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Samsung ATIV S Windows 8 Sim-Free Mobile Phone (Black)

Released on 12 November 2012

Manufacturer: Samsung

5.0 out of 5 (1 customer review) | Write a review

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The Samsung Ativ S was not only the first Windows Phone 8 smartphone to be officially announced, but is also the first Windows Phone to feature a dual-core processor.

The new desktop version of Windows will combine with Windows Phone 8 smartphones to offer better convergence across multiple devices than has ever been seen before. With devices such as the Ativ S, Samsung aims to be a part of that.

The Samsung Ativ S runs on a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, with 1GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. Unlike the previous iteration of the Microsoft OS, Windows Phone 8 also includes compatibility for microSD slots, one of which is included with the Ativ S and is compatible up to 32GB.

The simplistic metro design of the Windows Phone 8 interface is housed within the 4.8" Super AMOLED display of the Ativ S, which is equally simplistic in its design. It has s slim profile, measuring in at just 8.7mm thick and weighs in at 135g.

Samsung has been doing a lot to develop its camera technology in recent years and this results in an 8MP snapper being included with the Ativ S. Autofocus and LED flash are also included, as is a 1.9MP front facing camera for video calling.

Music and video playback compatibility are as you would expect for a new smartphone and the Activ S also includes a 3.5mm port for headphones and a stereo FM radio. In terms of connectivity there's Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi direct, 3G and DLNA included, so you've plenty of ways to share various media types.

While there are not necessarily hardware features included with the Ativ S that will make it stand out from its Android competitors, its compatibility with the desktop version of Windows 8 gives it a different kind of sparkle to the range of smartphones that are already out there.
  • 2G: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  • Dimensions: 137.2 x 70.5 x 8.7 mm
  • Weight: 135 g
  • Display: Super AMOLED, 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.8 inches (~306 ppi pixel density)
  • screen: Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • Memory: 16GB + microSD
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth: v3.0 with A2DP
  • NFC: Yes
  • Camera: 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
  • Microsoft Windows Phone 8
  • CPU: Dual-core Krait 1.5 GHz
  • Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
  • GPU: Adreno 225
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Messaging: SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
  • Radio: Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • GPS: Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
  • Battery: Li-Ion 2300 mAh

customer Reviews

 Average rating (1 review)

 Great Phone!

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I moved to this phone from the Galaxy Note 1 (great phone) and i do not regret it. The screen colors on the ATIV S are bright and sharp, the sound from the speaker is great, the design of the handset is perfect and it stands out from the crowd with its silver metal look back and the physical camera button is a nice touch that i think all phones should have. The camera itself is good enough for me but there are better phone cameras out there. You can add a micro SD card which along with the big 4.8 inch screen was a selling point for me as this is currently the only high end Windows Phone with these two features. The battery life on this phone is quite brilliant and i was totally surprised on just how good it is.
I was with Android for 4 years and although i'm not disappointed with them, it was time for a change.
WP8 is great software all round. It does feel a bit like Android did 4 years ago in the respect that it's still in its infancy but with good potential. There are a few things they need to sort out, such as, personalizing sms message tones which currently you can only choose from the pre-installed sounds. There is also very few options in the settings menu which may not be a bad thing but after Androids array of options it feels a bit limited. Those thing put aside WP8 is very, very good software and it provides an excellent alternative to Android or iOS.

All in all this is the best phone i have owned and i am looking forward the small software updates to iron out the niggles. I would defiantly recommend the ATIV S to anyone who wants a awesome phone for web browsing, MP3/Media playing, ebook reading or just good old fashioned phone calls... It is Superb!!

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