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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  • 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.

  • (Image: Screenshot by Matthew Miller)

    AT&T DriveMode

    Automatic activation means that DriveMode launches when you move faster than 25 mph. When DriveMode is on, all calls will be sent to voicemail while texts and emails will get auto replies telling people you are driving. You still have full control on whether or not these auto replies are sent, so don't worry that it is spamming people. You can edit and customize the message that goes out with your auto replies, too. Up to five phone numbers can be listed that can be called while moving as well.

    In the upper left there is an icon for 911 so in an emergency, you can also still make that important call. The idea of DriveMode is great.

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

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