Considering I do not have a huge following thus far, I am unable to review the top of the line tech unlike other reviewers. So I thought I might go with looking at affordable tech that doesn’t skimp on specs.
I had heard of this handset about a month ago, at the time being available for prepaid plans from Telus for only 99$. since then it saw a holiday price reduction to only 69$ so I jumped at the opportunity to review this device.
I have only had it for 3 days but I have to say that Samsung sure did manage to get a buttload into this tiny and cheap form factor. The screen is a puny 3.5″, just like the old iPhone. I only call it puny becuase in the world of Samsung’s super amoled screens, this is pretty tiny.
The look of the phone has a hybrid design, melding the looks of the galaxy nexus and the iPhone 3G into one device. The back is a thin plastic plate, that is fairly flexible but can easily break if stressed to the limit. The screen is pretty responsive but can feel a little laggy at moments. I do have to say that the native resolution is somewhere in standard definition being only at 480x 320, but its still quite viewable. At the cost, something had to give.
Another thing that got me was the battery life. while it did not bother me that much, I did find many people mentioning that the battery was pretty weak, but in my 3 days of use, I only charged it 3 times, of course though I did notice the battery dropped from 99% to only 72% after 1 1/2 hours of YouTube streaming.
I will avoid aspects considering the service provider, but I will mention this, you can download the textplus app from the google play store and get something like 87 minutes talk time for only 1.99$, so thats pretty good if you want to have it as a cheap home phone option.
I will mention that Telus, the provider it’s available with in Canada, did have a few other smartphones available (the Nokia Lumia 610 and the Samsung Galaxy Ace Q) but both cost more and featured Android 2.3 and Windows phone 7. Although these two phones had slightly better resolution and larger capacities, and the Ace Q even had a slide out qwerty keyboard, they were lesser choices still compared to the Galaxy Discover.
The reason why I rate it a 3/5 comes down to this:
-the cheap cost is a plus, considering it can easily be unlocked and used with another provider
-the expandable memory is also great considering its internal storage of only 2.75 real GB
-IT COMES WITH 4.0 OUT OF THE BOX! for 69$ getting the second newest android OS is pretty decent
-the screen size isn’t too bad, but the resolution is just not there either
-the battery is not the best, but still does the job if all your doing is some facebooking and medium to light usage, other than calls and text
-overall it does have a cheap feel to it, although we do get pampered with all these premium smartphones and phablets coming out now
In the end the Samsung Galaxy Discover does deserve a middle of the road rating, because it is a lesser device, but with the pricing and the software, the device does get a slight bump.