Our US source associate has burned up email and IM waves with news about the Pantech Element, the first waterproof-rate tablet around. We decided to give our ISPs a break and agreed to review the mobile tablet, based on the US excitement and the formality of the tablet’s rating that’s given right in the name.
Yes, the Pantech Element, sold by AT&T, is actually waterproof: It can withstand complete immersion in about one metre of water for 30 minutes and still keep plugging away.
That does deserve some attention!
Well, it’s hard to follow that waterproof announcement, but the Pantech element still has a lot to offer tablet users. The display could use some attention in the improvements area, but to own a waterproof tablet, the display is a fair compromise for now.
Quite fast with the 1 GHz Snapdragon, dual-core processor, it seems capable of the use-everyday wear and tear that can quickly fade on some tablets.
Just launched, it’s hard to say how the Element will stack against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, for instance, but the two-inch difference in screen size may not make that much of a difference for the additional mobility and reduced humidity and rain aspect the waterproof status brings.
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Dimensions: 212 x 155 x 11 mm / 470 g
Display: 8.0 inches / TFT capacitive touchscreen / 1024 x 768 pixels at 160 ppi
Operating System: Android 3.2 Honeycomb
Speed: 1 GHz, dual core Snapdragon
Memory: 1024 MB RAM / 16 GB on board, expandable another 16 GB via microSD or microSDHC card.
Battery: 6400 mAh / 25 days on standby (600 hours)
Camera: Rear: 5 MP / autofocus / LED Flash / Video: 720p HD. / Front: 2 MP.
Connectivity: GMS: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz / UMTS: 850, 1900, 2100 MHz / LTE: 700 MHz Class 17, 1700/2100 MHz / Data: HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, LTE / Wifi 802.11 b/g/n.
Features: Unlimited phonebook entries. Google package, Google Talk IM. IMAP, POP3, STMP, Microsoft Exchange mail. MP3, AAC, AAC+ audio player; MPEG4, H.263, H.264 video player. Both audio and video streaming-capable.
Additional comments: Below average standby time, 36 days or 856 hours. Use times unknown. Brilliant RAM availability. The expanded total memory figures are the best on the market, but they’re not bad at all.
Overall opinion: We can see why our US friend was excited. The Pantech Element is definitely one to watch for.