Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview

Interface and Functionality

The Samsung ATIV S Neo comes with a revolutionary new interface that completely changes the look of Windows Phone 8. Of course, that's an impudent lie. The UI is exactly the same as on any other Windows Phone 8 handset, with phone makers given the option to differentiate by providing exclusive applications and other extra functionality. What this means is that the user experience is basically the same across all Windows Phone 8 devices, and that's probably a good thing, having in mind what these guys are doing to Android.

We quite like Windows Phone 8's approach to UI and think that is holds great potential as a consumer platform. It's good-looking and fun to use, full of cute effects that make the whole experience quite lively. The Live Tiles are a great tool to keep yourself informed by just taking a glance at your home screen.

At first, you may find that some things take a bit more time to accomplish with Windows Phone, compared to iOS or Android, but that's mainly because of the different approach to user experience in WP. Once you get used to it, almost everything can be done quickly and easily.

Windows Phone is notorious for its limited customization options, but when you think about it, it's actually not that bad because changing the color theme can drastically alter the look of your device. Plus, once you get some content on your phone and pin a bunch of things to the home screen, things can get pretty lively and colorful.


The 4.8” screen provides sufficient space for a comfortable typing experience. The generous real estate, combined with the awesome design of the Windows Phone 8 virtual QWERTY keyboard is a dream come true for any US teen who's serious about texting and/or social networking. There's one thing, though, that we don't like, and that's the fact that the landscape keyboard doesn't take up the full screen width. Instead, it has some empty space on its left and some other keys on its right. Not that it's such a big problem, but we feel like a bit too much space is being wasted here.

Internet and Connectivity

Naturally, the Samsung ATIV S Neo is equipped with Internet Explorer 10 for mobile, so browsing the web is a very pleasing experience. The browser itself may not be as fast as some of the Android counterparts, but it sure does a great job overall and even surpasses the competition in some respects.

Being destined to become a Sprint handset, the S Neo comes with LTE, as well as all other needed connectivity features like 3G and Wi-Fi.

Processor and Memory

The Samsung ATIV S Neo features a dual-core Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.4 GHz, which isn't really an upgrade over the ATIV S's 1.5 GHz CPU. Still, we're sure that the S Neo will be just as responsive and snappy as its international counterpart.

With a gig of RAM, the ATIV S Neo is perfectly capable of running each and every Windows Phone 8 app flawlessly, including the new Halo: Spartan Assault. Meanwhile, internal storage is set at 8 GB, but if that's not enough, then you can always expand it using a microSD card.



1. theminolaboy

Posts: 128; Member since: May 18, 2013

"Neo" means new and, as what PA said, by the looks of it, it'll fail to upgrade upon what the ATIV S already offers.. Geez..

2. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Nice article. But sorry, when it comes to WP, it means only NOKIA.

3. Moodi

Posts: 38; Member since: May 11, 2013

Totally Agree WP = Nokia

12. Padfoneluva

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 11, 2012

If you look at the specs and I'm not even a "specs" guy, you will see this phone exceeds or matches most of Nokia's offerings. I've held a Lumia and frankly I wasn't impressed.

4. gd761

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Fortunately I'm going to Wait some More until Sprint comes out with some HIGH END Windows Phones. Maybe when Microsoft Releases the GDR3 for Windows Phone by the End of the Year, there could Possibly be Some HIGH END Windows Phones Just being Released or News of them in the First Half of 2014. At that Time if and When that Happens, I Will Think about Considering to Maybe Upgrading from My HTC ARRIVE. One thing that I REALLY REALLY WANT, is a Physical Sliding Landscape QWERTY Keyboard just like is on My HTC ARRIVE.

5. g2a5b0e unregistered

You might wanna get your caps lock button fixed. It keeps coming on unnecessarily.

8. HASHTAG unregistered

I think high end phones with keyboards are done.

9. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Don't hold your breath this is sprint you are talkin about. I have been waiting for a replacement to my arrive for years!!! I think this is the best sprint will get for a loooooonnnngggg while.

6. gd761

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

That was ALL Done on PURPOSE!

7. g2a5b0e unregistered

It's doing it again. Don't take it to Best Buy. The Geek Squad knows nothing.

10. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

I hope around the time they release this thing they will have a nokia model ready for release.

11. BennyDBowser

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Good detailed atticle

13. Padfoneluva

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 11, 2012

OK so this phone has been out for a year but it hasn't even been released in the USA yet. So what?? As it is it exceeds or matches most of Nokia's offerings already so I don't understand why everybody and his uncle are crying over this. I think Nokia's Lumia's are as exciting as a bucket of water, there I said it. Nokia can't seem to make up there minds on what they are making phones or camera's! When I want to capture memories I'm NOT reaching for a damn cell phone, I'll use one of the 3 camera's I own. Taking pix with your cell is just a convenience not a make or break issue. Now that I've read the article I do understand some things though. I had no idea the manufacturers cannot tamper with the OS so they have to make the phone stand out hardware wise. This is a great idea that way no matter what phone you buy you get the same Windows experience. I really wish MS had chosen some other company to build it's "flagship" phones, that way we might actually get something other than a camera you can make calls with. The ASUS Padfone would have been AWESOME!
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2000 mAh(15h talk time)

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