Reviews and Problems with Samsung I8750 / T899M / Ativ S
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Samsung ATIV S Review
9 May 2014
Summary: The Samsung ATIV S is a good phone. It’s an appropriate device to sum up the year; its consummate performance, build quality and design feel very much a product of 2012, whereas the Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8X embody forward-facing designs and next-year technology. Available on Rogers, TELUS and Bell, the ATIV S isn’t quite what it should have been, but maintains Samsung’s position as a competitive and reliable smartphone maker.
Summary: Samsung was the first manufacturer to officially announce a Windows Phone 8 device, but has since been suspiciously quiet about its plans. Plagued by delays and a missed launch period with HTC and Nokia, Samsung’s carrier deals, release dates, and exact pricing haven’t been forthcoming. Microsoft rarely mentions the company's devices in marketing materials, and it feels like Samsung's Windows Phone 8 efforts have been all but forgotten.
Pros: Lightweight and slim, Large display, Physical Windows key
Cons: Samsung's additional software, Speaker is tinny, Windows Phone app ecosystem
Samsung Ativ Odyssey review: do we need a third kind of Windows Phone?
7 January 2014
Summary: Verizon Wireless hasn’t been the best partner for Microsoft and Windows Phone — it had one humdrum Windows Phone 7 device back in 2010, and opted out of Windows Phone 7.5 entirely. But it’s offering a spread of devices for Windows Phone 8, including the high-end HTC Windows Phone 8X and lower-cost Nokia Lumia 822. We’ve already reviewed the 8X and Lumia 822, both of which are decent, but unspectacular smartphones.
Pros: Zippy performance, Good battery life, Fast data
Summary: The Samsung ATIV S is an excellent smartphone, although not as expensive as the market flagships. Its highlights are the big and bright HD screen, and the great camera.
It is light and thin, which makes it easy to carry, despite of the big frontal area.
The Samsung ATIV S is a good option if you are looking for a Windows Phone 8 smartphone.
Conclusion: The Samsung Ativ S doesn’t push the boat out when it comes to build like the Nokia Lumia 920, but its big, gorgeous display and light weight make it the most comfortable of the top notch Windows Phone 8 blowers so far. Sadly, Samsung’s phoned in the software: until someone can come up with mapping software to rival Nokia’s, our advice remains the same: if you’re going to go with a Windows Phone, it needs to be a Lumia.
Pros: The Samsung Ativ S may not be the most striking of Windows Phones - in between Nokia and HTC’s colourful efforts you could easily overlook it - but when it comes to hardware, it’s easily our favourite. For its large size, it’s incredibly light and thin (just 135g), with well placed buttons that are still easy to reach. It looks like a cross between a Samsung Galaxy S3 and a Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and that’s no bad thing. The display meanwhile is mesmerising: the HD re...
Cons: We can’t really fault the Samsung Ativ S for its hardware: it may not be as striking as the Nokia Lumia 920, nor possess the same fantastic PureView camera, but it’s also a full third lighter, and not nearly as fat. The software is where the issues lie. We’re not going to linger on Windows Phone 8 itself: unlike Android, its core doesn’t vary between devices since Microsoft doesn’t let manufacturers tinker with it. It’s fast, power-sipping, easy to use and colourful, ...
Samsung ATIV S Review: the Windows Phone that could have been so much more
Windows Phone Central
8 March 2013
Conclusion: The ATIV S is a breath of fresh air, especially with the force of Nokia and the Lumia family of Windows Phones. It’s a high-end smartphone with everything and the kitchen sink, but falls short in the marketing and OEM app department. The ATIV S could have been so much more, a real killer if Samsung was behind Windows Phone.
Pros: Extraordinarily light, sports an intriguing look and feel. Has all the bells and whistles one would expect from a flagship Windows Phone, plus the added SD support.
Cons: Home button is slightly too close to the screen, leading to mistakes in pressing the display instead of hitting home. It's Samsung - lack of marketing.
Conclusion: Whilst Samsung’s rivals have split elements like removable storage and a removable battery between their flagship and secondary Windows Phone 8 devices, Samsung launched its WP8 story with one device aiming to do it all. In some aspects this has resulted in a ‘jack of all trades’ experience, with competent performance across the board but no real point with which to excel in.
Summary: A new star in the Windows sky. Samsung offers a direct competitor to the HTC 8X and the Nokia Lumia 920 with the ATIV S; all three devices run Windows Phone 8. Where are the small but subtle differences and can it ascend to the Windows Phone 8 throne?
Pros: Good build quality and low weight, HD Super AMOLED Display, Completely smooth operating system, High quality camera, Removable battery, Storage extension via micro SD card, Long battery runtime, The main camera produces very good pictures and can replace less expensive digital cameras. The temperature is always in the non-critical range and the battery runtimes are convenient.
Cons: Retail price: 549 Euros, Small scope of delivery, The app variety is still small - we are spoiled by the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. The Samsung ATIV S cannot change that.
Excerpt: The Samsung ATIV Odyssey is the manufacturer's first US Windows Phone 8 smartphone. Available on Verizon Wireless for $49 with contract, Samsung obviously wasn't shooting for a flagship device, and they've yet to bring the higher end ATIV S (equivalent to the Samsung Galaxy S III in terms of hardware) to the US. The ATIV Odyssey is akin to the Galaxy S III Mini and it has a colorful 4" Super AMOLED display running at 800 x 480 in a very compact form.
Pros: Compact design, fast and fluid experience.
Cons: Features and specs don't wow us for the price vs. the Windows Phone 8 competition.