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A budget WP8 phone that performs like a flagship

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The ATIV Odyssey looks like a budget phone, with its cheap construction and low-res screen, but it performs like a flagship.

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6.6
10 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    7.4
  • Display
    5.2
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Camera
    5.8
  • Ease of use
    7.5
  • Design and form factor
    6.1
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.2
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    7.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.5

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User reviews

8.0
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  • Reception and call quality
    10
  • Display
    8.0
  • Battery life
    10
  • Camera
    6.0
  • Ease of use
    10
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    10
  • Media support
    10
  • Durability
    6.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.0
8.0
Engadget Feb 4, 2013

The ATIV Odyssey looks like a budget phone, with its cheap construction and low-res screen, but it performs like a flagship in the benchmarks.

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6.0
CNET Jan 28, 2013

The Samsung Ativ Odyssey provides an affordable but not thrilling Windows Phone 8 experience.

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6.0
PC Mag Jan 25, 2013

As Samsung's first Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Ativ Odyssey for Verizon Wireless is a surprisingly underwhelming showing.

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8.0
WPCentral Jan 28, 2013

The Samsung ATIV Odyssey is a nice, mid-level Windows Phone. While it has some nice features the phone lacks a spotlight feature to give it a competitive edge over similarly priced Windows Phones.

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6.0
GSM Arena Mar 11, 2013

The handset looks hastily designed and executed in order to be able to play along with its rivals without grabbing too much attention ... Priced at $49.99 with a two-year commitment to Verizon Wireless, the Samsung Ativ Odyssey is not exactly dirt-cheap either.

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8.0
Digital Trends Jan 25, 2013

The bottom line is that the Samsung ATIV Odyssey is a well-designed, snappy phone that belies its budget nature and is well worth the asking price.

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5.0
MacNN Mar 14, 2013

The Ativ Odyssey is not a terrible phone, but like the entire Windows Phone platform, it seems to come across as too little, too late.

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4.0
MobileBurn Jan 31, 2013

It's difficult to recommend the ATIV Odyssey given that there is nothing particularly distinguishing or remarkable about the phone. It has the benefits of a stellar UI in Windows Phone 8 but doesn't have a first-rate app catalog, or even one that's as good as what's offered by Nokia.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jan 7, 2013

For anyone accustomed to larger devices, the first thing you'll notice is how tiny it looks and feels. It's definitely on the light side, and our hands wrapped around the phone quite easily. This gives it a little much-needed grip since the hyperglazed, semi-glossy back is completely smooth.

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TechCrunch Jan 7, 2013

All things considered, the ATIV Odyssey seems like a neat (if somewhat underwhelming) Windows Phone. Verizon may have a winner on its proverbial hands if they price the thing aggressively enough, but it’s not hard to see how a device like this could easily be overshadowed.

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PC Mag Jan 7, 2013

The Samsung Ativ Odyssey is much shorter than the HTC 8X, and it will fit well in smaller hands. The Ativ Odyssey has a 2100mAh battery, which will make for long battery life on a phone with a relatively small four-inch screen.

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SlashGear Jan 7, 2013

All in all, it falls well short of dramatic and struggles to really reach appealing, though for the target audience that’s probably not too much of an issue. Those looking for an entry-level smartphone with an approachable OS like Windows Phone will probably find something to like.

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WPCentral Jan 24, 2013

First impressions are good and we'll take the Odyssey out for a test drive over the next few days to get a better feel for things.

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TechRadar Jan 8, 2013

Admittedly, we were disappointed to see that Samsung's first Windows Phone 8 offering for the U.S. is a pared down budget device. However, we're glad to see electronics giant moving forward into Live Tile territory, albeit slowly.

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8.0
chris92 chris92

Reception and Call Quality: With Verizon, you can't go wrong with reception. I have, however, had many times where 4G service drops down to 3G in areas that should have sufficient 4G coverage. I think this more of a Verizon problem not deploying 4G on every tower. Call sound is great and...

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