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Samsung Galaxy Discover review

4.8/10 AVG.
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4.8/10
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The Samsung Galaxy Discover currently has an Informr score of 4.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 16 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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.


Operating system
Android
Processor
800 MHz
Screen Size
3.5"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Cnet

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 o...

- Brian Bennett, Cnet


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Samsung released the Galaxy Discover on November 7, 2012.


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Samsung backs up the Galaxy Discover with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
3.5"

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

Processor
800 MHz

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

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

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 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1300 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 18.5 days standby time, 390 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy Discover Specs

Overview
Release date November 7, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 7.2
variations
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Single Core 800 MHz
Internal Storage 4 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.85 W/kg
Body: 0.77 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1300 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 540 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 390 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 18.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.3 x 6.2 x 1.1 cm (4.5 x 2.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 122 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 165 pixels
Size 3.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Geotagging, ISO, White balance, Exposure value, Scene mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Play Store, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Skype)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SGH-S730M

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Critic Reviews


Cnet

Low-cost Android humbled by poor performance

from Cnet

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 a...More

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 version, at your fingertips for a low $129.99 unsubsidized price.

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User Reviews


Vance

Well... it was a cheap option

Battery life disappointing immediately. Keypad is difficult, rarely do I type something that doesn't have to be corrected. Auto-correct & "predictive typing" functions are a waste of time - pretty sure everything is translated to Korean and back before guessing what word I'm trying to type. Slow respon...More
Battery life disappointing immediately. Keypad is difficult, rarely do I type something that doesn't have to be corrected. Auto-correct & "predictive typing" functions are a waste of time - pretty sure everything is translated to Korean and back before guessing what word I'm trying to type. Slow response time when viewing webpages, even on wifi. Also found a grand total of TWO cases for this thing - that may have been a bad sign straight away. Less
Tessla

This was supposed to be an !?

Cricket had sold me 3 different phones within 1 month because they simply didnt do what was told they would, each one cost me more non refundable minutes and each one was on sale by time I tried ti exchange so no credits, had HTC I paid $99 for by then I was dealing with VP of Sales who instructed me t...More
Cricket had sold me 3 different phones within 1 month because they simply didnt do what was told they would, each one cost me more non refundable minutes and each one was on sale by time I tried ti exchange so no credits, had HTC I paid $99 for by then I was dealing with VP of Sales who instructed me to a specific store and they would upgrade me to "much better quality phone" the jerk sales rep gave me the S Disc, no sd card, took my HTC CELL, WITH MY SD CARD& BATTERY' told me he'd transferred my stuff and gave me new Sd. The phone didnt work at all within days. No sd card, held barely enough for all the preloaded crap you can't get rid of. Couldn't make or receive calls at all reset, after reset, the full factory reset, when tried to exchange, foind out it was only $50-upgrade? Lost $39 walking in. But best part was it went on sale 2 days after for, get this...$19. Phone useless, but cricket, AT&T hasn't improved anything, is a complete waste of money, time and effort. I invested about $700 in about 8 mos kept trying because didnt wasnt to lose that money. Finally just gave it up when that sales rep stole the HTC he was supposed to return to warranty co., left me hanging for a $169 bill then when I tried to talk to mgr, they didnt put me on hold fast enough, so I heard him call me "that Bi#&$"- with TMobile now, better phone better service. Less
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 cha...More
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 battery reinstalled and acvording to phone status everthing is good the piece of junk still acts like its struggling to work. Do i have a virus or a shit phone and shit service provider...Bell lmao Less
Joey Weisbrodt

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

Phone is junk Great for ur 12yr old fb junkies

It's ok

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.

Don't really care for this phone

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 u...More
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 user friendly at all. I hate that it doesn't allow the swype texting, that option is greyed out! You can't just press and drop icons in the trash can to delete them because there isn't one. The battery needs charging all of the time. Compared to the cheaper Concord this is a piece of crap. Less
shawn

It does almost eeverything

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

A Mind boggling Mess!

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 to retrieve voic...More
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 to retrieve voicemail. NOOOOOOOOOOOO; You must call someone in the Philippines who may or may not give you complete instruction for whatever you are calling about. (Just to make it more challenging, so you'll have to call back again with the same question.) In this case, it involves dialing *99, Send, then 9999 (without sending) every time. Another issue I have is that nowhere in the Quick Reference Manual or anywhere else in the literature does it explain how to retrieve text or any other messages. Also, while the manual says to move and delete items, just drag to the Trash Can icon at the bottom of the screen. But there isn't one. Needless to say, I'm returning this phone. Less

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

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.

BIG BANG FOR THE BUCK

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
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 comparing this phone against others keep in mind of the price about $100 compared to $300-$700 and one has to ask are the other phones worth the price when one considers we make a few light calls (generally) and send text messages and for the most part that's it. Those who are "heavy" users tend to fair much better in the higher end phones but for the average person like students, mom and dad, grandma or grandpa or just a phone to keep in touch than this phone should be in the spectrum. Whatever phone you chose it has to be the right fit for your life and use but if you are looking for an economical full feature cell phone then this is the phone for you. Less

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