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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
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: The Samsung ATIV Odyssey runs Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 quickly and smoothly, but we're less than impressed with its design. In this price range, we prefer the Nokia Lumia 822, which is free on contract as of this review. While the Nokia is slightly larger, you get more color options and free turn-by-turn directions via Nokia Drive. If you're willing to spend a bit more, the $99 HTC Windows Phone 8X has a sharper 720p display, a sleeker design and wireless charging.
Pros: Snappy performance, Better battery life than other Windows Phones, Clear audio
Cons: Generic design, Low-res display, No standout features
Summary: 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.