Conclusion: In many ways, the Pantech Discover is more impressive than some phones we can name at twice the price. It can’t compete directly with the big flagship devices, but within the realm of budget phones it’s well worth the asking price. For just $50 on contract at AT&T, you get a large screen, good performance, long battery life, comfortable design, and a decent camera. The cool speakers are just icing.
Pros: Comfortable, compact, attractive design, Long battery life, Large and beautiful display, Impressive audio, Speedy performance
Cons: Skin feels overstuffed and overcomplex at times, Camera app is light on features
Conclusion: The Pantech Discover is stylish and affordable without compromising on functionality. If the handset had launched six months ago, it would have been one of best value offerings in the Android smartphone game. Unfortunately, it missed its chance and now it's merely a decent proposition in its price range.
Pros: Quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G support, Class 17 LTE connectivity, 4.8" 16M-color LCD capacitive touchscreen of HD (720 x 1280 pixels) resolution, Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with custom UI including easy mode for first-time smartphone users, 1.5 GHz dual-core Krait CPU, Adreno 225 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chipset, 1GB of RAM, 12.6 MP autofocus camera with LED flash; 2MP front-facing unit, 1080p video recording at 30fps, Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n, GPS...
Cons: No dedicated camera button, No Android Jelly Bean out of the box, Slow still camera performance
Excerpt: Pantech isn't known for their high end phones, but that's changing with elegantly designed, well equipped Android smartphones like the Pantech Discover. The phone has a 4.8" display running at 1280 x 720 and a sleek design that doesn't look the least bit cheap though the phone is only $49 on contract with AT&T. Like most higher end US smartphones, the Discover has a 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 CPU with a gig of RAM and 16 gigs of internal storage.
Pros: Attractive phone with great specs at a very low price.
Cons: Not running the very latest version of Android and no promise of a future OS version updates.
Conclusion: Are you strapped for cash and still yearn for some kind of sweet smartphone, but don’t want to settle on a typical entry-level device? Well, you’re in luck because the Pantech Discover is going to be the right fit for you – albeit, it’s still without its own set of flaws. Overall, it doesn’t outperform the class leading contenders in the space, but rather, the Discover has that nice balance between price point and feature set.
Pros: Pretty sweet design, Fantastic price point, Some new software enhancements
Cons: Display is a bit washed out, Sluggish performance, Extremely underwhelming performance with its camera
Conclusion: As you may recall, we first got a look at the Pantech Discover at CES a little while back. While it wasn’t quite the showstopper that some of the other devices we saw on the show floor were, it was instantly clear that the Discover isn’t the result of a company shoveling out a midrange phone with little thought to design or usability. The flowing design of the Pantech Discover is eye-catching.
Summary: The Pantech Discover really grabs your attention -- and not just because of its low $49 price. It's curvy design, bright HD display and punchy stereo speakers make it a truly unique offering. The only real drawbacks are this handset's below-average battery life and older Ice Cream Sandwich software.