Android fans will appreciate the Burst's true 4G data rates and larger Super AMOLED display.

- Mark Spoonauer , Laptop Magazine 

Reviews summary

7.4/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 13 reviews

The Pantech Burst is a serious contender for the title of the best 4G LTE-enabled entry-level smartphone on the market. It offers speedy performance at a bargain price point and runs the open source Android operating system by default.

There are a number of good hardware features worth noting about this phone from Pantech. For starters, it comes with a 4-inch 480x800 touchscreen display, a 5MP camera, and a 1,650 mAh battery which gives it up to 4.5 hours of talk time in 3G. It also comes with the right amount of wireless features which include Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and GPS with A-GPS. All of its features are kept running smoothly with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM inside a casing that measures just 11mm thin. And at 122 grams, it’s very easy to carry around.

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Overall, the Pantech Burst works quite well. And as long as there are no problems with network coverage, it can deliver superb voice quality during phone calls. Of course, that changes if you are in an area where AT&T network coverage is rather sparse. Also, the default operating system is kind of limited in terms of features especially when compared with later versions of the Android software.

Indeed, there are plenty of other smartphones on the market that will outrank this one in terms of both hardware and software. But then again, it doesn’t really cost that much to begin with. So if you’re working with a tight budget, you might find that it offers the right combination of features for your hard earned dollars.

Need to Know: Pantech Burst

1. Fast mobile processor and ample amount of RAM for multi-tasking. (The Good)

2. Internal storage is at 16GB and can be expanded further with microSD cards. (The Good)

3. Uses Android 2.3 Gingerbread, an older version of the Android software, as its default operating system. (The Bad)

4. Display quality and camera performance seem lacking. (The Bad)


Specs summary

Screen
4"

The Pantech Burst's screen is 4 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2GHz

There is a Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread (Update Available: 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1650mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1650 mAh battery. Pantech's performance ratings are 0.5 days standby time, 270 minutes (2G), 286 minutes (3G), 351 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.


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Reviews summary

7.4/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 13 reviews

The Pantech Burst is a serious contender for the title of the best 4G LTE-enabled entry-level smartphone on the market. It offers speedy performance at a bargain price point and runs the open source Android operating system by default.

There are a number of good hardware features worth noting about this phone from Pantech. For starters, it comes with a 4-inch 480x800 touchscreen display, a 5MP camera, and a 1,650 mAh battery which gives it up to 4.5 hours of talk time in 3G. It also comes with the right amount of wireless features which include Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and GPS with A-GPS. All of its features are kept running smoothly with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM inside a casing that measures just 11mm thin. And at 122 grams, it’s very easy to carry around.

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Overall, the Pantech Burst works quite well. And as long as there are no problems with network coverage, it can deliver superb voice quality during phone calls. Of course, that changes if you are in an area where AT&T network coverage is rather sparse. Also, the default operating system is kind of limited in terms of features especially when compared with later versions of the Android software.

Indeed, there are plenty of other smartphones on the market that will outrank this one in terms of both hardware and software. But then again, it doesn’t really cost that much to begin with. So if you’re working with a tight budget, you might find that it offers the right combination of features for your hard earned dollars.

Need to Know: Pantech Burst

1. Fast mobile processor and ample amount of RAM for multi-tasking. (The Good)

2. Internal storage is at 16GB and can be expanded further with microSD cards. (The Good)

3. Uses Android 2.3 Gingerbread, an older version of the Android software, as its default operating system. (The Bad)

4. Display quality and camera performance seem lacking. (The Bad)

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Reviews (7.4/10 Avg. rating)


Design is rather dull and poor battery performance

from GSMArena (4 years ago)

There is plenty to like in the Pantech Burst. The smartphone packs one of the most powerful CPU and chipset combinations on the market, a Super AMOLED screen, and LTE connectivity, all wrapped into an unpretentious looking package. The Pantech twist on Android Gingerbread is a surprisingly nice touc... More

There is plenty to like in the Pantech Burst. The smartphone packs one of the most powerful CPU and chipset combinations on the market, a Super AMOLED screen, and LTE connectivity, all wrapped into an unpretentious looking package. The Pantech twist on Android Gingerbread is a surprisingly nice touch as well. Throw in a $49.99 price tag, and the handset shapes up as a seriously compelling entry package into the LTE world. Of course, the phone is far from perfect. Its unpretentious look is actually rather dull, while the Super AMOLED screen falls a tad short of the expectations, because of its PenTile matrix. The camera and battery performances are also rather questionable. In short, those are the negatives of the low price, which the Pantech Burst sports.

