Pantech Element 8.0

Pantech Element 8.0
Brand: Pantech
Category: Android Tablet
  • Display: 8.0 inches
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon S3
  • RAM: 1GB
  • OS: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Battery: 6400 mAh
  • Released Date: 22-01-2012



Device Type Android Tablet
Model Pantech Element 8.0
Released January, 2012
Status Discontinued


Dimensions 212.3 x 155.4 x 10.7 mm
Weight 469.8 g
Protection IP57 dust/water resistant
Colors Black


Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor) TFT
Size 8.0 inches
Resolution 768 x 1024 pixels
Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality. 160 PPI
Features Capacitive, Multi-touch, Ambient light sensor


Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device. Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. Micro-SIM


Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming. Qualcomm Snapdragon S3
CPU Dual-core 1.5 GHz Scorpion
GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion. Adreno 220
RAM RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. 1GB
Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored. 16GB
Memory Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras. Yes
Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device. Accelerometer, gyro, compass
3.5mm jack Yes
Loudspeaker Yes


Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions. 6400 mAh
Battery Life 12 hours
Charging USB Charging Charger


Rear Camera Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality. 5 MP
Front Camera 2 MP
Video 720p
Camera Features Video calling
Flash Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration) LED flash


Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices. 3.0, A2DP, EDR
Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world. Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, hotspot
USB microUSB 2.0
GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky. Yes, with A-GPS
NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
Wireless Charging Wireless Charging (Inductive Charging) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device. No


User Reviews 1 User Reviews The tablet has an average design, not the thinnest but comfortable to hold. The glossy back attracts fingerprints easily. It features a 8-inch TFT display with 1024 x 768 resolution, a 4:3 aspect ratio, and some jagged text.
Though not the loudest, stands out as it's front-facing, delivering sound directly. The tablet has a 2MP front camera and 5MP rear camera, performing similarly to other tablets. The front camera's location makes it challenging for framing. Running Android 3.2 Honeycomb, the tablet experiences occasional bugginess and sluggishness, particularly in the browser.
David - The Verge
User Reviews 2 The tablet boasts an 8-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1024 x 768, and it's powered by a Qualcomm-built 1.5 GHz processor.
Design-wise, it's lightweight at 16.57 ounces, with a black plastic back reminiscent of the HTC TouchPad. The integrated speaker is highlighted for its loudness. The tablet features a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing camera.
Despite positive aspects, the display disappoints, described as one of the worst tested. Colors lack vibrancy, and the blacks are not deep.
- Jon Rettinger
User Reviews 3 The Pantech Element is recommended for those seeking a durable, waterproof tablet, especially for outdoor use. We suggests considering personal preferences and needs, mentioning the tablet's strength and protection as significant advantages.
The screen quality is discussed, acknowledging its waterproof nature but highlighting it may not compete with higher-resolution screens. Despite this, the presenter notes the effectiveness of the display and its suitability for those seeking durability over extreme detail.
- Spirit Customs
Tabletmonkeys Reviews Tabletmonkeys Reviews Pros:
- Powerful 1.2GHz dual-core processor
- 10-hour battery life with user-replaceable battery
- Daylight-viewable 10-inch display with only 4% reflection
- Front and rear cameras
- Connectivity options like Micro HDMI, USB, SD card slot

- Runs older Android 4.0 (as of 2012)
- Weighs 2.1 lbs which is quite heavy for a tablet
- Only has Bluetooth 2.1

Our Rating

The overall rating is based on review by our dedicated team and users.

  • Performance 7 / 10
  • Display 6 / 10
  • Battery 8 / 10
  • Design 6 / 10

The Pantech Element, once a contender in the tablet market, made its debut in January 2012, showcasing a unique selling point—waterproof capability.

Fast forward to today, the tablet has been discontinued, but its legacy leaves us with insights into both its strengths and shortcomings.

Design and Build: Comfortable yet Unremarkable

The tablet measures 212.3 x 155.4 x 10.7 mm and weighs 469.8 g. While it doesn't boast the thinnest profile, its design is comfortable to hold.

The glossy black back, reminiscent of the HTC TouchPad, offers a comfortable grip but tends to attract fingerprints easily.

Display: A Mixed Bag

Featuring an 8-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels and a 4:3 aspect ratio, the Pantech Element provides a decent visual experience.

However, the display falls short of perfection with some jagged text and a pixel density of 160 ppi. Colors lack vibrancy, and the blacks aren't as deep as desired. The waterproof feature might be the culprit affecting the overall screen quality.

Audio and Camera: Decent Performance The front-facing speakers, while not the loudest, deliver sound directly, making them stand out. The 2MP front camera and 5MP rear camera offer performance similar to other tablets.

However, the front camera's awkward placement makes framing a challenging task.

Performance: A Zippy Experience

Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and Adreno 220 GPU, the tablet ensures commendable performance.

Despite occasional bugginess and sluggishness in the browser while running Android 3.2 Honeycomb, the processor provides a zippy experience for most tasks.

Waterproof Feature: A Blessing and a Curse

One of the standout features is the tablet's waterproof capability (IP57). While it survives submerged and continues functioning, the practicality is limited.

When wet, the device becomes unusable, and water droplets may accidentally activate buttons.

Connectivity and Battery Life: Reliable Yet Noteworthy

Running on AT&T's LTE network, the Pantech Element ensures reliable connectivity. The tablet includes a piezo actuator for haptic feedback, enhancing the interactive experience but occasionally coming off as jarring.

The tablet's 6,400 mAh battery promises up to 12 hours of talk time or 600 hours of standby, living up to expectations.

Verdict: A Niche Appeal

The Pantech Element struggles to offer significant advantages over competitors. Particularly considering AT&T's costly data plans, it may not be the top choice for the average user.

However, for outdoor enthusiasts seeking a durable, waterproof tablet with LTE connectivity, the Pantech Element might still hold niche appeal.

In conclusion, the Pantech Element, while showcasing innovation with its waterproof design, falls short in certain aspects. Its legacy lives on as a reminder of the balance between unique features and overall user experience in the ever-evolving tablet market.

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