After spending some quality time refining its line of Android smartphones, with the Pantech Burst impressing us of late with its balanced appeal and low-cost price point, Pantech is finally getting its toes wet and going after the tablet market. So far, the AT&T customers have been treated to the premium offerings available with the HTC Jetstream and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, both of which offer 4G LTE speeds, but the Pantech Element aims to naturally entice people with its lower price point – while still retaining similar specs to its rivals. Moreover, it’s able to better differentiate itself thanks to its waterproof aspect, which should no doubt catch anyone’s attention, but it’s blatantly obvious that it’ll require more to stand equally with its peers.
Right off the bat, we’re reminded of the Pantech Pocket from not too long ago because the Element flaunts the same 4:3 aspect ratio – thus, looking very squarish by nature. Although we have some difficulty holding it in one hand because of its wide form and slick feel, we’re content by its solid construction thanks to its sturdy plastic body. Honestly, its conventional design eerily makes it look like an over-sized smartphone, since its speaker and front-facing camera are positioned exactly where we normally find them on a phone. Differentiating itself from most tablets though, the Element is IP57 certified, which means that it can survive being submerged under water for up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. However, unlike some of the rugged smartphones out there, the Element can still incur damages from drops – so technically, it isn’t a ruggedized device.