Samsung ATIV S Neo Review
Not content to dominate the Android market only, Samsung has ported over the basic of their winning formula to the Windows Phone platform in the form of the ATIV S Neo. The ATIV S Neo, now available on Sprint, borrows heavily from the Galaxy design with a large HD display, physical Home key and the overall aesthetics. With Windows Phone software not offering much in the way of manufacturer customization, can Samsung’s relatively muted design stand out in the brightly colored world of Nokia and HTC? Read on to find out!
At a passing glance one can be forgiven for confusing the ATIV S Neo for the Galaxy S III. The two share similar colors, design principles and materials. That means the ATIV S Neo uses the same plastic components that the Galaxy S series has been knocked for in the past. It feels very similar in the hands, if not a bit heftier due to the increased thickness and weight. The plastic bits are indeed not up to snuff with high end devices from competitors, but it is no surprise as this is clearly a design decision Samsung is committed to.
135 x 69 x 9 mm
5.08 oz (144 g)
132 x 66 x 10 mm
4.94 oz (140 g)
130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm
5.57 oz (158 g)
136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm
4.69 oz (133 g)
The overall feel isn’t bad though, and the phone is put together well without any gaps or creaks. The usual buttons are around the sides, and like all Windows Phone devices the ATIV S Neo has a physical camera key. Like recent Samsung devices the power key is on the right side, although it is placed further down, closer to the middle which takes a bit to get used to. Around back the 8MP camera is flanked by an LED flash and a small speaker.
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Once again, Samsung is trying to differentiate itself with their display. At 4.8”, it is the largest Windows Phone display available, slightly edging out the Nokia 625’s 4.7” panel (the international ATIV S is also 4.8”.) While the 0.1” realistically makes no difference, the Nokia only has a meager 480x800 resolution whereas the ATIV S Neo features a 720x1280 pixel display, resulting in pixel density of 306ppi.
Samsung has changed from the AMOLED display on the ATIV S to a TFT LCD panel for the ATIV S Neo. The display is very good, with excellent colors, brightness and viewing angles. We didn’t have any trouble reading it even in direct sunlight.
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1. sriuslywtf (Posts: 34; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
WP + GS3 = Samsung ATIV S
Nice formula Samsung!
In near future there would be:
WP + GNote2 = Samsung ATIV "put any letter here"
3. Edmund (Posts: 599; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
Seriously guys, how about reviewing a smartphone based on how well it performs instead of your own ridiculous bias against an operating system ???
PA rated this phone a 6.5, which leaves me bewildered if you consider that it's the same score awarded to the galaxy pocket neo - a feature phone with a 3" qvga (320x240; 133 ppi ; 256K colour) , 832mhz single core processor , 2mp rear camera (no ffc), no lte etc..
6. Shatter (Posts: 1651; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Specs are not the only thing that go into a review. Another huge factory is the price.
The pocket Neo is $130 unlocked on Amazon.
The Galaxy Ativ S Neo will be somewhere between $400-$500 most likely.
Completely different classes of phones in range and price.
8. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1384; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Yeah, dude. Shatter is right. You can't compare "entry-level" phones to flagships & mid-rangers. If they were all lumped together in the same category, all "entry-level" phones would deserve ratings in the 1-3 range.
4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 4162; Member since: 14 May 2012)
6.5 is too harsh... 7.5 seems about right. Samsung uses the same design language and it's a con? Every OEM does it now.
7. Shatter (Posts: 1651; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Yup they all do and only Samsung and Apple get hate for it.
Sony(worse than Samsung):http://www.phonearena.com/phon
16. gigaraga (Posts: 100; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
With Sony looking especially ugly. Ugh~ their design is played out ..and it looks more like a clone army compared to Samsungs.
5. aco96 (Posts: 147; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)
My ATIV S is much better than this piece of junk. Stupid Samsung ruined ATIV S' beautiful design >_
10. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 449; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Hope they'll make flagships running WP, some time.
11. iluvsonynokia (Posts: 35; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
more win os phone by samsung means, Nokia gonna release better phones
I think this phone deserve 7/10
14. lsutigers (Posts: 558; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Agreed, it does have the largest screen on any Windows Phone to date and it has the highest resolution available on WP today, 720p.
As far as processor goes, you don't need more than a dual core to run WP smoothly, similar to iOS and unlike Android.
12. quentin (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)
I have to disagree with parts of this review. I own this phone and have had none of the lag/performance issues that the reviewer did, nor was my call quality poor at all. I asked people I called, and they all unanimously said that my call quality was great, better than my older phone for sure.
Sure, it may not have the out there and flashy design that other Windows Phones have, but that's not Samsung's modus operandi. They don't make flashy phones. They, as the reviewer mentioned, make phones with more of a standard, business-like look to them. I feel like too many points were docked on this phone for the physical aesthetics alone.
Spec-wise, it's extremely close to any of the Lumia 92X devices, and performs just as well.
I don't know why they recommend the HTC over this for Sprint customers - the screen on the HTC compared to this is lower res, and has half of the amount of internal storage.
This device has a removable battery and a micro SD slot, both major wins for any Windows Phones. No Nokia Lumia has those features.
From my week+ using the phone, I'd honestly give it an 8... nothing that will blow your socks off, but certainly not bad in any respect. It's the best Windows Phone device you can get on Sprint. This 6.5 is certainly too low.
15. apocalypsebc (Posts: 146; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
I totally agree! I give the Samsung Ativ S Neo an 8. This is a big upgrade from the HTC Arrive. I don't really care about the beats audio but I do like the HD LCD Display on the 4.8" screen and 16 Gigs of internal memory. I laughed at the part about the lag on the phone because I haven't had any problems or lag on my phone. That's not to say that there isn't any lag on any phone. They all will eventually lag or have a glitch here and there but Windows Phone is known for their smooth as butter OS. The call quality has been great on both ends as well. Overall, this phone is well appreciated on Sprint. Sprint has always been late when it comes to Windows Phone. I don't really see any Android, Apple, or Windows Phone users using Scout. Nokia's "HERE DRIVE" GPS Navigations is Superior to Scout. You can even download the maps to navigate without cellular data. The 6.5 score is a little bit low for this device. In my opinion, it deserves an 8. I believe the coverage in phonearena's area was terrible and the device was defected or a dev device.
17. dexterity (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)
This device has a removable battery and a micro SD slot, both major wins for any Windows Phones. No Nokia Lumia has those features. ???
for your information:
Nokia Lumia 520, 620 and 820 , removable back and battery, Micro SD card slot
Nokia Lumia 625 removable back, not the battery but Micro SD slot
18. theo14461 (Posts: 117; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
I've owned almost all the top shelf Windows Phones. Focus, Focus S, Nokia 920, HTC 8X. I currently have been using this ATIV NEO S since launch date on Sprint, and it is NO worse than any other WP8 device out there!! NO performance issues, NO call quality issues!! I rate this device at least an 8.
19. dexterity (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)
good review here
youtube.com/watch?v=zX6Ufp1e8EY ( cannot put the entire link as i am new to phone arena)
just add the three w with a dot