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Pantech Discover Review

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In yet another classic case of bigger isn’t necessarily better, the 12.6-megapixel snapper of the Discover doesn’t outperform the 8-megapixel cameras of some the top-tiered smartphones out there. Frankly speaking, it’s quite noticeably lacking in the details department, as its snapped images look more like art paintings than anything else. Beyond the muddiness and over-sharpening, it doesn’t handle dynamic range that well too, which results in heavy over-exposure with lighter sections in images. Oppositely, shots taken under low lighting conditions produce more subdued colors and softer details. Unfortunately too, its LED flash is only effective up to 5 feet away – anything more than that, it doesn’t cast enough potency.

Camera interface - Pantech Discover Review
Camera interface - Pantech Discover Review
Camera interface - Pantech Discover Review
Camera interface - Pantech Discover Review
Camera interface - Pantech Discover Review
Camera interface - Pantech Discover Review
Camera interface - Pantech Discover Review
Camera interface - Pantech Discover Review

Camera interface



Seeing no breaks whatsoever, the 1080p videos produced by the Pantech Discover don’t live up to camera’s monster sized capacity. Instead, details are drowned out and indistinct, which makes it appear as though it’s on the cartoony side. Adding more insult, there’s a heavy presence of artifacting when panning, which dulls its details even further. Despite that, we do like that it captures video smoothly at 30 frames per second, and that audio recording is clear.

Pantech Discover Sample Video



Multimedia:

Nothing too fancy looking with its music player, it’s worth mentioning that a mini player is also available, which is layered on top of everything else. One would imagine that 2 speakers would produce stunning audio quality, but to tell you the truth, it’s nothing more than average at best – with a little hint of strain at the loudest volume setting.

Music player of the Pantech Discover - Pantech Discover Review
Music player of the Pantech Discover - Pantech Discover Review
Music player of the Pantech Discover - Pantech Discover Review

Music player of the Pantech Discover


Without question, the large size of the display makes for an optimal video watching experience, but the washed out color tones of the LCD display doesn’t help in keeping our eyes glued onto it. Despite that, it’s able to effortlessly play a variety of video codecs with little issues. Still, we do appreciate the mini player option that’s available with it.

Video player - Pantech Discover Review
Video player - Pantech Discover Review

Video player



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posted on 29 Jan 2013, 08:26

1. Captain_Doug (Posts: 749; 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: 3006; 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: 5563; 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)


Hi,
I am great fan of your blog, I am regularly follow your post ,every time you give me very useful information thats help me lot, I think you are right
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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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