Samsung ATIV S Neo ReviewSamsung ATIV S Neo 6.5
Callers were not impressed with the ATIV S Neo, saying that call quality was acceptable but not great. They described us as nasally, hollow and with somewhat of an echo. They rated us a 7/10 and said it was in the lower echelon of devices we’ve tested. The news was a bit better on our end, with natural voice reproduction and good volume.
The ATIV S Neo employs a 2000mAh battery, which Samsung claims delivers 15 hours of talk time and nearly 11 days of standby. Off course screen-on time pays a large role in this, so if you are watching a lot of videos or browsing the web for hours at a time that number will go down significantly. Still, these are very good numbers for a smartphone and will get most all users through the day without any need to top off.
With all Windows Phones running nearly identical software and Microsoft employing strict hardware minimums it can be challenging for manufacturers to differentiate their products. Nokia has already chosen to focus on the camera, and HTC is producing their typical top-notch hardware. Samsung’s Android approach has been to include an excess of niche software customizations, but with the less open Windows Phone platform they are not able to do this. They seem to be struggling to find their niche, and instead are just trying to impart the Galaxy S design and hope familiarity will lure customers. Unfortunately, the phone’s good but not great performance makes it poor choice for Windows Phone customers, and makes it especially hard to justify the switch from another smartphone ecosystem.
OS Version 8.0.10328.78
Firmware revision number: 2216.13.07.6
- Large 720p display that performs as well as it looks
- Poor call quality
- Uninspired design
- Performance issues at times
Samsung ATIV S Neo Review - Call Quality, Battery and Conclusion
|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|