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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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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
Mobile / Cellular Data
variations
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 7.2
variations
SIM card size
Yes
variations
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Single Core 800 MHz
Internal Storage 4 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
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
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
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 165 pixels
Size 3.5 inches
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
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Multi-camera
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
Yes
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
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
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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