In general, tablets aren’t known for their photo-taking capabilities, but with the Pantech Element, we’re thoroughly tickled by the pleasant snapshots it’s able to produce with its 5-megapixel camera. Although it tends to over-sharpen details, colors are on the neutral side for the most part, which converge together to produce acceptable shots. As expected, low lighting shots come out rather noisy looking, with colors being more bland in tone, but its LED flash manages to sharpen things a little bit.

Regretfully, we’re absolutely disappointed by the shabby looking 720p videos the tablet records. Muddying its quality tremendously, it’s diminished by its indistinct details, choppy capture rate of 19 frames per second, and heavy artifacting. Above all, our eyes can’t get over its poor looking details, which ultimately makes it far from being high definition in any way.

Pantech Element Sample Video:


Well, there’s nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to playing music, seeing that it boasts the all too lovable stock Honeycomb player. Aside from its spiffy looking 3D carousel interface, our ears are amazed by the boisterous tones its single speaker is able to produce – though, a tiny bit of strain can be heard at the loudest volume setting.

Video playback is hardly a test for the tablet, since it eloquently plays our test video that’s encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080 resolution with no issues at all.

Sharing multimedia content couldn’t be any easier for the Element, thanks to its microHDMI port that provides all of the usefulness of having a mirrored experience on our high-def TV.



1. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Yet again the camera putting down a good tablet -_-. seriously how many people actually care about the camera

2. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 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: Nov 28, 2011

after using the ipad 2 a descent camera really would not hurt

6. winsaki234

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

iPad camera suck

4. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 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: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

LOL and this has a smaller screen, so better pixels :)

7. shgiruss

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 16, 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: Dec 29, 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: May 21, 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.
  • Display 8.0" 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 6400 mAh

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