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The Pantech Burst is the first budget oriented Android smartphone to hit AT&T's newly launched LTE network. Interestingly enough however, the fifty-dollar handset shares the exact same CPU and chipset as the top dogs in the carrier's 4G lineup. Throw a 4" Super AMOLED screen, a gig of RAM, as well as 16GB of built-in memory to the device's specs, and one really begins to wonder where the budget moniker came from. Pantech has never been a major player on the smartphone market in the United States. The subject of today's feature is probably the first attempt of the company, worthy of attention, and for a good reason. You can easily find out why, by taking a look at the key features of the handset below. As you can see in the list above, as far as hardware goes, the Pantech Burst is practically neck to neck with the best Android smartphones on AT&T's LTE network. The smartphone's CPU and chipset are still one of the speediest around. Its Super AMOLED screen on the other hand, is hardly a budget phone fixture too. So is the Pantech's entry into the major leagues a proper powerhouse, or is its low price tag an indication for compromises to be made? Read on to find out. As always, we'll kick things off with an unboxing, followed by a design and build quality inspection.
What do you get when you cross a manufacturer that typically makes good, affordable phones that fly under the radar, and a carrier that's padding out its 4G LTE lineup with a range of Android handsets? That would be the Pantech Burst, a $50 LTE phone with a surprising number of goodies. Sure, the 5-megapixel camera isn't the absolute sharpest, but it does have a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen that hits the sweet spot, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting, and a 1.5MHz dual-core processor. Besides all that, the eye-catching design is a breath of fresh air compared with the numbing sameness of so many Android 2.3 Gingerbread phones. The phone's call quality is a red flag, however, I'm sad to say, so if you intend to frequently use the phone as (gasp!) a phone, then you may want to test it out in your neighborhood before buying the Burst, wallet-friendly price notwithstanding. From the moment I first laid eyes on the Burst at CES 2012, I liked what I saw. It's a great medium-large phone (more medium by today's standards) with some interesting style and a splash of color--at least if you lay your hands on the ruby-red version I reviewed. It also comes in titanium. It has rounded shoulders, a black glossy face, and shiny black accents on the side, creating a tuxedo effect.
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 (4.5 stars, $199.99), 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 ($299.99, 3.5 stars) 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. Design, Call Quality, and LTE The Burst measures 5.0 by 2.5 by 0.5 inches (HWD) and weighs 4.3 ounces. It's made entirely of smooth, shiny plastic, embellished with a wood grain-like appearance. We tested the red version, but it's also available in a dark gray. The 4-inch 800-by-480-pixel resolution Super AMOLED display looks bright and rich. I noticed some stippling because of the PenTile subpixel layout, but it was minor and didn't bother me. The phone is more comfortable to hold and use than the huge Skyrocket, especially if you have smaller hands. The onscreen QWERTY keyboard felt fine and the four haptic feedback-enabled touch keys beneath the display are responsive.
At CES this year, the arrival of inexpensive LTE phones and tablets was one of the overarching themes. In particular, AT&T was pushing this idea, releasing a slew of Android and Windows Phone 7 handsets on its 4G network. The Pantech Burst ($50 with a two-year AT&T contract, price as of February 5, 2012), with its low price tag, high-end specs, and silky-smooth performance, was a breakout star at CES. But if you like to take a lot of photos with your phone, you won’t appreciate the Burst’s below-average camera and slow shutter speed. Traditionally Pantech has made only feature phones and messaging devices for AT&T and Verizon, but in the past year the company has stepped up its game, making midtier, affordable Android phones. The Burst is the first dual-core phone from Pantech, and it's the company’s first AT&T LTE phone. The Burst comes in two colors, red and "titanium." The battery cover has a brushed appearance, which makes the Burst look a bit more high-end. Measuring 5.0 by 2.5 by 0.45 inches, the Burst fits easily into a pocket or bag, and it weighs a manageable 4.32 ounces. It is a bit plasticky, and it doesn’t have the feel of a phone four times its price, such as the Motorola Droid Razr or the HTC Vivid.
Always been known as a budget oriented manufacturer, Pantech has tried desperately to no avail in producing a breakout smartphone for AT&T’s camp, as they’ve failed to establish their mark with devices like the Pantech Crossover and Pocket. Rather than letting the competition absorb the fruitful rewards associated with AT&T’s 4G LTE network, the Pantech Burst is exploding onto the scene in hopes of gaining some sort of visibility with its oh-so lovable on-contract price of $49.99. Instead of finding something watered down in the specs department, which might be the first thing to come to mind for most people, this handset isn’t messing around as it carries along some of the elements we’d expect employed by a modernized smartphone ready for war.Finally, Pantech has somehow managed to concoct a decent looking smartphone with the Burst, seeing it flaunts a design that’s quite modern and appealing. In its attempt to embody the styling of a premium priced smartphone, we have to give Pantech credit on this one as they obtain the look by utilizing a sturdy plastic casing that emulates the appearance of a metallic finish.
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