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Pantech Element Video Review – A Tablet Impervious To Water

by Jon Rettinger | February 3, 2012February 3, 2012 2:30 pm PST

Pantech hit us with its Burst smartphone late last month, and now its Element counterpart has popped onto the AT&T scene. If you’ve ever wanted a tablet that could withstand accidental water exposure, look no further. We got a glimpse of what the device¬†had in store for us even before the thing was unveiled at CES, and now that its H2O imperviousness is here, how does it actually perform as a tablet? Is its water-proof design just a marketing ploy to earn your hard earned dollars?

It’s small, solid, and man is it glossy. Both its left and right sides are squared off, giving the Element a bit of a rugged feel. If you’ve ever needed to take your tablet to the great outdoors, this is certainly a prime candidate. As far as the screen, well, we weren’t impressed. Like, at all. While the resolution was more than capable, colors were extremely washed out, giving the entire experience a bland look. That aside, the Element performed admirably, with Android 3.2 running the show.

With an 8-inch screen, the Pantech Element is a decent offering for content consumption, although, as we said above, the screen leaves a lot to be desired. Internally, the device comes equipped with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, Android 3.2, 16GB of storage (microSD expandable), 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD recording (2 megapixel rear), and 4G LTE. As for price, the Element will set you back $299.99 on two-year contract ($449.99 without) and is currently available on AT&T.

The device’s claim to fame is its waterproof materials, and you can bet we put that to the test. Did it survive being completely submerged in the TechnoBuffalo offices? Check out the video to find out, and let us know if you plan on picking the Element up.

Pantech Element specs:

  • 8-inch TFT display (1024×768)
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • Android 3.2
  • 16GB of internal storage (microSD expandable)
  • 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording (2 megapixel front)
  • AT&T,¬†4G LTE
  • $299 with a two-year contract ($449.99 without)
  • 6400 mAh, 12 hours of use, 25 days of stand-by
  • Waterproof design
  • 8.36×6.12×0.42″

Jon Rettinger

Jon, perhaps best known by his YouTube alter ego Jon4Lakers, has a love for technology that can never be quenched, no matter how hard he tries. If...