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
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.