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Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review

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Camera:

For its price point and all, the 5-megapixel auto-focus camera is a surprising addition with the handset, but it’s not without its flaws. Outdoors with abundant lighting, it’s able to produce some pleasant photos, but we do notice that details are somewhat lacking, its color reproduction is more on the saturated side, and it has a tendency of over-sharpening. Conversely, low lighting shots produces softer details and a heavier presence of graininess – though, its LED flash does well to counteract some of those things.

Camera interface - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
Camera interface - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
Camera interface - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
Camera interface - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
Camera interface - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
Camera interface - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
Camera interface - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
Camera interface - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review

Camera interface



At the same time, we really can’t complain too much about its 1080p video recording quality, mainly because the only minor thing that stands out is the subtle amount of artifacting when we’re panning quickly. Aside from that, everything else seems decent enough to accept, since it captures video at 29 frames per second, has a gradual exposure, and details are average looking.

Samsung ATIV Odyssey Sample Video:



Multimedia:

Being a Windows Phone 8 smartphone and all, its music player is no different from what we see on other devices. With the Music Hub, it has that flashy presentation that complements the platform’s distinct Modern UI. Setting it to the loudest volume, its quality is more on the average side, but at least there’s no distortion with its output.

Music player - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
Music player - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
Music player - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
Music player - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review

Music player


Thanks primarily to the vividness and saturated colors produced by its Super AMOLED display, our eyes are constantly affixed on the screen while watching high-def videos. Furthermore, it doesn’t have any problems trying to play our test video that’s encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080 resolution.

Watching high-def videos on the Samsung ATIV Odyssey - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
Watching high-def videos on the Samsung ATIV Odyssey - Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review

Watching high-def videos on the Samsung ATIV Odyssey



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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: 3429; 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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