Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review
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.
Samsung ATIV Odyssey Sample Images Fullscreen
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Samsung ATIV Odyssey Sample Images
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:
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.
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.
1. Necromancer (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)
Sorry Samsung.. If its Windows 8, its gotta be a Nokia!
2. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)
Windows Phone=Nokia ... Nothing else...
3. IU_Lover (Posts: 35; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
lol, why don't they included earphones/headset?
4. papss (unregistered)
Yuck.. Looks terrible and has nothing appealing on the inside.
5. Jyakotu (Posts: 814; 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.
6. snowgator (Posts: 3187; 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.
7. cdgoin (Posts: 363; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)
Why compare to the Marauder and Lucid..? Shouldn't they compare to the HTC 8X and Nokia 920..?
8. 19chany8 (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)
Samsung is just no good to make windows 8 phones..........
Leave it to nokia