Samsung Ativ S review

A lack of 4G holds back an otherwise stellar Windows Phone.

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The Ativ S bears a strong resemble to Samsung's Galaxy S3, and the two seem to have the exact same camera. The rear camera is an 8-megapixel snapper with autofocus and an LED flash. While it falls just a little bit behind the lense of Lumia 920, its a wholly adequate camera capable of taking good indoor and outdoor shots.

The camera is complemented by a dedicated camera button, a smart feature that all Windows Phone 8 devices share. Pressing it takes you directly into picture taking mode, when the phone is locked.

Unfortunately, it has one WP8 camera feature we dislike, which a touch to focus and shoot. That means that to take a picture, you touch the focal point of the picture, the focus changes and the picture is taken. That means that if you have a photo focused just the way you like it, it may change when you actually take the picture. This loss of control probably won't bother most, but if you're a dedicated cell phone photographer, you might find it annoying.

Samsung Ativ S review
The Ativ S did well with indoor lighting

Samsung Ativ S review

Samsung Ativ S review

Samsung Ativ S review
It's certainly good enough to capture a plate of food

Samsung Ativ S review
Or even a flash-assisted night shot

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
SAR Value0.31 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyAtiv S
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time14.83 Hour
Screen Size12.2 cm (4.8")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)135 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 8
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density306 ppi
Height137.2 mm
Width70.5 mm
Depth8.7 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time218 Hour
Product NameAtiv S Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineAtiv S
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-I8750ALABT
Manufacturer Website Address
Limited Warranty2 Year