Pantech Element Review
By now, we’ve expressed our discontent of continuing to see Android devices launching with anything except for Ice Cream Sandwich on board, but nevertheless, we’re not all that saddened seeing ICS doesn’t have a dramatic change with its interface over Honeycomb. Dishing up a mostly stock Android 3.2.1 Honeycomb experience, the only thing different about the Element are the minor makeovers found to its app panel and on-screen Android buttons. Aside from that, it doesn’t deviate from any other Honeycomb flavored tablet on the market, as its boasts all the phenomenal personalization aspects of the platform. Even though Pantech has specifically mentioned that the tablet is upgradeable to ICS, there is no confirmed timeline on when we’ll see it arrive.
Mainly due to its smaller display, typing can be a bit of a challenge for those with larger digits due to the overall cramped feel of its on-screen keyboard. Nonetheless, the stock Honeycomb and Swype keyboards exhibit responsive rates to keep up with our peppy rate of inputting text.
Gmail and standard email apps are appropriately laid out to take advantage of the spacious confines available with the tablet – so organizing emails is a pleasure to handle. Moreover, setup is a breeze seeing it simply requires our email address and password for automatic completion.
Processor and Memory:
In the past, Pantech has rarely been known to push the envelope with its hardware, but as we’ve seen on the Pantech Burst very recently, the Element follows in suit by running a modern processor that’s fit for undertaking of a tablet. Powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 processor, it delivers some very delicious results with various benchmark tests, which in turn keeps it in good company with many of the top devices out there. In addition, it excels in maintaining a rigorous performance that barely shows off any hints of slowdown or lag with most functions. When it comes down to it, this is indeed one speed demon that doesn’t stutter for a moment with its performance.
Out of the box, the Pantech Element’s internal memory is broken down to 12.33GB for media storage, while another 770MB is strictly reserved for apps. Then again, there’s always that useful microSD card slot that’s ready to supplement its capacity.
Internet and Connectivity:
Relying on HSPA+ connectivity, since AT&T’s 4G LTE network has yet to make its way to our location, we’re content with the speeds it’s able to present us. Complex pages like ours load in no time at all, while accurately rendering everything in full fidelity – much like what we find on any desktop browser. Even though heavy Flash sites can reduce its responsiveness with navigational controls, it’s never to the point unusable, and in the end, its web browsing performance is more than adequate for our needs.
Obviously, data speeds should no doubt be blazing via AT&T’s 4G LTE network, but with HSPA+ connectivity, the Element is able to establish speeds up to 8Mbits/s down and 1.5Mbits/s up, which are up to par with other HSPA+ enabled devices from AT&T’s stable. Not surprisingly, it features the usual staple of connectivity items, such as aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, but it’s strangely missing mobile hotspot connectivity.
1. kshell1 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Yet again the camera putting down a good tablet -_-. seriously how many people actually care about the camera
2. Fallout09 (Posts: 409; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
I agree. I have said it once, I will say it again. People who use their tablets out and about to take pictures look like total D-Bags. I dont even see a need for a camera on a tablet outside a front facing camera for video chat.
3. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)
after using the ipad 2 a descent camera really would not hurt
4. saiki4116 (Posts: 302; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
"Sure, we’re not thrilled to find it boasting a measly low resolution of 1024 x 768"...hahahaha what is ipad2 resolution..
5. imkyle (Posts: 947; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
LOL and this has a smaller screen, so better pixels :)
7. shgiruss (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
Just wanted to comment that the rear camera with a flash is essential for companies that want to use it for inspections. The droid is mobile and the Inspection industry uses the camera to identify defects etc. so some of us won't consider a tablet or smart phone without a camera with flash.
8. rudster69 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Dec 2012)
I've used the I-Pad and basically every tablet having to do with Andriod systems, I have the Galaxy 3 cell, I've had the I-phone and out of all these item that I've owned still have or used this is by far the BEST FOR IT'S MONEY, I paid 100.00 at an ATT store that was running a speacial at the time and online they wanted 200.00 and I paid 100.00 at the store which is a shocker but besides the price which means alittle the system is fast, easy for novices and for anyone that has an ATT Family plan that shares there data you incorparate this into it for 100.00 and your bill does not change a nickle. Me and my Husband bough have G3 and we had alot of Data left over and now we have something that we can use that will make it worth having the plan we have 2 G3 and this tablet with 6000mbs for 150.00 is a DEAL and all are devices are FAST and accurate!
9. pcihector (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Maybe a review after an item gets an update will be usefull like the Pantech Element, wich got one from honeycomb to Ice Cream Sandwich. Now it is completely different.