- Mark Spoonauer , Laptop Magazine
Android fans will appreciate the Burst's true 4G data rates and larger Super AMOLED display.
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.
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)
Reviews (7.4/10 Avg. rating)
Design is rather dull and poor battery performance
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 i... Full review
Does have its shortcomings but are easily out shadowed by the extremely low price
It generally performs well and it's hard to ignore the bargain price
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... Full review
A solid and inexpensive LTE phone
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 no... Full review
A good choice for users looking to tap into AT&T's emerging network on a budget
If you're looking for LTE on the cheap, the Burst gives you some good bang for your buck
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 co... Full review
The Burst has some cutting edge features that you won't find on a budget device
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... Full review
Even if you're not on a budget, you should still definitely check out the Burst
The Burst packs in more high-end goodies than you'd expect from a budget LTE phone
The Pantech Burst is an excellent option if you’re looking for an inexpensive LTE phone
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