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Pantech Discover Review

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Pantech Discover Review
Introduction:

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.

Pantech Discover Review
Pantech Discover Review
The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Product Safety and Warranty Guide

Design:

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.

The Pantech Discover sports one curvaceous body with a textured rubbery back casing - Pantech Discover Review
The Pantech Discover sports one curvaceous body with a textured rubbery back casing - Pantech Discover Review
The Pantech Discover sports one curvaceous body with a textured rubbery back casing - Pantech Discover Review

The Pantech Discover sports one curvaceous body with a textured rubbery back casing


Pantech Discover Review

You can compare the Pantech Discover with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

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).

Pantech Discover Review
On-screen Android buttons - Pantech Discover Review
Front camera - Pantech Discover Review
 

On-screen Android buttons

Front camera


A bit offset from the middle, the Discover’s dedicated power button along the top edge feels a bit indistinct to the touch, but luckily it exhibits a decent response when pressed. Nearby, we also spot its 3.5mm headset jack – while on the right edge rests its volume control. Interestingly, this handset features two speakers that are positioned on the top left and right corners, which also gives it an intimidating look. Meanwhile, the standard mic and microUSB port for charging/data connectivity are all found on the bottom edge.

microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Pantech Discover - Pantech Discover Review
Volume rocker and speaker (left) - The sides of the Pantech Discover - Pantech Discover Review
3.5mm jack and power key (top) - The sides of the Pantech Discover - Pantech Discover Review
Speaker (right) - The sides of the Pantech Discover - Pantech Discover Review

microUSB port (bottom)

Volume rocker and speaker (left)

3.5mm jack and power key (top)

Speaker (right)

The sides of the Pantech Discover


No doubt an odd count figure, the Pantech Discover is packing a higher-than-normal 12.6-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, which has the ability to capture video in 1080p. With the aid of the notch along the top trim, we’re able to remove its rear plastic cover to gain access to its 2,100 mAh battery, nanoSIM slot, and microSD slot. With the latter, it’s just a bit of an inconvenience removing the battery first to access the microSD slot.

Back - Pantech Discover Review
Rear camera - Pantech Discover Review
Battery compartment - Pantech Discover Review

Back

Rear camera

Battery compartment



Display:

Pantech Discover Review
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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posted on 29 Jan 2013, 08:26

1. Captain_Doug (Posts: 748; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Seems like a prime candidate for CM10.1. Has great hardware and even outperforms the S3 which has the same processor. Newer software may also help the camera a bit.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 09:20 3

2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2997; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


You really like Linkin Park don't you John? :D

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 10:44 4

3. John.V (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Love them!

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 13:55 3

4. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5555; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


who doesn't? one of the greats of this generation. ;)

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 04:10 1

5. D.Aceveda (Posts: 359; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


This guy is so much better than Michael H.

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 06:02

6. larajems (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


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Display4.8 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (306 ppi) TFT
Camera12.6 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.28 x 2.70 x 0.36 inches
(134.2 x 68.6 x 9.1 mm)
4.76 oz  (135 g)
Battery2100 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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