Summary: The Pantech Burst is easily the best budget-friendly smartphone on AT&T. It may not exceed the power or features of AT&T's other high-end phones like the Samsung Galaxy S II or HTC Vivid, but the fact that it can at least hold its own against them is a huge statement for a phone in this price range. Not only that, but you can get the Pantech Burst and the Pantech Element tablet together for only $250.
Excerpt: Over the years Pantech has come out with some innovative cellphone designs, but has failed to impress consumers. Recently though, the Pantech Burst debuted on AT&T with some cutting edge features that surprised the smartphone industry because they aren’t things you’ll find on a budget device.
Pantech Burst – a very nice smartphone that you can get for free with the Element tablet
31 January 2012
Conclusion: Obviously, the handset will be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box, and there’s a slight possibility that it may get updated to Ice Cream Sandwich in the near future, although I wouldn’t be too confident in that. Either way, Gingerbread is a pretty good OS as it is and should be actual for at least the next year or so.
Conclusion: AT&T continues to be aggressive with their LTE 4G phone pricing, likely to combat Verizon Wireless' lineup of lovely high end Android smartphones and currently larger LTE footprint. The Pantech Burst is a great phone for the price, and you're not making major concessions by buying a "cheap" phone. It has a sharp 4" Super AMOLED display with no visible color fringing, a fast CPU, ample internal storage and a decent though not stellar camera.
Pros: Very affordable LTE 4G Android smartphone that's fast all around. Sharp display.
Cons: No word when it will get Ice Cream Sandwich (Android OS 4.0).
Summary: The Pantech Burst is hands-down one of the fastest phones anywhere for $49. The 4G LTE speeds are fantastic, and the tweaks Pantech made to the Android interface makes the UI more intuitive. The slow camera is a letdown, and we wish the battery lasted a bit longer, but overall, this smartphone is a great value.
Pros: Very fast 4G LTE speeds, Vivid Super AMOLED screen, Lock screen shortcuts and other welcome UI tweaks, Good overall performance
Cons: Slow camera with fuzzy images indoors, Short battery life in 4G LTE areas