When I think of Pantech, I don't have too many fond memories. But the Android 4.0-based Discover might change that. Available starting January 11 from AT&T for $50, the Discover is an 4G LTE smartphone with a 4.8-inch HD display (1280x720) and a crazy 12.6-megapixel camera that shoots full HD video at 30fps.
It also comes with NFC and a pair of 3D surround sound speakers. It's preloaded with AT&T's DriveMode app, which is supposed to help curb your texting habit while driving. Users can set up certain parameters, like turning on an auto-reply feature when cruising over 25MPH—"busy driving, can't respond."
Considering it comes with 16GB of onboard memory, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, microSD, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, GPS—and a funky design that's super-neat looking—it's not bad for $50. [AT&T]