Samsung Ativ S review

Posted on Thursday, Nov 1 2012 on 11:00 AM

Microsoft's campaign is underway across the board with Windows 8, RT and WP 8 and all eyes are now set on Redmond's allies for a demonstration of fire power. Following some early warning shots from Nokia and HTC, Samsung are now free to fire at will.


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Samsung Ativ S official pictures


Their Ativ S was the first Windows Phone 8 flagship announced and, respectful of chronology, the first we're about to properly review. The Nokia Lumia 920, the HTC Windows Phone 8X and the Ativ S are often painted as allies - but that's mostly rhetoric. To a certain point, they have little choice but to unite against the Android and iPhone hordes. On the other hand, these fine smartphones will be sworn enemies fighting over every user drawn close enough by Microsoft's upgraded platform.


And by the way, Windows Phone 8's appeal is easy enough to understand. It is now a consistent cross-device platform that will get app developers interested. Multiple-core-chipset and screen resolution support will help Microsoft-powered devices stand next to their Android and iOS counterparts as equals.


OEMs on the other hand are also giving potential users a good enough reason to be excited. Just look at what the Ativ S is offering to those who are willing to go with Samsung.


Key features

Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support

Quad-band 3G with 42 Mbps HSDPA and 5.7 Mbps HSUPA support

4.8" 16M-color Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of 720 x 1280 pixel resolution

Scratch resistant Gorilla Glass 2 display

8 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, 1080p@30fps video recording

1.9MP front camera

Windows Phone 8 OS

1.5GHz dual-core Krait CPU, Adreno 225 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset, 1GB of RAM

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band

GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support

Digital compass

16/32GB of on-board storage

microSD slot

Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic

Built-in accelerometer and proximity sensor

Standard 3.5 mm audio jack

microUSB port

Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP and EDR, file transfers

Impressively deep and coherent SNS integration throughout the interface

Xbox Live integration and Xbox management

Data Sense

Class-leading JavaScript performance

NFC support

Samsung exclusive apps: Music hub, Chat on, Photo editor


Main disadvantages

App catalog falls short of Android and iOS

Competition has quad-core Krait CPUs already

Costs more than the Galaxy S III SIM-free

No FM radio

No system-wide file manager

No voice-guided navigation

No music player equalizers

No lockscreen shortcuts


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