Pantech Element Comparison ThreadGeneral


  1. AndyOpie150

    AndyOpie150 <strong> <a href="http://androidforums.com/optimus Contributor

    Rather than having multiple threads on "this device vs that device", post your comparisons here.

    Really looking forward to how this device stacks up against others.:D

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  2. hspdion

    hspdion New Member

    After trying out the Galaxy Tab, the Xyboard 8.2, & Sony Tablet S in recent days, I finally settled on this new tablet...and so far I couldn't be happier with my choice.

    The resolution is 1024 x 768, so *not* widescreen like every other android tablet out there. The tablets weight is listed as +16oz, however, its ipad-esque form factor really doesn't feel at all heavy. Holding the tablet one-handed in either landscape or portrait is equally comfortable.

    Obviously the dpi isn't as high or crisp as other tablets, nevertheless the overall quality of the screen--in terms of viewing angles, uniformity of the backlighting, etc.--is superb. It's much better than the Xyboard and on par with the Sony Tablet S.

    I can't speak to benchmarks or 3d gaming performance. However, in everyday multi-tabbed web browsing, ebook reading, music & video playing/streaming, the dual core 1.5ghz snapdragon runs everything smoothly with no lagginess.

    Its pretty much stock Honeycomb with custom-designed back, home, and recent app buttons in the status bar along with an aesthetically-pleasing custom font for the tray clock. Bloatware is 'average', a lot of AT&T specific apps, a few games, and a couple of pantech created apps.

    Haptic feedback is not something I ever use in smartphones & tablets, so I disabled it right way. Likewise, no idea if the waterproof claims are accurate and hopefully will never need to find out.

    So yeah quick conclusion: pantech's first go at a tablet = good. Hopefully the company properly supports the device and comes out with timely updates, if needed, + upgrades it to ICS soon.
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  3. matguard

    matguard New Member

    I picked the Pantech Element up last week, and I have been very pleased so far. If you have specific questions or comments, let me know. I will do my best.
  4. AndyOpie150

    AndyOpie150 <strong> <a href="http://androidforums.com/optimus Contributor

    Don't forget to post all the perticulars in all the right threads.
    I'm sure everybody is curious.
  5. davidusr

    davidusr New Member

    I agree with hspdion. I've tried the Transformer, Xyboard, Iconia, and Galaxy 10.1. All those are $350+. I went to ATT to get my son the Pantech Burst, and walked out with the Burst and Element for $250+ tax.

    This tab, for basically $200, is awesome! It has LTE, which is superfast. Fits in my hand well, has very little lag, if any. Just wish I could get root access for it. Get TBU on it and freeze the stuff I'll never use.

    The biggest downfall...lack of accessories. Hopefully they'll start rolling out soon. All depends on how well it sells I guess.
  6. Nellek

    Nellek Member


    David,

    I'm new to Tablets and smart phones (still have a flip phone) however we just got a Element. If by "root access" you mean getting to the system folders on the Tablet, I downloaded an app last night that allows you to this as well as manage your sd card, images, apps and other things all from the app. I
  7. AndyOpie150

    AndyOpie150 <strong> <a href="http://androidforums.com/optimus Contributor

  8. sodor

    sodor Member

    Hi, I am very interested in this tablet--it fits all of my requirements. I am wondering how it is as an e-reader. Some of the reviews I've read say the text is not as crisp. Would that tire your eyes after a while? It seems like an amazing value--4G, expandable, waterproof. I remember that I trashed my macbook about three months after purchase with a diet coke.

    My one hesitation is that I have never had an android, and am kind of intimidated by the OS. I find the ipad expensive, even though I love all things Apple.
  9. AndyOpie150

    AndyOpie150 <strong> <a href="http://androidforums.com/optimus Contributor

    The Android OS is a Linux based OS. I would have to say the best thing is to see what it looks like with your 2 eye's to determine if it looks good or not. Everybody see's things a little differently.
    Linux commands are pretty easy to learn if you root it and get a terminal emulator app.
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  10. sodor

    sodor Member

    Hi Andyopie,
    Yes, I have seen it, and I liked it. I didn't see text next to a different model with text, though. I thought perhaps that someone might have more experience with it than I.

