Recently announced at CES, the Pantech Discover has already made its way to AT&T and is available at the carrier’s local stores and online. Equipped with a long list of impressive specs, the smartphone is selling for even more impressive price – just $49.99 with a 2-year contract. All these make the Pantech Discover an interesting and competitive offer for AT&T subscribers.
Pantech Discover for AT&T – Overview
We have no doubt that it is the best smartphone that Pantech has made so far, from its trendy curvy shape, through high-end hardware to useful apps. The Discover features a 4.8-inch TFT touch screen with a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution and is driven by a dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro. The 2100 mAh battery unit is powerful enough to guarantee up to 10 hours talk time and up to 430 hours standby time, which would get you through the day (and probably more) one a single charge.
The phone is equipped with a 12.6 megapixel rear camera with 1080p HD video capture at 30 frames per second, 4x zoom and an LED flash as well as panorama mode and High Dynamic Range (HDR) images with multiple shutter modes and advanced editing features such as Best Face. There is also a 2 MP front camera for video chatting and self-portraits.
The Pantech Discover offers 16 GB of built-in memory with optional storage expansion via microSD card slot compatible with up to 32 GB memory cards, dual speakers with 3D sound quality, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 4G LTE connectivity. The device supports Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, thanks to which you will be able to share content, read smart tags, or pay for goods and services right from your phone.
What is rather disappointing is that the Discover runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is not the latest version of the most popular operating system, but on the bright side, it comes pre-loaded with a handful of useful apps. One of them is AT&T DriveMode, which could be a lifesaver for compulsive texters. The app resembles an “out-of-office alert” and can reply to texts, emails and wireless callers by sending them a predefined text message and in this way letting them know that you are driving and unable to answer. All calls, except for the “white list” are send directly to voicemail. DriveMode automatically activates itself once a vehicle starts moving 25 mph but can be turned off manually at any time if you need to make a call immediately.
Another interesting feature, although not for everyone obviously, is the choice between Easy and Standard Experience mode. The Easy Experience mode prioritizes customers’ apps on the home screen in a clearly organized and easy-to-read format and is aimed at first-time Android users. Those who prefer full Android experience can easily switch to Standard Mode and enjoy wide range of features – social media, video, email – in a highly customizable interface.
Anyone interested in the Pantech Discover?