Samsung ATIV S Neo ReviewSamsung ATIV S Neo 6.5
Interface and Software
Running Windows Phone 8, there isn’t anything new with Samsung’s ATIV S Neo. Microsoft’s Live Tiles are in full effect, and can be added, deleted, rearranged and resized as the user sees fit. The ATIV S Neo has a number of included apps, including Sprint’s Multimedia suite as well as others like Telenav’s Scout and Local Scout and Samsung’s Now. They are all handy in their own way, with Now offering you a quick snapshot at weather, news and stocks and Telenav’s products incorporating navigation and a local recommendation engine, similar to Google Maps.
Processor and Memory
The Samsung ATIV S Neo is powered by a dual core Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.4GHz, paired with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. These are very similar to the HTC 8XT we recently reviewed, but in real world performance the Samsung lagged behind despite having double the internal memory. The ATIV S Neo features a microSD expansion slot, allowing for up to another 64GB of storage, and Microsoft includes 7GB of free SkyDrive storage with all Windows accounts.
Internet and Connectivity
The ATIV S Neo comes loaded with Internet Explorer 10, a good mobile browser that we’ve seen with all other Windows Phone devices. Overall performance is snappy, with smooth pinch or double tap to zoom gestures and good page rendering. One thing we have noticed is that the status bar shows pages are not fully loaded, even though the page seems to be fully functional with nothing missing. Our homepage, for example, still showed only about 85% loaded via the status bar a solid 2 minutes after opening it, but we were able to navigate the entire page without any issue and did not notice any content absent.
The ATIV S Neo supports Sprint’s 1900Mhz LTE band, as well as tri-band CDMA and quad-band GSM for global roaming capabilities. Other connectivity options are as you would expect: Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS as well as DLNA. Samsung’s ATIV Beam app is a user-friendly front end for sending files between devices using either NFC or Bluetooth.
Samsung ATIV S Neo Review - Interface and Functionality
|Display||4.8 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (308 ppi) TFT|
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Krait 300 processor
1 GB RAM
|Size||5.33 x 2.72 x 0.36 inches|
(135 x 69 x 9 mm)
5.08 oz (144 g)
|Battery||2000 mAh, 15 hours talk time|