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Does have its shortcomings but are easily out shadowed by the extremely low price

from Android Police (4 years ago)

I was pretty impressed by what Pantech did with the Burst. While it does have its shortcomings, they are easily out shadowed by the extremely low price. If you're looking for decent smartphone, but don't want to shell out a few hundred dollars and can deal with not having the best of the best, then... More

I was pretty impressed by what Pantech did with the Burst. While it does have its shortcomings, they are easily out shadowed by the extremely low price. If you're looking for decent smartphone, but don't want to shell out a few hundred dollars and can deal with not having the best of the best, then the Pantech Burst should be right up your alley.

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It generally performs well and it's hard to ignore the bargain price

from Brighthand (4 years ago)

The Pantech Burst may not have the gee-whiz factor of some of the flashier recent smartphones, but it generally performs well and it's hard to ignore the bargain price. It's a good size, the screen is sharp, battery life is excellent, and performance is relatively snappy, though the camera was somew... More

The Pantech Burst may not have the gee-whiz factor of some of the flashier recent smartphones, but it generally performs well and it's hard to ignore the bargain price. It's a good size, the screen is sharp, battery life is excellent, and performance is relatively snappy, though the camera was somewhat disappointing. While I did experience some major voice quality issues, data performance was excellent and you may not experience any issues if AT&T's network is strong in your area. If you're looking for a new smartphone to show off and impress your friends and family, the Burst isn't for you -- but if you just want a good smartphone and you don't have a lot of cash, the Burst is worthy of consideration. Just make sure that either you're an introvert who never talks on the phone (preferring instead to text and email) or that you have excellent network coverage in your area first, so that the voice quality issues won't be a problem for you.

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7/10

A solid and inexpensive LTE phone

from Android Central (4 years ago)

In operation, the Burst works fine. Calls are clear enough, GPS worked well enough to get me where I wanted to go with no issues, and the overall feel of the OS was a good experience. The screen is a standout, as Super AMOLED at 233 ppi (pixels per inch) should be. Pantech's addition of a PC soft... More

In operation, the Burst works fine. Calls are clear enough, GPS worked well enough to get me where I wanted to go with no issues, and the overall feel of the OS was a good experience. The screen is a standout, as Super AMOLED at 233 ppi (pixels per inch) should be. Pantech's addition of a PC software synchronization tool is a nice touch for those that need it. Battery life is what you would expect from an LTE device with a small battery in LTE areas (read: not-so-good), but outside of an LTE network it was fair, easily getting through the day. But for most of those reading this, I'm not going to recommend this one.

It makes no sense to worry about saving $100 when you're signing up to spend about $2500 on your cell service for two years. The off contract price isn't a bad deal, especially for an LTE device, but if you're signing up for two years spend the extra $100 for the Samsung Skyrocket or the HTC Vivid if you need an LTE phone. They offer a bit more bang, and will have a large community to offer third-party support. Of course if you're shopping sans-contract, the $399 for an LTE device is a great deal and the Burst would make for an excellent back-up phone.

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A good choice for users looking to tap into AT&T's emerging network on a budget

from PC Magazine (4 years ago)

The $49.99 Pantech Burst is the first smartphone on AT&T's 4G LTE network to debut with a sub-$100 price tag. What it lacks in wow factor compared to our current Editors' Choice, the gargantuan Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, it makes up for with a great balance between price and performance. And if... More

The $49.99 Pantech Burst is the first smartphone on AT&T's 4G LTE network to debut with a sub-$100 price tag. What it lacks in wow factor compared to our current Editors' Choice, the gargantuan Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, it makes up for with a great balance between price and performance. And if you're looking for a tablet, AT&T is currently offering the Pantech Burst and the Pantech Element together for $249.99 with appropriate two-year contracts. But even on its own, the Pantech Burst is a solid smartphone for users looking to tap into AT&T's 4G LTE network on a budget.

