AT&T takes texting and driving seriously with the Pantech Discover

AT&T takes texting and driving seriously with the Pantech Discover

Summary: AT&T is a vocal carrier when it comes to encouraging people not to text and drive. The solid Pantech Discover Android smartphone integrates this application and focuses on the end user experience.

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    Pantech Discover retail package

    It has been a long time since I tried out a Pantech phone, and I honestly never considered their devices as competitive with current smartphones. After using the Pantech Discover for the last couple weeks, I am ready to admit that I was wrong.

    The Pantech Discover has one of the best form factors I have tried in a long time, and it feels great in my hand. I love the curved soft touch back material and was frankly shocked by how solid the construction is. It is available now for just $49.99 with a 2-year contract on AT&T, and is a pretty compelling low cost Android device for people to consider.

    I'll take a walk through the device and my experiences in this image gallery. However, since the focal point of this device that was pitched to me by AT&T is the integrated DriveMode service that helps prevent texting and driving, I will start with the software.

  • Nokia Lumia 920, Pantech Discover, and Apple iPhone 5. (Image: ZDNet/Matthew Miller)

    Hardware

    As I wrote earlier, I am very impressed with the quality of the Pantech Discover and think they did an excellent job releasing a compelling piece of hardware. Specifications include:

    • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor

    • 1 GB RAM

    • 16GB integrated memory with microSD card slot

    • 4.8 inch HD (1280x720) display

    • 12.6 megapixel camera

    • VGA front facing camera

    • Bluetooth 4.0

    • Stereo speakers (each side of display, near the top)

    • 2,100mAh removable battery

    • Dimensions of 5.3x2.7x0.36 inches and 4.76 ounces

    The specifications are great for a $50 Android smartphone, and people will like the flexibility with the microSD card and removable battery. The display looks good, but seems a bit washed out to me. The stereo speakers are a nice idea, but music wasn't as loud and clear as I thought it would be.

    Pantech definitely impressed me with the Discover, and it looks to be a nice option for those looking for a low cost subsidized smartphone. The $400 no-contract price obviously makes something like the LG Nexus 4 a better option for people not eligible for a full upgrade discount.

Topics: Mobility, Android, Reviews, Smartphones, AT&T

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