Pantech Discover.

There's a good chance if you're reading this that the Pantech Discover is not for you. And that's cool. It's for your mom. Or your granddad. It's a first-timer device, with a first-timer price of $49 on contract with AT&T. And you know what? Pantech's done a pretty good job with it. 

Android Central @ CES

Think of this as a large smartphone for someone who doesn't want, well, a Galaxy S3 or HTC One X on AT&T. But that doesn't mean it's not stylish. Start with a large, 4.8-inch 720p display. Nothing wrong with that. And Pantech blissfully diverges from the typical black-slap design, bringing some graceful curves to the textured back of the phone, with speakers tucked on either side. Haven't seen Samsung do that, have ya? (And those speakers sound pretty good, even in a crowded room.)

But the more interesting part of the Pantech Discover is the work that's gone into the custom user interface. It's built on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, and there actually are two UIs. Samsung's done this already, of course, but Pantech takes simple to a whole new level. Multiple home screens are pared down to one. The main home screen is nearly idiot-proof. Gone is the app drawer. Even the settings menu is hidden from where you'd normally expect it. And it's still pretty full of features, all things considered. It's got NFC, and AT&T's improved DriveMode is built-in, to help cut down on texting and driving. 

This one's worth a quick look in the store if you've got a first-timer looking for a phone and who doesn't want to spend a lot of dough doing it. 

We've got more pics and video of the Pantech Discover after the break.

There are 12 comments

Not gonna lie, they took a chance with this design, but I really like it. Wish more companies would break the boundary of the "black slab".

bsannes says:

Love the way the back looks.

CaptainDoug says:

Me too. The side view as well.

DWR_31 says:

Dual speakers on a phone,..?


Dperks17 says:

"you can see movies with the sound"

CaptainDoug says:

Removable battery?!?! Gah! Put in a Mugen battery and it'll be epic. The only downfall of this phone is that it only has ICS which can be remedied with a rom. Hopefully it sees some dev support because I'm having a hard time turning down those curves. Do we know if it has an LCD or an AMOLED display?

tuffigirl says:

Yea good luck with that... it's been months and there are still no roms for it. Damn shame too... this phone is so much better than Sumsucks Galaxies IMO.

lynnpudas says:

Only one homepage??? No app drawer. How do you find apps???

Suntan says:

I kinda like the blue tinge they added to the onscreen back/home/multitask area. That black strip of buttons always looks so spartan on devices.

Kudos to Pantech. That looks like a really compelling industrial design.


bsannes says:

That is my main complaint about on screen buttons is that they look ugle, But here not to bad.

qliphah says:

From the pictures of the back this appears to have a flash, most other sites say no. Personally I can't imagine a camera phone not having flash at this point. Can somebody confirm this?

Also love the sleek curves, it's about time manufactures learned that we don't want to hold plastic bricks to our heads. And the speakers... why would a phone this cheap get such improved audio??

CaptainDoug says:

It has a flash. If you look at the pics on, they have one showing the camera and flash. Biggest importance though is that the battery is removable.