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Meet the new king of budget smartphones

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We're willing to go out on a limb and crown the Pantech Burst as the new king of budget handsets. It's not perfect and isn't meant to be, but if you can get past minor flaws like the camera and certain UI elements, you'll find yourself in possession of a powerful handset that's capable of keeping up with the network's LTE titans. Indeed, this was the first time we've truly felt proud to whip out a Pantech phone, and we're hoping this is a harbinger of things to come. We'd love to see this particular device become the poster child for entry-level phones going forward -- after all, if this company can do it, so can everyone else.

Critic reviews

7.3
7 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.0
  • Display
    7.5
  • Battery life
    6.4
  • Camera
    6.3
  • Ease of use
    6.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.4
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0
  • Media support
    7.2
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

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User reviews

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  • Reception and call quality
  • Display
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Ease of use
  • Design and form factor
  • Portability (size / weight)
  • Media support
  • Durability
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
8.0
CNET Feb 16, 2012

At just $50, the feature-rich Pantech Burst packs in more high-end goodies than you'd expect from a budget LTE phone. However, call quality and battery life aren't its strong suits.

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7.0
PC Mag Feb 9, 2012

The Pantech Burst is a good smartphone for users looking to tap into AT&T's 4G LTE network on a budget.

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7.0
PC World Feb 7, 2012

If you’re looking for an inexpensive LTE phone, the Pantech Burst is an excellent option--as long as you don't plan to use it as your primary camera.

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8.0
phoneArena Feb 3, 2012

Sound the alarm people, but we believe that Pantech has finally produced a winner in our books for AT&T, seeing that the Burst offers a ton of value for its $49.99 on-contract price.

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6.0
Android Central Feb 5, 2012

The Burst is really a nice little phone. But the other AT&T LTE handsets offer a little more in the way of customizations and features. If you're going to sign-on for two years, you should get the best product available. If you're looking for a solid and inexpensive LTE phone for AT&T, and buying...

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