Samsung ATIV S reviewed (video)

Pocketnow have posted their review of the Samsung ATIV S.

They found pros in the big screen, great battery life, good camera and expandable memory and removable battery, but were disappointed by the meagre software package, old design and middling voice quality.

They concluded:

Taking the whole Windows Phone landscape into consideration, it’s easy to see why some would be disappointed in this device, from an aesthetic perspective. The company has succeeded in building a nicer-looking smartphone than much of its competition … from last year. In 2012, though, the ATIV S’s design displays a singular lack of boldness when compared with its more bombastic counterparts from HTC and Nokia. Only part of that is color: the issue extends further, to concept. The squared-off HTC Windows Phones resemble the live tiles that they encase. Nokia’s Lumia line comprises uniquely built devices with enhanced features. Next to competition like this, the ATIV S comes off almost milquetoast by comparison.

But let’s leave all that behind and play the part of the average consumer. If you don’t care about where the phone fits in the landscape, and you’re just interested in a great Windows Phone experience, the ATIV S fits the bill, and then some. The display is the biggest available on the platform, and it’s gorgeous. The casing is conservative, but beautiful in an understated way. And in case we haven’t made it clear: the removable battery and expandable memory card slot put this phone in a class by itself. Samsung’s thin custom app selection and the device’s unremarkable audio quality might give some buyers pause, but ultimately the ATIV S is a great Windows Phone that we don’t hesitate to recommend.

Read their full review here.

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