Reviews Samsung ATIV S
RCT SCORE 6.7 / 10

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The Windows Phone eco-system is growing and Samsung hopes to cash in with the ATIV S - a phone modeled closely on its Android superstar, the Galaxy SIII. 

The ATIV S boasts a 4.8-inch AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB worth of internal memory (with a microSD card slot for expansion), an 8-megapixel main camera and a 1.9-megapixel front facing camera for video chats. 

Reviewers were mostly positive about the ATIV S -- its large display, expandable memory and overall performance earned high marks, while the lack of 4G mobile broadband and the general lack of Windows 8 apps (from both Samsung and Microsoft) took some points off. Some reviewers also knocked the design of the ATIV S versus its major Windows Phone 8 competitors from HTC and Nokia.

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Better than the Lumia 920
Although it's plasticy and has a cheesy faux aluminum effect, it works well in practice. The device is very comfortable thanks to the lightweight and slim build, despite the large...
A Lot to Love in This Windows Phone
It's a feature-packed smartphone for heavy users, which can easily go toe-to-toe with other top-shelf smartphones in almost all areas, except for the app catalog.
We'd Recommend It
The display is the biggest available on the platform, and it’s gorgeous. The casing is conservative, but beautiful in an understated way. And in case we haven’t made it...
Hunt for Best Windows Phone Continues
Ultimately, the Ativ S is good, but painfully held back from greatness. The hunt for the ultimate Windows Phone continues, but if you want a device that's subdued but stylish, and will...
A Workman-like Windows Phone
Samsung's phone stands out precisely because it's not trying to stand out, relying instead on historically reliable selling points like the slimmest design, the biggest screen and the...
A Fresh Start
Now, AMOLED is one of the key features that set the Samsung Ativ S apart from the current competition, along with expandable storage and a user-replaceable battery.
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