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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: 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.
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.
Summary: The Odyssey is a good illustration of what your money buys you in a new Windows Phone. As we’ve seen, it’s not so much performance — Windows Phone 8 does just as well with inexpensive hardware as it does with the premium goods — but fit and finish, build quality, and the quality of the phone’s display. For a little bit more money than the Odyssey, you can get the Windows Phone 8X, which has a much nicer display, better camera, and much nicer hardware.
Pros: Zippy performance, Good battery life, Fast data
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.
Summary: Design-wise, the Samsung ATIV S looks like a smaller version of the Galaxy Note 2 with Windows Phone 8 inside. Samsung designed a few elements slightly differently, probably to differentiate the ATIV S from its larger Android-powered sibling, however it really feels like owning a Galaxy-series device, in fact, the specifications are very similar to the Galaxy S3 (4.8” 720p Super AMOLED display / Snapdragon S4).
Conclusion: That’s the real question: whether to get serious about the ATIV Odyssey. At first glance, there’s positively nothing remarkable about this device. To stretch the automotive analogy a bit: it’s got a fine engine under the hood, but it’s built like a mid-90s family sedan – one with an old-style cassette deck, at that. This ain’t a phone that’s built to impress.
Pros: The ATIV Odyssey is available now via all Verizon Wireless sales channels. Its $449.99 full retail price comes down to $49.99 after all rebates and promotions for new customers, or existing subscribers qualifying for new-device pricing. That promotional pricing requires the usual two-year contract, though, so you’d better be ready to put a ring on this thing if you’re looking to get serious.
Cons: The ATIV Odyssey is available now via all Verizon Wireless sales channels. Its $449.99 full retail price comes down to $49.99 after all rebates and promotions for new customers, or existing subscribers qualifying for new-device pricing. That promotional pricing requires the usual two-year contract, though, so you’d better be ready to put a ring on this thing if you’re looking to get serious.