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.

Messaging

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.

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