Conclusion: If you’re on Sprint and are specifically looking for a Windows Phone, the Samsung ATIV S Neo is a better option than the HTC 8XT, largely because of its higher-resolution screen and better battery life. And while it requires an extra $50 initial investment, that’s a tiny portion of what you’ll pay over the required two-year contract.
Pros: Nice screen for a mid-range smartphone, Good battery life, Supports international roaming, Expandable storage via MicroSD card
Cons: Camera is “so-so”, Performance is also “so-so”, Slick plastic back makes the phone feel slippery in the hand
Summary: Usually, when you see a sub-$100 smartphone, you know some shortcuts have been made. That's also the case with the ATIV S Neo. This $99 smartphone offers solid performance, a large and vivid display, and an impressive 8 hours of battery life. However, the design feels fairly chunky, and the camera quality could be better. We also wish that Samsung would have ported more bells and whistles from the Galaxy S4.
Conclusion: With all Windows Phones running nearly identical software and Microsoft employing strict hardware minimums it can be challenging for manufacturers to differentiate their products. Nokia has already chosen to focus on the camera, and HTC is producing their typical top-notch hardware. Samsung’s Android approach has been to include an excess of niche software customizations, but with the less open Windows Phone platform they are not able to do this.
Pros: Large 720p display that performs as well as it looks
Cons: Poor call quality, Uninspired design, Performance issues at times