Samsung Ativ S

9.0
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Reviewed by weetigo (Currently owns)

Its a shame Samsung isn't releasing this in the USA as it is a great high-end WP8 device. It sports the large screen (4.8" super AMOLED display), a replaceable battery (2300 mAh), a microSD slot (SDXC), a thin profile (8.7mm), and it's light-weight (135g).

I am seeing a day and a half for average use and I've never run out of juice yet even with heavy use. I can stream music all day without a need for packing a recharge cable or a spare battery.

In terms of negatives, it does have a few. The ringer & alarm volume is quiet in comparison to the 920 and I sleep through it occasionally and miss the occasional ring. The vibration could be improved. Stuff that could be fixed in an update.

Samsung has also provided a sparse population of exclusive apps, ones that will be familiar if you've ever owned a Focus, but on the plus side they have been updating them regularly and they even released a lens app recently called 'Beauty' which lets you clean up photo blemishes on subjects.

Overall it's been a durable and comfortable phone to use and battery life & screen make it a tremendously useful device for my daily driver.

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  • Design 9
  • Display 10
  • Camera(s) 7
  • Reception / call quality 9
  • Performance 9
  • Software 7
  • Battery life 10
  • Ecosystem 8
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