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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  • Lock screen options. (Image: Screenshot by Matthew Miller)

    Pantech custom UI

    The Pantech Discover has Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) installed out of the box. I don't know if Jelly Bean is coming to the device or not, but imagine the value Android smartphone buyer is not that concerned with the specific version on this device.

    Like Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and others, Pantech has a custom UI for Android as well. Pantech has both Easy Experience and Standard Experience modes so you can toggle their experience on and off. I do like their lock screen dial that gives you quick access to six apps by simply dragging the icon into the center of the circle.


  • Typical home screen panel. (Image: Screenshot by Matthew Miller)

    Pantech custom UI

    You will also find a Pantech notification/quick launch bar, app launcher with ability to file apps in groups, and fairly typical Android task switcher. You will find three small icons below the task switcher to access select apps. There are three home screen panels, customizable by tapping and holding on a blank space on the home screen. Overall, it's a fairly non-obtrusive UI that I think meets the needs of the new smartphone owner with flexibility for power users.

  • (Image: Screenshot by Matthew Miller)

    AT&T DriveMode

    I am a serious phone geek and regularly have three or more phones in my gear bag. Thankfully, I ride the train for my daily commute and don't spend a lot of time driving around in a car. If I am driving, I set the example for my teens and do not text and drive, so I am 100 percent behind this campaign and lifestyle.

    The AT&T DriveMode software is available in the Google Play Store for AT&T Android devices, but comes preinstalled on the Pantech Discover. The software is toggle on to auto mode by default, but can be setup to have an "allow" list or even turned off manually in case you might be a passenger in a moving vehicle.

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

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