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Pantech Element review

7.1/10 AVG.
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7.1/10
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The Pantech Element currently has an Informr score of 7.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 7 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

With its very rounded corners, front-facing camera position, screen size, and usage of waterproof materials, the Pantech Element is most certainly not your average Android tablet. So what exactly can you expect should you decide to get this LTE-enabled 8-inch Android tablet from AT&T in the US?

For starters, the Pantech Element features an 8-inch multi-touch color display with a native resolution of 1024x768 pixels. To the right of which, you’ll find a front facing camera with a 2-megapixel sensor. The main one, with a 5-megapixel sensor, is located at the back. Inside the Element’s 11mm thick case, there’s a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU and 1GB of RAM to handle all mobile computing tasks within its default operating system, Android 3.2 Honeycomb.

If you were surprised to learn that Pantech decided to go with an older version of Android for the Element, you’ll be even more surprised—and perhaps pleasantly—to learn that it has a fully waterproof design. Now, when was the last time you needed to whip out a tablet or smartphone in the middle of pouring rain? Never? Well, just in case you ever do in the future, this tablet will be able to handle it.

There’s a 6,400mAh battery, which gives up to 12 hours of use on a charge according to Pantech itself. That kind of runtime should be more than long enough for daily use, especially if you plan to hang out in the great outdoors to enjoy fast 4G LTE speeds where there is 4G network coverage.

Speaking of which, the absolute best, if not the only, way to enjoy using this Pantech tablet is if you purchase it with an accompanying data plan or service contract. Because otherwise, you will have to pay $450 for it outright, and you’ll miss out on some of the deals that AT&T is bundling it with.

Need To Know: Pantech Element

1. Waterproof design and 10+ hour battery life should ensure non-stop daily use no matter what the weather—just don’t forget to charge at night. (The Good)

2. 4G LTE network support means faster than 3G and 3.5G connection speeds. (The Good)

3. Default operating system is outdated and users may have to upgrade on their own if updates to later versions of Android ever become available. (The Bad)

4. 8-inch form factor may make it difficult to find compatible cases at reasonable prices. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
8"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


148Apps

Twisty Hollow gets pretty frantic in later levels, but most of the time it manages to show players some good fun. The action certainly gets chaotic at points, and to be honest all the spinning around might make sensitive players a bit dizzy, but the game’s sense of humor is worth sticking arou...

- Nadia Oxford, 148Apps
Engadget

So, what's the verdict? Should you clasp this slate to your breast and dance about in a torrential downpour, belting out showtunes and banging out tweets in full gale force, or do we order Pantech's tab to walk the plank, and sink below its one-foot threshold? Well, we'll let price be the deciding f...

- Joseph Volpe, Engadget
The Verge

There’s not a lot to dislike about the Element, but I don’t have a lot of things to love about it either. It’s just an average Honeycomb tablet that won’t die immediately upon being dripped on. Its hardware isn’t on par with a device like the Asus Transformer Prime or t...

- David Pierce , The Verge
PC Magazine

With an army of faster, less expensive Android tablets for 2012 announced at CES, many of which will run Android 4.0 right out of the box, the Element could easily get lost in the fray. It does, however, stand out with its affordable price, fast 4G LTE, and solid, waterproof design. Performance-wise...

- Eugene Kim, PC Magazine
PhoneArena

Considering that this is Pantech’s first foray into the tablet scene, we’re astounded to see that they’ve been able to present us with an admirable effort with the Pantech Element. Yeah, it might not boast the same brand recognition as some of its rivals, but nevertheless, you can&...

