In the world of smartphones there are many names that come to mind when you think about the top contenders in the smartphone market. Pantech is not usually one of those names. However, the Pantech Burst is definitely a great Android Smartphone worthy of taking on some of the big names.
The first thing unique about the phone that I received for review is that it is red. Not bright red, but a nice dark red. It looks so nice that it makes you not want to use a case. It also comes in Titanium. Yeah, I know… that is not a tech feature, but it’s pretty.
I have been used to using a larger phone, but the size of this one is nice. The screen is a 4.0″ Super AMOLED WVGA, so it’s bright and clear. Everything looks great.
The first spec worth mentioning is that the Burst is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. This means that it can go up against some of the big boy smartphones on power. And it might just win.
The phone also has:
- Bluetooth® v3.0
- 4.0″ Super AMOLED™ WVGA
- 720p HD Video Capture
- 5 MP (Rear) Camera, VGA (Front) Camera
- LTE 700 (Band 17)/AWS (Band 4); HSPA+ (CAT 10/14); Tri-band UMTS (850/1900/2100); Quad-band EDGE
- up to 32GB memory with included microSD slot
Well the AT&T 4G network is not faster than it’s direct competitor, it is certainly not bad. I have noticed that different phones running on the same AT&T network get different speeds when sitting right next to each other. The Pantech Burst consistently got speeds between 5.5 mb – 7.2mb download and at one point got as much as 3mb up.
The camera is really good. Although only 5mb, it takes nice clear shots and does a great job at macro shots as well. It also allows the white balance to be adjusted, and can take sepia, negative, and mono shots.
One of the coolest functions of this camera is the ability to put it in Instant mode which simulates a Polaroid camera. You take a photo, and you actually watch as it develops on screen complete with classic white border and slight washed out appearance.
I also like Pantech’s implementation of the Android GUI. The lock screen gives you very quick access to commonly used apps like the browser, messaging, music, email, and calling. The phone is running Android 2.3.5. It comes with many useful tools that are not seen on some other Android phones. For example, S-Board. S-Board is software for sharing content with a group. It is like a mobile whiteboard.
Check out my video below with a few thoughts about the Pantech Burst.
Overall I think this smartphone is great. Even the pickiest smartphone user who usually wants top of the line (like me) cannot dispute that Pantech did a good job here. There is not much to complain about at all.
Disclosure: I received the Pantech Burst phone in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.