I love it. Good price and very good performance February 4, 2012
Reviewer: Gyusung Lee
I did not want to spend $200 on smartphones with AT&T upgrade. For a while, I was researching on several android phones. When I found this phone, it did not take a long time for me to consider. This phone was fast and big enough for my needs. I am so happy with my my choice now. I heard that Pantech had very good reputation in Korea and they are well known for technological developments. Samsung and LG does not provide any software allowing outlook sync but Pantech has Pantech PC suite which works well with me.
Great budget smartphone and its fast April 6, 2012
Reviewer: DJ "IEM Fiend" (Dallas,Tx) -
I was thinking I was going to spend $150 or $200 on a new phone and then I came across the Pantech Burst, which while I was looking at it I didn't even know it was at first because it was so good. Its 4G LTE and with its dual core 1.5GHz processor makes it very fast and with the Android OS it has all the bells and whistles of more expensive smatphones. Full web browsing and the sound quality for music is outstanding and the super AMLOED screen looks great. All in all this is a wonderful phone and at the price I paid make it just a flat out steal, it fantastic.
Android at full speed June 17, 2012
First off. I sold an iPhone that I had for about a month since I couldn't put off with the ridiculous restrictions of ios. Apple spoon feeds crappola to their fanboys but what do I care.
My impressions so far about this phone: it's impressively fast with absolutely no lag at all, and doesn't even pause to catch it's breath with Netflix.
The screen looks beautiful, just like a Nexus s, where the colors pop out of the screen. wouldn't expect any less since both the nexus s and the burst have a super amoled screen.
The battery seems to be draining fast though, but I've been using the screen in full brightness and the keyboard on haptic feedback.
The keyboard is accurate and the screen responsive. the four capacitive Android buttons are responsive at the first touch. I've had phones that take several tries.
the earphone volume in the pantech burst is very, very low which is a let down, but so far is the only complain I have aside from the battery drain.
both of those problems can be solved though since I'm not returning this little speed master.
edit 1: been playing Homerun battle 2 and it played without a hiccup. It's a graphics intensive game, wich tells me the GPU is good. That game is no solitaire or chess wich both usually sport lame graphics. Anyway I hope this review helped somebody.
Edit: lowered the rating to 4, since the battery barely holds its charge till noon.
Burst of Speed. Not for marathons. July 18, 2012
Reviewer: ChewyGranolaBar (San Antonio, Tx) -
Screen- Large but not too large screen, super amoled, bright and sharp picture.
Performance- FAST. Apps run quickly and are very responsive. Quick load times.
Connectivity- 4G LTE. FAST. If you are coming from 3g be prepared to start living differently.
Memory- Comes with a good amount memory and options to upgrade to even more.
Cost- Cheap with plan. Essentially free at the writing of this review.
Aesthetic Design- Isn't going to wow folks, but is a good looking phone.
Pantech UI- Nice and simple and unconstomizable. Luckily there are plenty of android apps to remedy that problem.
Camera- 5mp with very weak flash. Very low resolution front facing camera (but hey there is a front facing camera!). So-So pictures. Luckily there are plenty of android apps that help improve camera picture quality greatly.
Android- Using 2.3, but at the time of this writing 4.1 is already released. I've heard that this phone will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of the summer though. Hopefully this is true.
Battery life- Horrible. Even with maybe 30 minutes of talking and 20 or so texts and the rest of the time sitting in your pocket.. this phone will be runnning on fumes at the end of the day. Don't forget to charge this phone at night or it will not make it through the next day.
Call quality- I had an ATT phone in the same area before this for 2 years and I've only had this phone for a few weeks and I have had more complaints about call quality in the last few weeks than in the last 2 years. I don't know if it is ATT or the phone or both, but it is bothersome.
Summary: 3 stars. I tend to grade on a curve when things are so cheap, but a phone is an increasingly important tool in our lives. Even if the smart phone was essentially free, the data plan certainly isn't. If you purchase this phone most likely you are planning to use this phone a lot by taking photos, using fb, twitter, navigation, internet, texting, music... and oh yeah... making phone calls. But that is sort of moot if you run out of batteries and your voice is all garbled and those are the two biggest cons of this phone. Otherwise this phone is super fast and a pleasure to use.
FYI- if you google reviews for Pantech Burst, it seems most of the reviews on the various android websites are reviews of a different model with a faster processor some other differences.
Great smartphone for a wonderful price. September 17, 2012
Reviewer: JR-Texas (Dallas) -
Got this phone directly from AT&T when renewing cellular contract. It was priced at $0.99 for 2 year contract renewal. Phone arrived the day after I made the online order. It walks you through a simple set up routine when powered on and is ready to use in just a few seconds.
Screen is crisp and bright. Navigation using swipes and taps is easy and responsive. Lots of options for tap feedback notification. It powers up rather quickly with a primary navigation screen which looks a little odd until you get used to it. Then it makes a lot of sense and is easy to use.
There are a boatload of apps preinstalled. Some are the AT&T fluff that can be uninstalled. There are voice apps for Google search and other voice response apps. The voice search works fine. Haven't tried any of the others yet. Comes with Play Store and is very easy to set up with Amazon App Store. Seems to be millions of free apps available. I've installed about a dozen with no problems at all.
Voice calling on the phone is clear and crisp. Texting is easy and structured well for tracking individual conversations. It's 4g but I've mostly used wifi so download speeds are great.
Most everyone else in my immediate family have I-phones which, compared to my Pantech Burst, look a little out of date and dark. I really like the Android OS and the Pantech interface.
Only thing I miss from my previous smartphone (Palm Pixi) is the flashing notification of a new incoming email or text.
For the money, this is a great deal.