If you’re anxious to hop on a 4G LTE network, but can’t afford to spend a lot on a new phone, Pantech’s Burst is the first 4G LTE smartphone from AT&T with an under-$100 price tag. It may not be as flashy as other 4G LTE smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket (read our review here), but it’s still a solid smartphone for someone who doesn’t want to wait to tap into the LTE network.
While other mega-screen smartphones might have the ‘wow’ factor, the slightly smaller Burst is much easier to handle and more hand friendly. The 4-inch Super AMOLED screen doesn’t disappoint and the display is vibrant enough to make any smartphone user happy. Even with a slightly smaller screen, the touch screen was responsive with very few texting mistakes.
The Burst runs on an Android Gingerbread platform, though it is expected to run Android’s newest platform Ice Cream Sandwich in the near future. From running apps to web browsing, I didn’t experience any glitches or snags with the Burst.
For the $50 price tag, there are a few tradeoffs. If taking photos with your phone is important to you, you might want to rethink the Burst. Its 5-megapixel camera takes decent photos, but nothing to write home about. Also, the battery life on the Burst may cause problems for those on the go without a portable charger. However, I think these are livable tradeoffs for the price.
Though the Burst may not be a top-tier smartphone, don’t discount it without first checking it out. If you’re looking to utilize the 4G LTE network as soon as possible, the Burst is worth looking into. If you’re in the market for a tablet as well, AT&T has an almost unbeatable deal where customers can pick up the Burst and Pantech’s Element tablet for $250 with a two-year contract.