Samsung Galaxy Discover

AKA: Samsung SGH-S730M

Available at: PC Mobile, Bell, Koodo Mobile, SaskTel, Solo Mobile, Telus, Virgin Mobile

5/10 AVG.
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Reviews summary

5/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 14 reviews

The Samsung Galaxy Discover differs from other Samsung smartphones in that it does not have the standard Samsung TouchWiz Overlay. Instead, the phone runs stock Android 4.0.

It offers rather underwhelming hardware specs: an 800MHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM and 2.75GB of onboard storage. The 3.5” display offers a measly 480 x 320 resolution, which CNET notes is not good enough to view websites, photos or video. They also go on to mention that while the colors on the screen often lack “punch” and the contrast is low with poor black levels. Since the display is not IPS, the phone suffers from poor viewing angles. Reviewers go on to mention that the phone itself is cheaply made. Ultimate Media Reviews notes the plastic is flexible and “can easily break if stressed to the limit.”

Despite the poor specs, there are a few saving graces of the Galaxy Discover. While the battery life on the phone is unimpressive - Samsung touts 8.5 hours of talk time - it is removable so consumers can keep an extra battery on hand. In addition to a removable battery, the phone also comes equipped with an SD slot, which can be expanded up to 32GB.

Overall, most reviewers agree that despite the relatively low cost of the Galaxy Discover the phone itself is not worth purchasing. The poor quality display, measly specs and poor build quality make other phones like the Kyocera Hydro a better option.

The Good: Removable battery, expandable SD card, runs stock Android 4.0 user interface.

The Bad: Poor resolution screen, very low-end hardware specs, poor build quality.

Specs summary

Screen
3.5"

The Samsung Galaxy Discover's screen is 3.5 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
800MHz

There is a Single Core 800 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1300mAh

The phone is powered by a 1300 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Samsung's performance ratings are: 18.5 days standby time, 438 minutes talk time, 390 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Prices (Where to Buy)

140

UNLOCKED Samsung Galaxy Discover SGH-S730M Android Phone Bundle, 3MP, 3.5", NEW

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  • Condition: New
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No
  • Located In: Canada
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140

Samsung Galaxy Discover S730 UNLOCKED Dualband 3G Android 4.0 Phone GPS Quad GSM

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  • Condition: New
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No
  • Located In: Canada
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140

SAMSUNG GALAXY DISCOVER SGH-S730M BELL MOBILITY & VIRGIN MOBILE CELL PHONE HSPA

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  • Condition: Used
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No
  • Located In: Canada
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140

Samsung Galaxy Discover - Refurbished Unlocked - Android 3.5 inch Phone Bundle

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  • Condition: Refurbished
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No
  • Located In: Canada
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140

Samsung Galaxy Discover SGH-S730G - 4GB - Black (UNLOCKED) Smartphone

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  • Condition: Used
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No
  • Located In: Canada
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Reviews summary

5/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 14 reviews

The Samsung Galaxy Discover differs from other Samsung smartphones in that it does not have the standard Samsung TouchWiz Overlay. Instead, the phone runs stock Android 4.0.

It offers rather underwhelming hardware specs: an 800MHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM and 2.75GB of onboard storage. The 3.5” display offers a measly 480 x 320 resolution, which CNET notes is not good enough to view websites, photos or video. They also go on to mention that while the colors on the screen often lack “punch” and the contrast is low with poor black levels. Since the display is not IPS, the phone suffers from poor viewing angles. Reviewers go on to mention that the phone itself is cheaply made. Ultimate Media Reviews notes the plastic is flexible and “can easily break if stressed to the limit.”

Despite the poor specs, there are a few saving graces of the Galaxy Discover. While the battery life on the phone is unimpressive - Samsung touts 8.5 hours of talk time - it is removable so consumers can keep an extra battery on hand. In addition to a removable battery, the phone also comes equipped with an SD slot, which can be expanded up to 32GB.

Overall, most reviewers agree that despite the relatively low cost of the Galaxy Discover the phone itself is not worth purchasing. The poor quality display, measly specs and poor build quality make other phones like the Kyocera Hydro a better option.

The Good: Removable battery, expandable SD card, runs stock Android 4.0 user interface.

The Bad: Poor resolution screen, very low-end hardware specs, poor build quality.

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Reviews (5/10 Avg. rating)

Low-cost Android humbled by poor performance

from Cnet (about 1 year ago)

On the surface the Samsung Galaxy Discover looks like a pretty good smartphone deal with no strings attached. Factor in its slow performance, fuzzy call quality, and short battery life though and the Discover loses its luster quickly. Sure it does offer all the power of Android, admittedly from an outdated... More

  6/10

Junk

(12 days ago)

Wifi works when it wants to...rarely and for no apparent reasons. Freezes up in internet browsers and videoplayer whivh by the way i challenge you to find the videoplayer lol. The only way i can find it is to try to play a movie. You tube freezes up and even after battery out for a minute and fully charged... More

  2/10

It may look like An s3 but TRUST ME...ITS NOT!!!!

(4 months ago)

Phone is junk Great for ur 12yr old fb junkies

  3/10

It's ok

(6 months ago)

It likes to switch itself off randomly. If I charge it then switch if off at night, when I switch it on the next morning, it often says it has zero charge! It then charges as normal. Annoying! Other than that - no issues.

  6/10

Don't really care for this phone

(6 months ago)

I just switched from Walmart Family Mobile to straight talk because of lack of signal in my new area and I went from the Concord which is half the price to this phone. I hate that the settings, home and back icons only light up when you turn it on. The menu system is awful, hard to navigate and not... More

  2/10

It does almost eeverything

(9 months ago)

Outside that there's no sensor it's good .all is missing is the sensor for the magnetic field

  8/10

A Mind boggling Mess!

(12 months ago)

For all of the negative reasons and more, this phone is horrible! One that I haven't seen mentioned, just for starters, is that to answer a call, you can't simply press a button. NOOOOooo; You must PRESS and SWIPE, or the call goes to voicemail. Another is that you can't simply press 1... More

  1/10

Bought the Samsung discover only two months ago and the phone speaker quit working.

(about 1 year ago)

Can't hear the phone ring. Tried factory reset , software update etc etc etc. Thought Samsung made good products but this phone has me wondering otherwise.

  2/10

BIG BANG FOR THE BUCK

(about 1 year ago)

Samsung is well known in the electronic industry and its a name that stands for quality. This phone is no exception. What people have to understand when it comes to cellular phones you tend to get what you pay for. This phone gives a great deal for the buck but it is by no means the ultimate. When... More

  8/10

I Like This Phone Because ..

(about 1 year ago)

I would like to start off by saying this is a great Beginner user phone but that's all it is a BEGINNER. Its not meant to be used by someone that is looking for something that has all built in high tech nonsense, its more for a new cell phone user or someone that is older and not exactly what is... More

  9/10

I dislike this phone because...

(about 1 year ago)

First of all, the battery life is terrible. Seems I need to charge it 2 or 3 times a day and I barely use it. I have nothing running in the background. Second, the keys are sooo sensitive it's nearly impossible to text properly. Third, I've had this phone for about 6 weeks and it has started... More

  3/10

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