Pantech Element

79
Engadget
Score
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Pantech Element review

Summary

For a lesser-known brand, Pantech's 8-inch Element surprises with dependable performance and a durable, sleek design. At $300 on contract, it's slightly overpriced, although still a solid purchase for consumers bent on LTE.

Pros
  • Smooth user experienceWaterproof enclosureBlazing LTE speedsHearty battery life
Cons
  • Poor screen visibility outdoorsFeels a bit pricey for what it is
Pantech Element review

You've heard of singin' in the rain (and have likely seen the movie). You may have even attempted it once or twice, but tableting in the midst of a downpour? That doesn't exactly conjure the same whimsy and spontaneous dance numbers. Yet, Pantech's making such joyous, on-the-go content consumption possible with the aptly named Element. It's yet another addition to the growing stable of LTE devices propping up AT&T's newly expanded 4G fort. Rather than run the risk of this being seen as another garden-variety Honeycomb tablet, though, Pantech's imbued this guy with waterproofing.Of course, that's not all this skinned Android slate's bringing to the party. With a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 CPU complemented by 1GB RAM, a 1024 x 768 TFT XGA display and a healthy 6,400mAh battery, this impermeable tab stands on equal spec footing with its post-PC peers. At $299 on two-year contract, it's certainly priced to sell, but should you dish out the dollars for a middle-ground tablet from the likes of a lesser-known manufacturer? Does a limited and possibly frivolous imperviousness to water warrant your attention? Should you stash that plastic until Pantech confirms an ETA for that Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade? Find all this out and more after the break, as we force this 8-incher to brave the elements.

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Scores

Engadget

79
 

Breakdown

Portability (size / weight)
8.0
Battery life
8.0
Design and form factor
6.0
Display
6.0
Storage capacity
8.0
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Specs

Element

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
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Specs

Element

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
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