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Pantech Element Waterproof Tablet 16GB 4G LTE (AT&T) Refurbished - $149.99 - eBay Daily Deal

niftydl 1,154 April 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM in Deal of the Day (3) More eBay Deals
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Last Edited by widgit April 4, 2013 at 03:17 PM
For those interested in a smaller, rugged tablet with 3G/LTE capability, I think this is a great price with free shipping. I have purchased the same item from the seller when it was closer to $200 after coupon and it came in like-new condition. Tablet radio can be unlocked with a code to use with other carriers. MicroSD + microHDMI included as well for extra storage.
  • IP57 certified - dust and water resistible
    DISPLAY: 1024 x 768 pixels, 8.0 inches
    MEMORY: microSD, up to 32 GB, Internal: 16 GB, 1 GB RAM
    WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot
    Bluetooth: Yes, v3.0 with A2DP, EDR
    USB: Yes, microUSB v2.0
    CAMERA: Primary 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
    Video Yes, 720p
    Secondary Yes, 2 MP
    Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
    Chipset: Qualcomm APQ8060 Snapdragon
    CPU: Dual-core 1.5 GHz Scorpion
    GPU: Adreno 220
    Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, compass
    Non-removable Li-Ion 6400 mAh battery

    2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
    3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
    4G Network: LTE 700 MHz Class 17
    SIM Micro-SIM

According to the FCC documentation the tablet has 1700 MHz LTE support (AWS), so it can potentially work for T-Mobile LTE once sim unlocked:


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I have bought two unlock codes on ebay from the same seller, both worked. I applied the unlock codes before I did the ICS update. The ICS might block unlocking (not so sure), but you'd better unlock before ICS.
The cellular radio unlock is always permanent and should not be affected by the OS version running on the device. I have unlocked with Ice Cream Sandwitch (4.0.x) without any problems.
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For those who have this tablet, how is it for watching movies/shows. I'm considering getting this for my husband who knows nothing about computers, but wants to watch the local news in the morning. it is between a kindle fire or this one. I like the idea of being able to skype with this one, (camera) as an option.
Provided whatever station has a dedicated Android app for streaming the video - it should work fine. Video playback inside the web-browser will depend on the particular website, I can test it on my tablet if you want to provide me with the specific address. The tablet is more robust than the original Kindle Fire in the sense that it gives you access to the full Android system, including support for Widgets and no restriction on the Android marketplace for apps, so you can install all compatible application directly from Google Play.
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I got the tablet today and I see lot of scratches on the back. How is the condition of the tablet for you guys ?
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I got mine today and it does not even start. I have had it on the charger for almost an hour and nothing
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I have had this tablet for 7 months now. Battery is holding up well and I use it for everything.
If I have one complaint, it's that the partition sizes are set way too low. So despite having 16GB of memory built in, I am constantly running into space issues (new app installs or updates) despite moving all movable programs to the internal SD.
The waterprooof part seems to hold up. I use it when I take long baths and I've dropped it in quite a few times.
I have not used this with a data plan as I use my phone as an accesss point.
Another positive over the Nexus 7 is that this has a rear camera and not just a front one.
If you are running into app compatibility issues (i.e. you can't find a certain game in the app store), you can try using Market Helper or change your build.prop (do this ONLY if you know what you are doing).
Mine took forever to charge. Also this device takes a while to turn on (you must hold down the Power button for 10-15 seconds sometimes). I paid $180 for mine and would buy again at $149.
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Sorry to hear that yours is not working . I got mine today . I charged it for 5 minutes and turned it on . It is working fine . Solid built . Look like new . Money well spent .

I downloaded an ip camera app from the market and installed it . Everything seems to be fine .

Here is how it looks

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I got the tablet today and I see lot of scratches on the back. How is the condition of the tablet for you guys ?
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Side by side comparison with other tablets
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Just got mine today. Didn't have to charge it and worked out of the box. Been using it for several hours. Look great. No scratches on screen but a few scruff marks on the back. So far so good. Will load some videos tonight to see how it plays and picture quality and stuff.
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the waterproof quality really got my attention on this tablet, I have to say it is a great bargain. I have heard great feedback from this tablet, I should be getting one of this soon.
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Side by side comparison with other tablets
You missing an HP Touchpad
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Yes, I was not on SD for a month during that period . I really regret that..... NOT Smilie

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You missing an HP Touchpad
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got mine working finally. After several attempts resetting the unit and holding the power button, I changed USB cords first and saw no red light.The charger was really hot and had a burnt smell to it so figured let me just try my nook ac adapter. Put the USB cord in and red light appears. Let it charge for 30min and turned it on. Good to go.

I did find it quite amusing that they did a factory reset but decided to leave images and music. There were about 20-30 images in the gallery. You could see it was in an AT&T store

So looks like the refurbished units could be demo units from stores. Luckily mine didn't have many scratches on it overall. There is a slight scratch on the front screen that I will see whether it will bother me in the long run or I can live with it
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I received mine this morning, and in 5 minutes I decided to send it back. This tablet looks like it was dropped on the staircase from 3 floors as it got cracks on all four corners. I have bought many refurbished products but never it was so bad. And the worst part is that I will end up paying for return shipping.

My suggestion, don't buy seller refurbished (factor/manufacturer refurbished are okay).
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The first thing I'm gonna do is turn off cell standby.
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i had a pantech phone, i unlocked it fine. Then when i did their android update it cleared out the lock and the same code wouldnt' work. I was screwed except amazon has a good return policy.
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