Pantech Discover Review
Quietly whittling away in the background, Korean based smartphone manufacturer Pantech has been making some strides in the high-end department of late. Not too long ago, we were rather impressed in the direction that they were steering in with the Pantech Flex HD over the holidays, but this time around, they’re taking the correct measures in moving towards even greater glory. Looking at the specs sheet of the Pantech Discover, it seems like Pantech has a formidable warrior that’s ready to compete against some of the titans in the industry, but even better, it has an enticing price point of only $49.99 on-contract.
The package contains:
- microUSB cable
- Wall Charger
- Quick Start Guide
- Product Safety and Warranty Guide
Well, another round of adulation is in store for Pantech, mainly because they’ve done a bang up job with the design of the Discover. Sporting one curvaceous body that’s sloping in, out, and all around in the rear, it really does wonders to enchant us over some of the expected industrial designs we’re constantly bombarded with from the top-tiered companies. Sure, it’s still an all-plastic body, but the textured rubbery back casing is appreciated in providing us a good grip in the hand – and a clean finish too! Meanwhile, its slim profile is still something worth mentioning as well, though, its size might still seem to be a bit unwieldy for those with smaller hands. Impressively, the Pantech Discover is one sharp looking dresser that’s ready to dance well into the night with its suave looks.
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Yup, there are no separate capacitive Android buttons with this beauty, but rather, they’re integrated with the UI since it’s an Ice Cream Sandwich device. However, hanging above the display, we find its earpiece, light & proximity sensors, and 2-megapixel front-facing camera, which has a maximum video capture resolution of WVGA (800 x 480).
microUSB port (bottom)
Volume rocker and speaker (left)
3.5mm jack and power key (top)
The sides of the Pantech Discover
Carrying along one of the largest sized displays we’ve seen on a Pantech smartphone, the Discover really goes big with its 4.8” 720p (720 x 1280) LCD display, which results in an admirable pixel density of 306 ppi. Naturally, we’re pleasantly surprised by the crisp details it’s able to deliver, but despite that, its colors are a bit subdued, which doesn’t help either when its viewing angles and brightness output are weak. In translation, it doesn’t particularly handle well outdoors with the sun present – so don’t be too surprised with the occasional shielding. Still, it’s nice to see they’ve scaled up with this device.
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|Display||4.8 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (306 ppi) TFT|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
|Size||5.28 x 2.70 x 0.36 inches|
(134.2 x 68.6 x 9.1 mm)
4.76 oz (135 g)
|Battery||2100 mAh, 10 hours talk time|