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Call quality:

Call quality on the Samsung ATIV S is a mixed bag. Incoming voice quality is so-so, with very good loudness and mediocre clarity. On the opposite end, things are a bit worse, as the mic of the ATIV S doesn't really do anything to improve the experience. Thankfully, there's a second mic for noise-cancellation which does a good job of eliminating the ambient sounds around you.


The Samsung ATIV S is equipped with a 2300 mAh battery, but unfortunately, the manufacturer hasn't disclosed information about the stand-by and talk times that should be expected out of the phone. During our testing, we noticed that that phone wasn't so quick to drain the battery, in spite of the large screen (though we were using it at medium brightness). Our guess is that users will be able to get about two days out of the ATIV S, with moderate usage. As always, super-heavy users will have to charge the phone each day. Still, this is a pretty decent achievement for such a large-screened smartphone.


There's a lot to love in the ATIV S. It's not the perfect smartphone, but it has a large and eye-catching Super AMOLED screen, as well as decent exterior and stable performance. It may not be particularly pretty, but it sure does stand out from the rest of the WP8 offerings.

Where it falls a bit short is the camera and call quality departments, but if this isn't such a big issue for you, we believe you won't regret investing in the ATIV S.

Overall, it's clear that there's still a lot of work to be done on Windows Phone 8, but the platform is beginning to assume a quite competitive stance. Using it is definitely a joy, and the ATIV S is only contributing to this compelling experience. It's a feature-packed smartphone for heavy users, which can easily go toe-to-toe with other top-shelf smartphones in almost all areas, except for the app catalog.

Software version of the reviewed unit: OS 8.0.9900.568, Firmware 2424.12.09.7

Samsung ATIV S Video Review:


  • Very large screen
  • microSDXC card slot


  • A bit too big for some users
  • Camera and camcorder could be better

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