Pantech Discover review: Feature-packed Affordable Android

posted at 24 March 2013 by Josh


The Pantech Discover seems to be the Korean based smartphone manufacturer’s latest attempt to produce a high-end device after managing to impress us with the Pantech Flex HD during the holiday season. Just by looking at it specs we can see a smartphone that’s ready to compete against some of the big names in the industry, while coming with the very affordable price point of only $50 on-contract.

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What is in the box:
- The Pantech Discover smartphone
- microUSB cable
- Wall Charger
- Quick Start Guide
- Product Safety and Warranty Guide

Pantech has definitely done a good job with the design of the Discover, as the device sports a nice curved body and slim profile, while somehow keeping away from the usual industrial designs that major companies approach. Although it is an all-plastic body, the textured rubbery back casing is provides not only a good grip in the hand but also a nice finish.

The Discover comes with a nice-looking 4.8-inch 720p (720 x 1280) LCD display with an good pixel density of 306 ppi, which manages to deliver pretty crisp details, but, unfortunately, viewing angles and brightness output are rather weak.

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There are no separate capacitive Android buttons with the Discover, as they only come integrated with the UI. Above the display you will find its earpiece, light and proximity sensors, as well as a 2-megapixel front-facing camera with a maximum video capture resolution of WVGA (800 x 480).

On the top edge you will find the dedicated power button which offers decent response when pressed, and the 3.5mm headset jack, while on the right edge resides the volume control. The device features two speakers on the top left and right corners, while the standard mic and microUSB port for charging/data connectivity are on the bottom edge.

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The 12.6-megapixels autofocus camera with LED flash and the ability to capture video in 1080p is on the phone’s back, and, by removing the rear plastic cover, you can gain access to the 2,100 mAh battery, microSIM and microSD slot. During our test the battery lasted about 47 hours, meaning you'll have to recharge the handset every two days.