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Pantech Burst Review

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Sadly, you can’t win them all, as we know all too well. Specifically, the smartphone’s 5-megapixel auto-focus camera fails to capture any reasonable looking photos, but even more annoying is the lengthy time it requires to snap a shot. Previewing the results, its details are profoundly soft in tone, but for some reason, it constantly exhibits a prominent greenish hue with its color reproduction.  Shots taken in low lighting tend to look very grainy, though, we’re appalled by the very weak LED flash that fails to even illuminate subjects that are 3 feet away.

Camera interface - Pantech Burst Review
Camera interface - Pantech Burst Review
Camera interface - Pantech Burst Review
Camera interface - Pantech Burst Review
Camera interface - Pantech Burst Review
Camera interface - Pantech Burst Review
Camera interface - Pantech Burst Review
Camera interface - Pantech Burst Review

Camera interface


Camera samples taken with the Pantech Burst - Pantech Burst Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Burst - Pantech Burst Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Burst - Pantech Burst Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Burst - Pantech Burst Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Burst - Pantech Burst Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Burst - Pantech Burst Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Burst - Pantech Burst Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Burst - Pantech Burst Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Burst - Pantech Burst Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Burst - Pantech Burst Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Burst - Pantech Burst Review
Camera samples taken with the Pantech Burst - Pantech Burst Review

Camera samples taken with the Pantech Burst


Strong - Indoor samples - Pantech Burst Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Pantech Burst Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Pantech Burst Review

Strong

Medium

Low light

3ft - Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - Pantech Burst Review
5ft - Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - Pantech Burst Review
7ft - Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - Pantech Burst Review

3ft

5ft

7ft

Darkness with flash

Indoor samples


Sadly, it doesn’t get any better in the video recording department seeing its 720p videos are disappointing. Again, we’re presented with faint looking details and inaccurate color reproduction, but it’s further tarnished by its ridiculously choppy 19 frames per second capture and distorted audio recording. So yeah, it’s far from exhibiting the qualities of something deemed as high-definition.

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Multimedia:

Neither ugly nor attractive looking, the Pantech Burst comes at us with a very conventional looking music player, though, we do like the option of browsing through our collection with its swipe friendly carousel. With its single speaker, it emits tones that are pleasant to hear, but there’s a slight hint of hollowness with it. Still, it can be remedied by selecting the appropriate equalizer option.

The Pantech Burst comes at us with a very conventional looking music player - Pantech Burst Review
The Pantech Burst comes at us with a very conventional looking music player - Pantech Burst Review
In the status bar - The Pantech Burst comes at us with a very conventional looking music player - Pantech Burst Review
On the lockscreen - The Pantech Burst comes at us with a very conventional looking music player - Pantech Burst Review
  

In the status bar

On the lockscreen

The Pantech Burst comes at us with a very conventional looking music player


Tantalizing us with its poppy looking colors, our eyes are unable to overlook the sluggish playback of our test video that’s encoded in MPEG-4 1920 x 1080. Well, it’s not terrible per se, but highly recognizable enough to capture our attention. Of course, it’s not an issue with lower quality videos.

Video playback - Pantech Burst Review
Video playback - Pantech Burst Review

Video playback



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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: 3013; 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: 1001; 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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