- John V., PhoneArena


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Screen Size
8"

The Pantech Element's screen size is 8 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a Dual-core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels 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
6400mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 6400 mAh battery. Pantech's performance ratings are 25 days standby time, 12 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Pantech Element Specs

Overview
Release date January 22, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, HSDPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor Dual-core 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 6400 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 5 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 12 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 12 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 25 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 21.2 x 15.5 x 1.1 cm (8.4 x 6.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 470 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design Yes
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 8 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Brightness control, Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Self-timer, Smile detection, White balance, Scene Mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 20 fps, up to 60 minutes
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
1x optical
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Calling
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Pantech P4100

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148Apps

An original puzzle game that's lots of twisty-turny fun

from 148Apps

Twisty Hollow gets pretty frantic in later levels, but most of the time it manages to show players some good fun. The action certainly gets chaotic at points, and to be honest all the spinning around might make sensitive players a bit dizzy, but the game’s sense of humor is worth sticking a...More

Twisty Hollow gets pretty frantic in later levels, but most of the time it manages to show players some good fun. The action certainly gets chaotic at points, and to be honest all the spinning around might make sensitive players a bit dizzy, but the game’s sense of humor is worth sticking around for – particularly the letters the self-appointed mayor sends out after some levels. And as a lifelong resident of Toronto, I can relate to a narrative about a mayor gone completely bonkers.

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Engadget

The Element surprises with dependable performance and a durable, sleek design

from Engadget

So, what's the verdict? Should you clasp this slate to your breast and dance about in a torrential downpour, belting out showtunes and banging out tweets in full gale force, or do we order Pantech's tab to walk the plank, and sink below its one-foot threshold? Well, we'll let price be the decidin...More

So, what's the verdict? Should you clasp this slate to your breast and dance about in a torrential downpour, belting out showtunes and banging out tweets in full gale force, or do we order Pantech's tab to walk the plank, and sink below its one-foot threshold? Well, we'll let price be the deciding factor here and at $300 on two-year contract, it's perfectly positioned to lure consumers away from Motorola's comparatively overpriced ($430 on contract) and underperforming Xyboard 8.2 -- all you're missing out on is that familiar Droid branding. Take AT&T up on its tempting limited time bundle that pairs this unit up with Pantech's other LTE spawn the Burst and you'll really be stretching the limits of your purchasing power. As a standalone product, however, and without the backing of a major marketing push, the Element's likely to disappear, undeservedly, into the unending stream of me-too Android tablets; a middle-ground oddity coming out of nowhere and attracting little-to-no attention.

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The Verge

It's a very average tablet, except you can drop it in the sink

from The Verge

There’s not a lot to dislike about the Element, but I don’t have a lot of things to love about it either. It’s just an average Honeycomb tablet that won’t die immediately upon being dripped on. Its hardware isn’t on par with a device like the Asus Transformer Prime o...More

There’s not a lot to dislike about the Element, but I don’t have a lot of things to love about it either. It’s just an average Honeycomb tablet that won’t die immediately upon being dripped on. Its hardware isn’t on par with a device like the Asus Transformer Prime or the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and even its size and price are awkwardly in no-man’s land: it’s not as portable as a 7-inch slate like the Kindle Fire or the Nook Tablet, or as immersive as a 10-inch device like the iPad. At $299 with contract or $449 without, it’s priced right in the middle as well. If you want a tablet you can place next to your bathtub and watch Netflix without worry, then Pantech’s here for you, but otherwise there’s just nothing exciting about the Element.

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PC Magazine

Affordable, Solid, waterproof design, Snappy and responsive performance, Fast 4G LTE

from PC Magazine

With an army of faster, less expensive Android tablets for 2012 announced at CES, many of which will run Android 4.0 right out of the box, the Element could easily get lost in the fray. It does, however, stand out with its affordable price, fast 4G LTE, and solid, waterproof design. Performance-w...More

With an army of faster, less expensive Android tablets for 2012 announced at CES, many of which will run Android 4.0 right out of the box, the Element could easily get lost in the fray. It does, however, stand out with its affordable price, fast 4G LTE, and solid, waterproof design. Performance-wise, it's on par with the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, but delivers it all for $180 less. If you prefer T-Mobile, the Springboard 4G (3.5 stars) is a solid performer and costs $299.99 with a two-year contract. Overall, the Apple iPad 2 is still king when it comes to tablets, but the 16GB model with AT&T's 3G (not 4G) will run you $629, with no contract subsidy option. While the Element isn't perfect, it is a good value if you need a durable, waterproof tablet with fast 4G LTE.

