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Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review

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Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
Introduction:

All of a sudden, Verizon’s lineup is beaming with some decent Windows Phone 8 devices of late, and for the first time ever, we’re seeing one that’s coming from Sammy’s camp. Yes folks, the Samsung ATIV Odyssey has finally arrived, which is interestingly enough the first Verizon bound Windows Phone 8 smartphone from Samsung to feature 4G LTE connectivity. Frankly, it’s not a pencil pusher in any way with its specs sheet, but at $49.99 with a 2-year contract, some might be tempted to check out what Sammy has to offer in this front – then again, it’s facing stiff competition from Nokia’s recent offering.

Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Start Here Guide
  • Product Safety & Warranty Information

Design:

What’s to say about this one, aside from the fact that it’s a typically made Samsung device – so there’s nothing particularly too fresh with its appeal. Rather, it’s more of the same, as it’s donning an all-plastic body that’s lightweight and compact feeling in the hand, though, it has a very slick feel, which tends to make it slippery. Sure, it’s still prone to the occasional smudges and fingerprints, but we do appreciate the faux-pas metallic finish it’s sporting. Overall, it’s more of the same and looks dated to the stuff we’ve been seeing with Nokia and HTC’s Windows Phone 8 offerings.

The Samsung ATIV Odyssey is donning an all-plastic body that’s lightweight and compact feeling in the hand - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
The Samsung ATIV Odyssey is donning an all-plastic body that’s lightweight and compact feeling in the hand - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
The Samsung ATIV Odyssey is donning an all-plastic body that’s lightweight and compact feeling in the hand - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review

The Samsung ATIV Odyssey is donning an all-plastic body that’s lightweight and compact feeling in the hand


Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review

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Sporting the usual trio of capacitive Windows buttons, they’re spaced away from one another to reduce accidental presses. Likewise, above the display, we find its light & proximity sensors, earpiece, and front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera. With the latter, it has the ability to shoot videos in 720p.

Capacitive Windows buttons - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
Front-facing camera - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review

Capacitive Windows buttons

 

Front-facing camera


With its physical buttons, the power, volume control, and shutter key, they’re distinctive to the touch and offer springy responses when pressed. Comforting to say the least, especially when it’s rare to find with Windows Phones, we do appreciate that there’s a microSD card slot that’s easily accessible from its left edge. As usual, too, it features a 3.5mm headset jack, standard microphone, noise cancellation mic, and microUSB port for charging/data connectivity.

microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung ATIV Odyssey - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
microSD card slot and volume key - The sides of the Samsung ATIV Odyssey - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Samsung ATIV Odyssey - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
Power and camera keys - The sides of the Samsung ATIV Odyssey - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review

microUSB port (bottom)

microSD card slot and volume key

3.5mm jack (top)

Power and camera keys

The sides of the Samsung ATIV Odyssey


Around the rear, there’s a modest 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, which has the ability to shoot video in 1080p. Along the bottom edge, it appears as though there’s a giant speaker grill, but in fact, only the center area is tucking away its internal speaker. Removing the rear plastic cover, we’re given access to its 2,100 mAh battery and microSIM slot.

Back - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
Rear camera - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
Speaker grill - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
Battery compartment - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review

Back

Rear camera

Speaker grill

Battery compartment



Display:


For what it’s worth, some people are still going to be attracted to the vividness of the Samsung ATIV Odyssey’s 4-inch WVGA (480 x 800) Super AMOLED display, which can be attributed to its wide viewing angles and overly saturated colors. However, its 233 ppi pixel density, combined with its PenTile matrix pixel arrangement, doesn’t produce the fine detail we crave nowadays – thus, producing garbled text in a zoomed out view in the web browser. Regardless of that, the display still has the wow factor we’d expect to see out of a Super AMOLED panel, but it still needs a good shielding when outdoors.

Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review




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posted on 28 Jan 2013, 06:35 4

1. Necromancer (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)


Sorry Samsung.. If its Windows 8, its gotta be a Nokia!

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 06:46 1

2. tashreef (Posts: 475; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


same here....

Windows Phone=Nokia ... Nothing else...

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 06:48

3. IU_Lover (Posts: 35; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


lol, why don't they included earphones/headset?

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 06:56

4. papss (Posts: 3388; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Yuck.. Looks terrible and has nothing appealing on the inside.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 14:49 2

5. Jyakotu (Posts: 813; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Basically, it's boring and bland and Samsung didn't even TRY to include anything to make the phone standout. Sorry Sammy, you can't skin WP8 to be different. You have to bring it with the hardware and software.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 15:37

6. snowgator (Posts: 3159; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


No reason to pick this over the 822. None.

Just do not understand. The actual ATIV S would have given a serious WP line up on Big Red. The 4.8" screen, expandable memory, the removable battery would be great selling points and something that no US carrier has to offer as far as WP 8 devices go.

This? Non-started.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 16:01

7. cdgoin (Posts: 355; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


Why compare to the Marauder and Lucid..? Shouldn't they compare to the HTC 8X and Nokia 920..?

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 04:45

8. 19chany8 (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


Samsung is just no good to make windows 8 phones..........
Leave it to nokia

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size4.82 x 2.51 x 0.43 inches
(122 x 64 x 11 mm)
4.41 oz  (125 g)

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