Best Android Smartphones of 2012 - Pantech Burst 4G LTE Review


We're rolling right along with my series on the Best Android Smartphones for 2012 as I hit the rewind button and share a post that I did on the Pantech Burst 4G LTE smartphone offered through AT&T Wireless.

As I have mentioned before, this little smartphone is one of my all-time favorites of all the Android phones that I have tested for AT&T. I was truly not expecting to enjoy this handset as much as I did.

It not only passed my test, it smashed it to smitherines! If you want a smaller smartphone that will fit snugly in your pocket, and one that you can operate one-handed, then the Burst is one to consider.

Check out my review, and then watch the YouTube hands-on video posted at the bottom of this article. Click the pic to the right to jump to Amazon Wireless and get a great deal on this little gem!

Pantech Burst 4G LTE (AT&T) Review

I can tell you right now that the Pantech Burst has already impressed me, right out of the box. It's a 4G LTE smartphone with a 4" Super AMOLED display that packs 800x480 pixels.

I turned it on and was impressed with the bright and vivid display. The capacitive screen was very responsive to my touch, and I had no problems navigating around the interface. Something else that I noticed right off the bat was that the phone feels "solid" in my hands.

Other tech blogs have reported this phone to be "plasticy", but I completely disagree. It feels as heavy as my Samsung Galaxy S2, which is a bigger phone, but seems to be more dense.

When gripping the Pantech Burst 4G, I feel like I have a quality smartphone in my hands. The phone comes with a standard USB charger and AC adapter, but you don't get any headphones. That's not a biggie for me, especially since most headsets that come with phones are not of the best quality. Additionally, my Galaxy S2 did not come with headphones.

The Pantech runs on the latest operating system which is Android 2.3.5 "Gingerbread". Navigation is a snap, and I do like the custom overlay that is included on the phone. You get 7 home screens to jam pack with all of your shortcuts and widgets, and the nice pull-down menu that allows you access to the most used switches (like WiFi, Bluetooth, etc.).

The phone seems to load apps lightening fast. This is probably due to the dual core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Scorpion CPU. I did a little bit of research and found that the Pantech Burst actually beat out the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Droid RAZR on benchmark testing. That's pretty impressive for a low-cost entry level smartphone.

The Pantech Burst comes with a 5 megapixel rear camera, and it also features a front-facing camera for video chatting. The rear camera is an entry level camera that gets the job done for a phone, but I wouldn't say that it would replace the need of a high quality digital camera. But again, for the price, I would have no complaints with this dual-camera smartphone.

The Pantech Burst is being offered by AT&T for $59.99, but you can find it on sale at for a penny with a new 2-year contract. For existing contracts, the Amazon price is $59.99. Click the link to check out your eligibility on Amazon, and your purchase will help support the CZ Blog!

Check out the video below for my full hands-on report on the Pantech Burst 4G LTE smartphone and post your thoughts in the comments section! Thanks for watching!

Carlton Flowers
Supreme Android Phone Tester