Discovery A129W Review: A 3.5 inch Cheap Entry-level Rugged 3G Smartphone

Discovery A129W Review: A 3.5 inch Cheap Entry-level Rugged 3G Smartphone

Several days ago, we had made a review of an excellent rugged smartphone, which named Runbo Q5, and it had won many users’ favor. Today, we will do a testing of another small rugged phone—Discovery A129W, which had provided by our sponsor androidcarts. Now, let us have a look:

Discovery A129W Video Review

Discovery A129W Review—Unboxing



1 x 1800mAh Battery

1 x 3.5mm Earphone

1 x USB Cable

1 x Charger

1 x User Manual

Discovery A129W Review—Appearance


At first glance, we may feel Discovery A129W is tiny, for it only has a 3.5 inch screen, which is more smaller than most other smartphones. Above the small screen, we do find the front camera and the call speaker; and below the screen, there has three soft buttons.


When looking at the sides of A129W, we could find that it’s very simple. There only has a volume button in the left side of the phone, and a “android” Logo in the right side of the phone. Meanwhile, at the top the phone, we do notice the power button, and the headphone jack/USB Port.


Turning the phone around, we could see the rear camera, and the LED flashlight which next to the camera, meanwhile, we also find a “android” Logo in the middle of the shell. Then, removing the shell, we do notice two SIM card slots, and one TF card slot.


Discovery A129W Review—Display

The screen of the Discovery A129W has a size of 3.5-inches. It is a IPS panel with a resolution of 480*320 resolution. For its’ screen resolution isn’t high, the display quality also not well. But, the touch panel runs smooth.


Discovery A129W Review—Performance

Compared with most other smartphones, the specs of Discovery A129W isn’t good. A129W only packs a MTK MT6572W Dual-core processor running at 1.3GHz along with 512M RAM and 4G ROM, so it could run large apps smooth.


In order to testing the performance of Discovery A129W, we had made an Antutu score benchmark test, during the testing, Discovery A129W had reached a 10411 points, which isn’t a good score, certainly, its’ general performance could also surpass 40% other devices. Meanwhile, it could support most games fluently.


Discovery A129W Review—Feature/Shortcoming


  1. IP67(waterproof, shockproof,dustproof)

As a Rungged smartphone, Discovery A129W owns three proof functions, such as waterproof、shockproof and dustproof, so it could protect the phone from damage.

  1. GPS  Function

Discovery A129W also owns GPS function, in order to test its’ GPS performance, we had used GPS Test Plus function. During the testing, we had searched many satellites, and its’ GPS function runs well.

3. 3G Network/WIFI Function

In addition, Discovery A129W also supports GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz and WCDMA 850/2100MHz, meanwhile, its’ WIFI function works well.


Cartainly, Discovery A129W also owns several shortingcomings, such as its’ memory is small, the performance isn’t rather good(only MT6572 processor), and its’ screen resolution isn’t high.

Discovery A129W Review—Battery/Camera

This time, Discovery A129W has only providing a 1800mAh battery, for its’ 3.5 inch screen and low power consumption processor, Discovery A129W could support about 2~3 days standby time, certainly, you could also take a backup battery.


As for the camera function of Discovery A129W, A129W only equipped with 1.3MP front/2.0MP rear dual camera, so its’ camera pixel isn’t high. In addition, its’ video recording function also runs well. During the testing, we took several photos by A129W, let us review:

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As an Entry-level Rugged phone, Discovery A129W phone owns a small screen and meanstream Entry-level specs, such as MT6572W processor、320P screen and 1800mAh battery. However, nowadays, Quad-core smartphone is very comon in the market, this poor spces may let us down, certainly, A129W has a cheap price ,it’s only cost $95.99 usd, you may consider buy it as a backup phone.

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Kevin is a mobile Engineer, He currently uses the VIVO XPLAY as his primary device.

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