Pantech Element gets root and custom recovery

April 13, 2012

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What's the use of having a waterproof tablet if you can't get a little dirty... figuratively speaking, anyway. That seems to be the inspiration behind RootzWiki members attn1 and roman220, who gave the gift of root to AT&T's Pantech Element tablet just today and immediately installed ClockworkMod recovery to, as it were, boot. The process is fairly simple as root goes: connect the tablet to your computer with ADB enabled, get into the fastboot interface, send over a custom image, then download a SuperUser app and you're done. Check out the original thread for more precise instructions.

The Element is an Honeycomb tablet for AT&T that's gained a surprisingly decent following, considering that Pantech still hasn't made much of a splash (no pun intended) here in the States. The tablet's claim to fame is its IP57 waterproof rating combined with a 4G LTE connection. The only other tablets that can use AT&T's growing LTE network are the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and the iPad 3, both of which are far above the Element's $299.99 starting price.

From a hardware perspective it's decent without being extraordinary. The 1.5Ghz dual-core processor and 16GB of internal storage are good, as is the 5-megapixel 1080p camera. The chunky case with a 10-inch 1024x768 4:3 screen, not so good. It also has more add-on software than is strictly necessary - but then, that's why the people want root! Given the smaller pool of users, the Element might not get an Ice ream Sandwich ROM any time soon, but you can have a whole lot more fun with Honeycomb.

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[via Android Police]

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    “The chunky case with a 10-inch 1024×768 4:3 screen, not so good.”  Did you even bother to look at one of these before you reviewed it???  This has a 7″ screen and is not “clunky”.  I have had tghuis unit for 3 months and am absolutely thrilled with it.  An excellent tablet for the proce point.

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      *8″ i have one