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					Pantech Burst review: LTE on a budget

The Pantech Burst is the first budget oriented Android smartphone to hit AT&T's newly
launched LTE network. Interestingly enough however, the fifty-dollar handset shares the
exact same CPU and chipset as the top dogs in the carrier's 4G lineup. Throw a 4" Super
AMOLED screen, a gig of RAM, as well as 16GB of built-in memory to the device's
specs, and one really begins to wonder where the budget moniker came from.

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Pantech has never been a major player on the smartphone market in the United States.
The subject of today's feature is probably the first attempt of the company, worthy of
attention, and for a good reason. You can easily find out why, by taking a look at the key
features of the handset below.
Key Features

  Quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G support
  LTE network connectivity
  4" Super AMOLED touchscreen with WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) resolution
  Android OS v2.3.5 with a handy launcher from Pantech
  1.5 GHz Scorpion dual-core CPU, Adreno 220 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon S3
chipset, 1GB of RAM
  5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash, 720p video recording; front-facing VGA unit
  Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support
  GPS with A-GPS connectivity; Digital compass
  16GB internal storage, microSD slot
  Accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensor
  Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  Stereo Bluetooth v3.0
  Highly affordable price tag

Main disadvantages

  No dedicated camera key
  microSIM card slot
  Poor video recording quality
  Design is rather dull (especially the front of the device)
  Poor battery performance
  No office editor preinstalled (only a viewer)

As you can see in the list above, as far as hardware goes, the Pantech Burst is practically
neck to neck with the best Android smartphones on AT&T's LTE network. The
smartphone's CPU and chipset are still one of the speediest around. Its Super AMOLED
screen on the other hand, is hardly a budget phone fixture too.
So is the Pantech's entry into the major leagues a proper powerhouse, or is its low price
tag an indication for compromises to be made? Read on to find out. As always, we'll kick
things off with an unboxing, followed by a design and build quality inspection.

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