Windows Phone 8: Review of the Samsung Ativ S Smartphone

From the good folks at The Verge, here’s a great review of the Samsung Ativ S, running Windows Phone 8.  It has the same 4.8 inch display as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and a 1.9-megapixel forward facing camera.

Samsung used a 1280 x 720 PenTile AMOLED display, which is not as good as those of the Lumia 920 and HTC 8X LCD 2 displays. Still, this is a powerful new competitor in the Windows Phone 8 space.  Enjoy the review.

Here are the specs for the Ativ S.

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
SIM Micro-SIM
Announced 2012, August
Status Available. Released 2012, December
BODY Dimensions 137.2 x 70.5 x 8.7 mm (5.40 x 2.78 x 0.34 in)
Weight 135 g (4.76 oz)
DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.8 inches (~306 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 2
SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 16/32 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
NFC Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, image stabilization
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, check quality
Secondary Yes, 1.9 MP
FEATURES OS Microsoft Windows Phone 8
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
CPU Dual-core Krait 1.5 GHz
GPU Adreno 225
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java No
Colors Gray
– SNS integration
– Document viewer/editor
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WMA/eAAC+ player
– Organizer
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Li-Ion 2300 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 168 h (2G) / Up to 218 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 8 h (2G) / Up to 14 h 50 min (3G)

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