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As our devices have become more technically impressive, they’ve also become kind of delicate. We have to put cases on our iPads and iPhones, or risk scratching; if a drop of water hits our tablets, it could be game over. The Pantech Element, on the other hand, is ready for action. It’s waterproof, ruggedized, and generally able to withstand... well, the elements. It’s durable on the outside, but still has some impressive hardware inside: a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and an 8-inch TFT display. On paper, the Element seems like a killer combination: a powerful tablet that you don’t have to worry about. But the Honeycomb tablet market is cluttered with Galaxy Tabs, Transformers, and Iconia Tabs — is there a place for the Element? Read the full review to find out. Video Review Hardware / design Especially given its rugged features, the Element doesn't look particularly big or bulky. At 10.6mm thick, it's actually thinner than the Kindle Fire or HTC Flyer, and its edges are tapered in such a way that it doesn't feel large at all in your hands. Its aesthetic is very minimalist: it's black on every surface, with only a few logos and buttons marring its simplicity.
After spending some quality time refining its line of Android smartphones, with the Pantech Burst impressing us of late with its balanced appeal and low-cost price point, Pantech is finally getting its toes wet and going after the tablet market. So far, the AT&T customers have been treated to the premium offerings available with the HTC Jetstream and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, both of which offer 4G LTE speeds, but the Pantech Element aims to naturally entice people with its lower price point – while still retaining similar specs to its rivals. Moreover, it’s able to better differentiate itself thanks to its waterproof aspect, which should no doubt catch anyone’s attention, but it’s blatantly obvious that it’ll require more to stand equally with its peers.Right off the bat, we’re reminded of the Pantech Pocket from not too long ago because the Element flaunts the same – thus, looking very squarish by nature. Although we have some difficulty holding it in one hand because of its wide form and slick feel, we’re content by its solid construction thanks to its sturdy plastic body. Honestly, its conventional design eerily makes it look like an over-sized smartphone, since its speaker and front-facing camera are positioned exactly where we normally find them on a phone.
Hence the name, the key feature of the Pantech Element is the tablet's waterproof design. It's IP57 certified, which means you can submerge the tablet in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes. It's not billed as ruggedized, but it is solidly built, so this tablet should stand up to the elements better than most others. While many Android tablets measure 7 or 10 inches, the Element splits the difference with its 8-inch screen, gaining some of the benefits of each, but also presenting some problems of its own. Besides the in-between screen size and the rugged design, the Element is a fairly standard Android Honeycomb tablet with a 4G LTE radio. If you need a tablet with a fast cell data connection that you can take on your outdoor adventures, the Element is a solid, affordable choice. Pricing and Design The Pantech Element comes in a single 16GB model available from AT&T for $299.99 with a two-year contract or $449.99 without. If you're also looking for a new LTE Android smartphone, AT&T is offering the Pantech Element and Pantech Burst together for $249.99 with appropriate two-year contracts. The price is far more palatable than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9's (3.5 stars) $479.99 price with two-year contract or $629.99 without.
AT&T is looking to make a big splash with the $299 Pantech Element, an 8-inch tablet that's essentially waterproof. In addition to its ability withstand spills or even the occasional dunk, this Android-powered slate offers a vibrant display, solid performance, and blazing 4G LTE speeds. But will the $299 (with two-year contract, $449 with no contract) Element sink or swim in an already crowed tablet market?Click to EnlargeYou wouldn't know when picking up the Pantech Element that it's waterproof. A large glossy display sits in front surrounded by a shiny black bezel with a noticeable lack of capacitive buttons. Logos for Pantech and AT&T reside on top at opposite corners of the display. A 2.0 megapixel front-facing camera sits in the center of the left bezel next. A shiny gray plastic band frames the front of the Element adding a subtle accent.A thick strip of matte black plastic sits wraps around the sides of the tablet. A chrome power button and a black matte volume rocker sit at the top of the tablet embedded in a hard black plastic panel with a snakeskin pattern. There is a similar panel at the bottom of the tablet. However, the panel opens into two separate port covers. The left port cover reveals slots for a SIM card and microSD.
You don't see many tablets outdoors. There are a few ways to explain for this, but one of the easiest is the fact that these thin, expensive, glass-covered computers are fragile. Unlike smartphones, which spend most of their lives protected in your pocket, tablets need a sleeve or bag to shelter them from nature's fury. Without one, an unexpected rain shower or a spilled glass of water could quickly put an end to your forward-thinking, tablet-embracing lifestyle. The Pantech Element is a tablet that dares to go outside. Not only is this $299 (on contract) Android 3.2 tablet able to survive full submersion in up to 1 meter of water, but it's also blessed with AT&T's 4G LTE mobile data network. Does the Pantech Element's added durability make it easier to recommend over similar tablets? Let's take a look. At first glance, the Pantech Element doesn't seem much different from any other Android tablet we've come across. It's a little on the small side, with an 8-inch screen as opposed to the 10.1-inch screens found on most of its Android 3.2 (aka Honeycomb) siblings. You'll notice something's amiss when you take a look the sides of the tablet.
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