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Pantech Burst Review

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Pantech Burst Review
Introduction:

Always been known as a budget oriented manufacturer, Pantech has tried desperately to no avail in producing a breakout smartphone for AT&T’s camp, as they’ve failed to establish their mark with devices like the Pantech Crossover and Pocket. Rather than letting the competition absorb the fruitful rewards associated with AT&T’s 4G LTE network, the Pantech Burst is exploding onto the scene in hopes of gaining some sort of visibility with its oh-so lovable on-contract price of $49.99. Instead of finding something watered down in the specs department, which might be the first thing to come to mind for most people, this handset isn’t messing around as it carries along some of the elements we’d expect employed by a modernized smartphone ready for war.

Pantech Burst Review
The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and Warranty Guide

Design:

Finally, Pantech has somehow managed to concoct a decent looking smartphone with the Burst, seeing it flaunts a design that’s quite modern and appealing. In its attempt to embody the styling of a premium priced smartphone, we have to give Pantech credit on this one as they obtain the look by utilizing a sturdy plastic casing that emulates the appearance of a metallic finish. Easily form fitting to our hand, thanks primarily to its average size, its bezel is bit sharp to the touch, but nevertheless, its slick feel provides for a confident overall construction.

The Pantech Burst flaunts a design that’s quite modern and appealing - Pantech Burst Review
The Pantech Burst flaunts a design that’s quite modern and appealing - Pantech Burst Review

The Pantech Burst flaunts a design that’s quite modern and appealing


Pantech Burst Review

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Although we’re not surprised to see the usual set of Android capacitive buttons below its display, they’re not that great with their response – plus, there’s the occasional accidental press too with them. On the opposite side, we find the handset’s earpiece and front facing VGA camera.

Pantech Burst Review
Android capacitive buttons - Pantech Burst Review
Front facing camera - Pantech Burst Review
 

Android capacitive buttons

Front facing camera


Regrettably, we’re not fans of the flat feeling volume rocker and power button, but at least their responses are satisfactory. All by its lonesome self on the right edge, we’re presented with the microUSB port for data connectivity and charging.

Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Pantech Burst - Pantech Burst Review
Power key and 3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Pantech Burst - Pantech Burst Review
microUSB port (right) - The sides of the Pantech Burst - Pantech Burst Review

Volume rocker (left)

Power key and 3.5mm jack (top)

microUSB port (right)

The sides of the Pantech Burst


Finally, a 5-megaixel auto-focus camera is found sitting pretty in the rear with a chrome trim accenting its border, while its LED flash and speaker notch site nearby. Prying off its plastic casing reveals its 1,650 mAh battery, microSIM card slot, and an unoccupied microSD card slot.

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5-megaixel auto-focus camera - Pantech Burst Review
Battery compartment - Pantech Burst Review

Back

5-megaixel auto-focus camera

Battery compartment



Display:

Impressing us right from the onset, we’re astounded to find a 4” WVGA (480 x 800) Super AMOLED display gracing the Pantech Burst – now that’s hardly something we would’ve considered with a budget conscious smartphone. Nonetheless, it’s one of its more profound niceties thanks to the attraction power it has in luring our eyes with its eye popping luscious colors and wide viewing angles. Unfortunately, its weak brightness output makes it a nightmare to view under the presence of direct sunlight. As a whole though, we have to admit that we’re charmed and smitten by it all.

The Pantech Burst has a 4” WVGA Super AMOLED display - Pantech Burst Review
The Pantech Burst has a 4” WVGA Super AMOLED display - Pantech Burst Review
The Pantech Burst has a 4” WVGA Super AMOLED display - Pantech Burst Review
The Pantech Burst has a 4” WVGA Super AMOLED display - Pantech Burst Review
The Pantech Burst has a 4” WVGA Super AMOLED display - Pantech Burst Review
The Pantech Burst has a 4” WVGA Super AMOLED display - Pantech Burst Review

The Pantech Burst has a 4” WVGA Super AMOLED display



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posted on 03 Feb 2012, 07:23 1

1. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


2 points away for the camera!?! like remixfa says its iphonearena

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 11:16

2. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


Is anyone else disgusted by Pantechs LTE smartphone names?
Break Out & Burst.

Nasty.

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 08:05

9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2997; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


LOL, next thing you know...there's "twilight"...and maybe even "curse"!! :D

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 17:10

3. Birds (Posts: 971; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


If i was on at&t I would get this phone but since my mom is on sprint i will settle for the Photon becasue it is the same price for a new extension at walmart. lol

posted on 07 Feb 2012, 04:43

4. cdrob (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


ok, whats the trick with putting the sim card in?

posted on 07 Feb 2012, 17:27

5. Yankchef (Posts: 76; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


I wouldn't say that the photon is settling at all... Its a great phone and I would say has a lot of Pros over the burst even given that it was released 6 months ago

posted on 08 Feb 2012, 06:47

6. cdrob (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


found out they sent me the wrong sim card...:((

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 14:05

7. jzachary78 (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


pls tell me how u managed to get root for this device (noticed the superuser icon in the screenshots). I've had this phone for almost 30 days now, been trying to root since day 1. And with the exception of the low-quality camera software, all in all it's fantastic.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 20:24

8. TechLife11 (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


I just got one and I've got to say its really quite a good little smartphone. It works just as well as my friends Samsung and Motorola phones. The 4G LTE is fast and the phone its self is quick, so far I think the budget company has finally hit a home run with the Burst.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 19:20

10. adriannladonna (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


I own the Pantech Burst and I have only had it for 3 weeks never dropped it or got it wet and recently it quit charging and won't turn on for me at all..So i called and because i didnt have the box they had to call Pantech directly and they are priority mailing me a new phone in the mail next day shipping, they are charging me 15.00 just to get a new phone... I believe it should have been no charge because of it being their product they looked over it thoroughly and found nothing what so ever wrong no liquid damage or any damage of any type.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 22:20

11. TechLife11 (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Its been a few months now and the phone still works great. Its now my all in one since I use it for music now, the SQ is better than my Fuze and Cowon J3 which is just shocking to me. Paired with my FiiO E11 headphone amp and Triple Fi 10 the sound quality is outstanding. This is the best phone you can get as far as price performance goes.

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Pantech Burst

Pantech Burst

OS: Android 4.0 2.3.5
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Scorpion processor
Size4.98 x 2.46 x 0.45 inches
(126 x 62 x 11 mm)
4.32 oz  (122 g)
Battery1650 mAh, 4.5 hours talk time

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