Samsung ATIV S Neo ReviewSamsung ATIV S Neo 6.5
Samsung has included a run-of-the-mill 8 megapixel camera on the ATIV S Neo. It performed acceptably, but was not a standout. Outdoor images were the best; the ATIV S Neo had good color reproduction and photos looked natural viewed at web-friendly sizes. Blown up to full resolution details were not as crisp as we’d like, and there was definite noise. Indoors produced the same good color reproduction, but noise was significantly increased even without artificial lighting. Even in strong outdoor lighting the ATIV S Neo had some troubled with shadows causing darker than expected images or focus issues, as seen in the pink wall sample.
The Windows Phone camera interface is nice and clean, and one of the nice features of Windows Phone is that you can wake the phone directly to the camera by holding the shutter key. Still, even with that shortcut it took about 6 seconds to snap a photo from sleep. For comparison, we were able to wake our Nexus 4, slide over a screen, open our camera app (which is within a folder) and snap a picture in about the same amount of time. Taking a second picture with the ATIV S Neo took another 2 seconds, as the camera had to refocus even though we were shooting the same object and nothing had moved. Though the software is well designed, it has little in the way of extra features and is much slower than it should be. The MangaCamera app is preloaded, which adds frame and stylization options to your shots.
The ATIV S Neo records video at 1080p and allows you to snap pictures while recording. Video quality was quite acceptable for a smartphone, but videos turned out darker and shakier than we'd like. It did transition well between dark and light areas, and for the most part motion was captured smoothly. The mic was also a bit sensitive, as you can hear the wind noise prominently in our demo video even though it was not a windy day.
The ATIV S Neo does not have any standout multimedia features like the BoomSound speakers found on HTC’s 8XT, but the 720p screen made the ATIV S Neo much more amenable to watching video. It did not have any issues playing our test files, although like other Windows Phone devices it was unable to display all of our album art. The Samsung Link app is the front end for DLNA connection to stream media to other connected devices.
Samsung ATIV S Neo Review - Camera and Multimedia
|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|