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7/10

If you're looking for LTE on the cheap, the Burst gives you some good bang for your buck

from Engadget (4 years ago)

We're willing to go out on a limb and crown the Pantech Burst as the new king of budget handsets. It's not perfect and isn't meant to be, but if you can get past minor flaws like the camera and certain UI elements, you'll find yourself in possession of a powerful handset that's capable of keeping up... More

We're willing to go out on a limb and crown the Pantech Burst as the new king of budget handsets. It's not perfect and isn't meant to be, but if you can get past minor flaws like the camera and certain UI elements, you'll find yourself in possession of a powerful handset that's capable of keeping up with the network's LTE titans. Indeed, this was the first time we've truly felt proud to whip out a Pantech phone, and we're hoping this is a harbinger of things to come. We'd love to see this particular device become the poster child for entry-level phones going forward -- after all, if this company can do it, so can everyone else.

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The Burst has some cutting edge features that you won't find on a budget device

from Pocketnow (4 years ago)

Pantech has not had the best reputation over the years for their build quality and support, but if the Burst is a preview of what is to come, Pantech might redeem their brand. With the excellent call quality (especially using the speakerphone), the limited number of proprietary apps, and high qualit... More

Pantech has not had the best reputation over the years for their build quality and support, but if the Burst is a preview of what is to come, Pantech might redeem their brand. With the excellent call quality (especially using the speakerphone), the limited number of proprietary apps, and high quality feel, the Pantech Burst might make consumers reconsider purchasing a more expensive device. Previous Pantech users who stated they would never get another Pantech device were enthralled with the Burst's snappy responsiveness and ease of use. If Pantech is able to cause this reaction with others, they will be quite the contender against other smartphone heavyweights.

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7/10

Even if you're not on a budget, you should still definitely check out the Burst

from Phonedog (4 years ago)

The Pantech Burst is easily the best budget-friendly smartphone on AT&T. It may not exceed the power or features of AT&T's other high-end phones like the Samsung Galaxy S II or HTC Vivid, but the fact that it can at least hold its own against them is a huge statement for a phone in this price range.... More

The Pantech Burst is easily the best budget-friendly smartphone on AT&T. It may not exceed the power or features of AT&T's other high-end phones like the Samsung Galaxy S II or HTC Vivid, but the fact that it can at least hold its own against them is a huge statement for a phone in this price range. Not only that, but you can get the Pantech Burst and the Pantech Element tablet together for only $250. Simply put, if you have $50 and you want an awesome smartphone, get the Burst.

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The Burst packs in more high-end goodies than you'd expect from a budget LTE phone

from Cnet (4 years ago)

I was impressed by the Pantech Burst's design, feature set, and price when I first learned of the phone at CES. When the highest-end phones sail in at $200 dollars or more, a $50 Android phones seems like it's too good to be true. If you value call quality and long battery life above all else, the f... More

I was impressed by the Pantech Burst's design, feature set, and price when I first learned of the phone at CES. When the highest-end phones sail in at $200 dollars or more, a $50 Android phones seems like it's too good to be true. If you value call quality and long battery life above all else, the fairy tale ends. Yet if you plan to make phone calls sparingly, you'll enjoy a beautiful screen of practical size, a very solid camera with nice color reproduction and impressive detail, and a dual-core processor that moves it all along.

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7/10

The Pantech Burst is an excellent option if you’re looking for an inexpensive LTE phone

from PCWorld (4 years ago)

Buying a budget-friendly smartphone always involves trade-offs, but fortunately the Pantech Burst has very few. AT&T’s LTE network offers blazing speed (in cities where coverage exists), and the dual-core processor keeps the phone running well. But if you’re planning on taking a lot of photos with y... More

Buying a budget-friendly smartphone always involves trade-offs, but fortunately the Pantech Burst has very few. AT&T’s LTE network offers blazing speed (in cities where coverage exists), and the dual-core processor keeps the phone running well. But if you’re planning on taking a lot of photos with your phone, you’ll be dissatisfied with the Burst’s camera. The slow shutter speed, paired with the hazy image quality, is this phone’s biggest weakness.

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