Tablets appear to be a dime a dozen now a days so a tablet has to be pretty unique in order to stand out in this market. Pantech announced earlier today their 8-inch tablet dubbed the Pantech Element, and you may be wondering what makes this one unique. Featuring an 8-inch touchscreen, and running a lightly skinned Honeycomb the device sure sounds like an ordinary device. However, unlike many other tablets, this device is waterproof, meaning if you want to use it in the rain, or by the pool you don't have to fear the device getting wet and rendering it useless.
At an 8-inch size the device fits nicely in the hand, though a bit awkward at how tall it is compared to wide, but nothing that would sway a purchase decision. The device moves throughout the OS rather fluidly, and I noticed very little lag. Pantech says they will be updating the device to run Ice Cream Sandwich, but unfortunately no timeframe for that update. Releasing on Jan 22 ($299 on contract, but if you buy it with the Pantech Burst it's $249 for both!) and running on the AT&T 4G LTE network you will definitely want to stay tuned for our video hands on. Hit the break for more images.