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.