The Pantech Discover on AT&T is a good Android phone for those looking for simplicity, speed, and a good bargain. Running Android 4.04, Ice Cream Sandwich, the Discover is available for $49.99 with a two-year contract from AT&T.
A user can choose either the standard Android experience or use the easy mode. At the lower price, this phone may be a good starter device for those wishing to enter the smartphone market. For experienced, Android users, the Discover is a nice replacement for older devices. Tech enthusiasts might believe the phone is lacking an upgrade to Jelly Bean and the features that come with it. A software upgrade is expected.
The Pantech Discover is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and offers a high-capacity 2100 mAh battery. After using the phone for over a week, the speed and battery-life sufficed well in day-to-day use. After deactivating NFC and Bluetooth the phone lasted for over a day while browsing, checking email, listening to Pandora, and reading articles on Pulse.
With a large 4.8” HD TFT LCD screen, the Pantech Discover offers a nice experience for average users. With a 1280 x 720 resolution, the colors are fairly sharp and provide an ample amount of detail while watching movies stored on the phone, an expandable microSD car, or through the Netflix app available on the GooglePlay store.
The Pantech Discover has little in the way of buttons as the navigation icons are part of the software and are only available after touching the power button at the top of the device. The volume rocker is on the left side of the device. It is located just under the larger speakers that are molded around the back. The speakers are a nice addition to an affordable phone. They provide substantial volume for a smaller device.
The rear camera is 12 MP while the front camera is VGA quality at 2 MP. While the Discover takes good pictures in a variety of settings, the video quality is about average. With plenty of settings, the Discover offers ways to adjust the quality of the pictures being taken. With only 16GB of internal storage, using the microSD slot will be helpful.
The Pantech Discover is a good all-around device for new smartphone users. It is worth the current cost of $49.99 with a two-year contract. With a hopeful upgrade to Jelly Bean in its future, this is a nice addition for those who held onto their devices for a little too long. Stop by your local AT&T store or visit them online. It’s always good to experience the device before you purchase it.