Pantech Burst Review

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.

The package contains:

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


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.

You can compare the Pantech Burst with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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1. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

2. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

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

9. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

3. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 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

4. cdrob

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

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

5. Yankchef

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 03, 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

6. cdrob

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

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

7. jzachary78

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 22, 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.

8. TechLife11

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

10. adriannladonna

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 04, 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.

11. TechLife11

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 06, 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.
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1650 mAh(4.50h talk time)

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