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PhoneArena

Waterproof, great battery life, very little slowdown with its performance

from PhoneArena

Considering that this is Pantech’s first foray into the tablet scene, we’re astounded to see that they’ve been able to present us with an admirable effort with the Pantech Element. Yeah, it might not boast the same brand recognition as some of its rivals, but nevertheless, you c...More

Considering that this is Pantech’s first foray into the tablet scene, we’re astounded to see that they’ve been able to present us with an admirable effort with the Pantech Element. Yeah, it might not boast the same brand recognition as some of its rivals, but nevertheless, you can’t count it out since we’re compelled by its balanced performance and offerings. Without a doubt, it’ll catch a few eyes on the way since it’s the only Honeycomb tablet on the market that we can honestly survive through some minor spills and submersion under water, which you don’t see that often. In terms of pricing, it’s not that bad when you take account that it offers 4G LTE connectivity for only $299.99 on-contract or $449.99 outright. All in all, it’s a resoundingly great starting point for Pantech as they continue to impress us with their surmounting efforts in the market.

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Laptop Magazine

Waterproof and dustproof; Bright display; Solid performance and graphics; Blazing 4G LTE speeds

from Laptop Magazine

The $299 Pantech Element definitely isn't your typical Android slate. Because of its waterproof design, you can feel fairly comfortable using this tablet in the kitchen or anywhere else it might get splashed. We also like the fast 4G LTE speeds and respectable battery life when in 4G mode. We're just not fans of the standard-def resolution, and you have to put up with port covers to ward off water....

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The $299 Pantech Element definitely isn't your typical Android slate. Because of its waterproof design, you can feel fairly comfortable using this tablet in the kitchen or anywhere else it might get splashed. We also like the fast 4G LTE speeds and respectable battery life when in 4G mode. We're just not fans of the standard-def resolution, and you have to put up with port covers to ward off water.

Because of the relatively high monthly data fees--which are in addition to what you would pay for a smartphone--you might want to either opt for the no-contract version of the Element for $449 and pay for data only when you need it. Or you could pick up a Wi-Fi only device like the Toshiba Thrive 7-inch ($372). But if you want a tablet that isn't afraid to get wet, the Element is definitely worth a look.

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Cnet

Waterproof, quick-running dual-core processor, HDMI output

from Cnet

The Pantech Element fills a valuable niche in the tablet market. It's the first mobile 4G tablet that truly affords you the freedom to use it outside, without fear that bad weather or a spilled cup of coffee will render your investment useless.

Unfortunately, it's still quite an investment. The $299 subsidized price demands a two-year data commitment, with a minimum rate of $35 per month. That's a total of cost of $1,139 over the life of the tablet, not including taxes and messaging rates. The tablet is available off-contract for $449, but unless you consider 4G connectivity a must-have, that's a sucker's price when there are so many better Android 3.2 options on the market, not to mention the imminent wave of Android 4.0 devices....

More

The Pantech Element fills a valuable niche in the tablet market. It's the first mobile 4G tablet that truly affords you the freedom to use it outside, without fear that bad weather or a spilled cup of coffee will render your investment useless.

Unfortunately, it's still quite an investment. The $299 subsidized price demands a two-year data commitment, with a minimum rate of $35 per month. That's a total of cost of $1,139 over the life of the tablet, not including taxes and messaging rates. The tablet is available off-contract for $449, but unless you consider 4G connectivity a must-have, that's a sucker's price when there are so many better Android 3.2 options on the market, not to mention the imminent wave of Android 4.0 devices.

Still, if you have the kind of active lifestyle (or chronic clumsiness) to justify the expense, the Pantech Element is a solid choice.

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