Pantech is an electronics device making company that is not much heard of even though they do make products that are sturdy and stable. Their latest development is the Pantech Element and just as the name might suggest, the tablet is indeed capable of standing up to the elements (water — to be more specific), at least up to some extent. The tablet would be formally inducted into AT&T’s LTE tablet lineup from January 8 and has been priced $299 for a two year contract. If you don’t like being tied up to AT&T for that long, you can have the tablet outright for $499.99.
Specification wise, the Pantech Element packs in a 1.5 GHz dual core CPU at its core, 16 GB of internal storage, along with rear 5 megapixel and front 2 megapixel webcam, among others. Also, the Pantech Element runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb with an 8 inch sized display upfront.
However, while all of that is common stuff by now, Pantech has tried to stand out of the crowd by ensuring its tablet is actually waterproof, claiming its been accorded a waterproof rating of IP57. Technically, that should allow you to take the tablet to a maximum depth of 1 meters and still expect it to behave normally provided all ports are closed. Beyond that and abnormality might begin setting in though AT&T insiders claim its not as waterproof as it is being made out.
However, waterproof or no waterproof, the Pantech Element is still the cheapest 4G LTE offering from AT&T, with the others being Galaxy Tab 8.9 and the HTC Jetstream. Both are from more illustrous companies with equally illustrous price tags.
Also, twenty twelve might well be the year of 4G and we sure will come across a lot of 4G tablets this year. Keep watching!
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email