volume rocker in black. On top, there is the standard 3.5mm headphone jack along with the power button that has this intriguing ďtic-tacĒ form. To unveil its microSD card slot, you will need to pry off the back cover though. The Pantech Burst also comes with the usual features like Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. It can also work as a modem and share your WiFi connection to 7 other devices. For me, the deviceís custom interface is easy to use, especially when adding accounts for Google &corporate e-mail. It is to use also in integrating your social networking accounts like Facebook & Twitter. Thereís also this video chat app Qik Lite, Social Network widget. The Pantech Burst is powered by a 1.5GHz dual core processor which makes the device complete. Like most Android devices, the Burst is packed with Google apps and services including Search, Talk, Maps, Places, Books, Latitude, and YouTube. Other essentials include an clock/alarm clock, music player, a calendar, browser, and voice search. AT&T also preloaded the device with its own set of apps which include your account info, AT&T Navigator, a family map, a code scanner, and U-verse live TV. Other pre-installed apps include Amazon Kindle along with compass,a converter, document viewer, Adobe Reader a memo pad, and a movie app. Other apps and games include the Qik a PC Suite Connector app, an RSS reader, Lite app mentioned above, NFL Mobile, and Stocks. There is also a video player, & Yellow Pages Mobile. I am very pleased to find out that the Pantech Burst's 5 megapixel camera took awesome photos. It is easy to use too, which can take photos in a various resolutions from 5 megapixels down to VGA. Cool huh? It also comes with flash, three focus modes, and tons of filters, white-balance presets, & shot modes. I likethe fun setting called Instant that works like a Polaroid which you can also annotate. The Pantech Burstís Super AMOLED screen is bright, vivid, and accurate. Photo quality is good and crisper, and more vibrant. I also like its front-facing camera , for it takes decent pictures as well,. Video quality is OK also. Playback and volume capture was OK as it was very detailed. When I tested the Pantech Burst in our area using AT&T's network the call quality on my end is not that good. The audio quality is soft though it still can be heard and understood. Same results using its speakerphone with distortions specially when on high volume settings. The Pantech Burst is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor which made navigation fast & smooth. It sports a reliable battery that is rated to provide 4.5 hours of talk time, and 10 days of standby time. BTW, it is an 1,680mAh variant. Overall, the Pantech Burst is impressive. It may not be the most desirable phone available but it still worth a try!