The Burst is equipped with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display that boasts a WVGA resolution of 800 x 480. This may sound incredibly underwhelming by today’s standards — assuming you’re comparing this to $300 phones — but the pixel density of the device is 233ppi, which is perfectly reasonable. Let’s put it another way: this is the same panel featured on the Samsung Nexus S, but without the curved glass. As a warning to those offended by the very existence of PenTile, the Burst is all ’bout the RGBG layout, with some obvious pixelation should you stare at the screen hard enough.
So a 800×480 pixel format on a 4-inch display is not underwhelming? The resolution is stated as 233 ppi, but that’s based on a calculation method assuming a 3×1 sub-pixel structure. For PenTile Matrix it’s a little different. In Galaxy Nexus: 316-Hole Mask ≠ 316 PPI I present my argument that the 4.65-inch 1280×720 HD Super AMOLED-equipped Galaxy Nexus does not have a 316-ppi resolution, but limited to a range between 158 and 207 ppi, depending on how many PenTile Matrix sub-pixels are used to render a single pixel. That’s quite a bit less than the lofty and inaccurate 316 ppi figure. Applying the same calculations to the Pantech Burst, the 4-inch 800×480 PenTile Matrix Super AMOLED display has a resolution range of 117 to 156 ppi. I’d call that underwhelming. And all it takes is a glance to see pixelations.