Pantech Discover review: Feature-packed Affordable Android

posted at 24 March 2013 by Josh

The Pantech Discover is running the customized Android UI on top of Android 4.0.4 ICS, but this time, it comes with a few nice additions such as the multi-tasking implementation, the simplified streamlined version of the interface, or its own personal digital assistant service with the “Smart Voice” app.

You get the usual organizer apps, plus the Notepad app which features a mini option for multi-tasking. The very generous display makes the on-screen keyboard look pretty spacious, while the email and Gmail apps are standard, offering nothing out of the ordinary when compared to other Android smartphones.

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The Pantech Discover is powered by a modern dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor backed up by 1GB of RAM. Although this chipset was running very well with other devices, it now appears not to cope with the pressure of intensive tasks (basic tasks are handled efficiently though). However, since its benchmark scores are pretty good, we believe the custom UI is to blame for the sluggish performance.

The Discover comes with a modest 12.24GB of free internal storage, but it can be expanded using microSD card.

Although bigger, the 12.6-megapixels camera sensor of the Discover doesn’t perform any better the 8-megapixels ones on some of the top-tiered smartphones on the market. The images look decent, but they seem to lack in details, while also exhibiting some muddiness, over-sharpening and over-exposure. In low lighting conditions photos come out with softer details, while the LED flash on board doesn’t seem to be able to improve the situation.

The 1080p videos are nothing to be proud of, either, as details are indistinct, although the camera does capture video smoothly at 30 frames per second, while audio recording is pretty clear.

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There is nothing special about the music player on board, besides the mini player layered on top, while the 2 speakers we mentioned earlier are not spectacular at all, and make the listening experience average at best. Video payback is a very pleasant experience on the phone’s large display, despite its rather washed out color tones. The video player can handle a variety of video codecs effortlessly.