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Published on February 18th, 2013 | by Guest Writer


Spend Or Save – The Pantech Discover Vs. The Samsung Galaxy S II

Buying a new mobile phone is pretty exciting, we all like to have a new gadget to play with. However, there are lots of factors that need to be considered before making your purchase. For most of us price is a big one of those factors. Is it better to spend a little more and hopefully get a better device, or should we try and save money? But things don’t always work out the way you think they well. As a case in point today we’re looking at the Pantech Discover and the Samsung Galaxy S II.

These are both Android devices, running the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. However, the Galaxy runs more expensive than the Discover with most phone networks. Does that necessarily mean that the Galaxy is a better phone?

We put them to the test to find out, and to see exactly how they compare and differ. If you’re in the market for a new phone, then read on to find out which of these two models gets our seal of recommendation…

Why You Should Get the Pantech Discover…

The Pantech has several benefits. Firstly, it is the faster phone. It runs a 1500 MHz processor, as compared to the slower 1200 MHz processor on the Galaxy, making it more powerful, snappier and more responsive. It also gets faster maximum data speeds, which generally results in quicker downloading and faster opening of web pages. The Discover has the larger screen, measuring in at 4.8 inches over the Galaxy’s 4.3 inches. Plus, it has a better camera too. The Discover has a massive 12.6 MP in built device, as opposed to the standard 8 MP camera on the Galaxy, meaning that photos taken on the Pantech are better quality and have more fine detail. Finally, you get much better Bluetooth support on the Discover, which comes equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 rather than the older 3.0 version on the Galaxy. If you frequently connect to Bluetooth devices such as hands free, the newer version means that you get faster data transfer and that your phone uses less battery power when connecting to devices.

What the Samsung Galaxy S II Has to Offer…

The main benefit of the Galaxy is its screen. It might have the smaller screen, but it is better quality. First off it’s a Super AMOLED Plus screen, rather than the older TFT LCD technology on the Discover. AMOLED screens are brighter and have more vivid colour reproduction. But the display also has ten per cent higher screen resolution as well as twenty per cent more PPI (pixels per inch), meaning that the picture quality is crisper and cleaner than that of the Discover. Other than that though, the Galaxy comes in slightly lighter and smaller, but it does have the smaller screen size.

Should I Save My Cash?

In our opinion, yes. Not only is the Pantech Discover cheaper, but it’s also a better phone. It’s faster, has a larger screen and a better camera. The Samsung Galaxy S II is nice, but it’s really not worth the extra that you’ll pay for it.

Phil Turner is happy to switch phone networks whenever he finds a better deal, switching his number is so simple, it really is no big deal.

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