    Root it...I have read that rooting lets in all of the malware aps. I don't even know what rooting means, or terminal emulator. Maybe this will be too much of a learning curve.
  11. Scratched

    Scratched New Member

    Actually, sodor, it's the opposite.

    Rooting your tablet or phone, will give you the capability to remove carrier installed malware, bloatware, etc.
  12. AndyOpie150

    AndyOpie150 <strong> <a href="http://androidforums.com/optimus Contributor

    You still have to be careful about the non market app you install. Before installing google it to see if anybody has had problems with it or had a malware problem. If it's brand new, wait to see if there are any reported problems.
    Avast and Lookout and Kinetoo: Malware apps that scan an app as it downloads, they can do a complete system scan of files as well. They can not tell you if the app is corrupt until it's installed.
    Try downloading it to Your PC first as your PC won't auto install it. Then run a scan with your PC's malware.
  13. sodor

    sodor Member

    I've had my Pantech Element for about a week now, and I love it! What I like: it's very fast, doesn't lag, can be used as an ereader that is easy on the eyes, and the 8 in size is big enough to work well, but small enough to fit in my purse. It also has space for a micro sd card to expand the storage, a hdmi connection, and a micro usb port. All things that the ipad2 does not have.

    What I don't like: The att boot-up screen takes forever, all of the att apps that I will never use and can't delete, and there is no cover case that I care for. I got the one by Body Glove, but it seems like it adds some weight. I may end up making my own. I thought the battery life would be better, but I have done a lot of Angry Birds, and I think that is the culprit. The touch screen takes some getting used to.

    Android has not been very difficult to learn, and I am still perplexed about how some things work, especially with navigation. Mostly, I'm pretty happy. I really have nothing to compare it with though, except my 5 year old macbook. Technology has certainly advanced since then.
  14. AndyOpie150

    AndyOpie150 <strong> <a href="http://androidforums.com/optimus Contributor

    Thanks for the info sodor. Hope you will keep sharing your impressions on the Element so others interested in a purchase have even more info to go by.
    Thanks again.
  15. sodor

    sodor Member

    Just an update...my (first) Pantech element died on day 13. Fortunately, Att has a 14 day return plan. The second one just died today, on day 10. What are the chances? I'm not sure if it is just bad luck or if the Pantech is a lemon, but I don't think I will get another one, even if they want to replace it. the only other one they have is the Samsung Galaxy 8.9, and it is way more expensive.
  16. AndyOpie150

    AndyOpie150 <strong> <a href="http://androidforums.com/optimus Contributor

    So what is causing it to Die?
  17. sodor

    sodor Member

    They don't know. They said that they have had no similar problems. Because two of them died, I wonder if I did something to cause it. No kids or pets in the house, I didn't drop it, did nothing but use it a lot.

    Does anyone have any guesses? I did use a power strip to plug them in, but they charged fine. Except when they died.
  18. AndyOpie150

    AndyOpie150 <strong> <a href="http://androidforums.com/optimus Contributor

    It could be a battery problem, it could be a charging/USB cable issue or the outlet plug the cable attaches to(which is why two have died). It could be a charging port problem on two devices in a row?
  19. sodor

    sodor Member

    It seemed that they were getting harder and harder to turn on. I had to press the start button on the first one longer each time to get it to start. The day it died I could not get it to turn on, and took it back to att. When I got there, it was on the boot-up att screen, and wouldn't even turn off. It got very hot.

    The second one just didn't turn on one day. Took it back to att and they couldn't get it to start up either. I have two other laptops and use two different plugs for charging, one in the bedroom and one in the living room. I have never had a problem with either of them.

    As I am describing this, it sounds like it was a bad connection with the start button on both. They both seemed to charge normally and at the same rate.
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