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.

As is common practice for Verizon, the carrier likes to spread its smartphone options across various price points. Right now, Verizon is offering the 8X to new customers for $99.99 with a two-year agreement (a $100 drop from its launch price), while buyers can walk out the door with a Lumia 822 for nothing so long as they sign that new two-year contract. Verizon’s third option, the Samsung Ativ Odyssey, neatly fits in between those two devices: it’s priced at $49.99 with a new contract. But Windows Phone isn’t quite the same as Android — we’ve seen cheaper hardware offer similar performance to more expensive phones. Does the Odyssey continue that trend, or is it something entirely different? I spent some time with one to find out.