Samsung ATIV Odyssey
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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.
- Impressive performance for the price
- Minimal bloatware
- Expandable storage
- Low-res screen
- Underwhelming camera performance
- Cheap-feeling construction
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Samsung ATIV Odyssey
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- 64AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsEngadget80Samsung ATIV Odyssey review: a budget WP8 phone thThe ATIV Odyssey looks like a budget phone, with its cheap construction and low-res screen, but it performs like a flagship in the benchmarks.CNET60Samsung Ativ Odyssey review: Windows Phone 8 at aThe Samsung Ativ Odyssey provides an affordable but not thrilling Windows Phone 8 experience.PC Mag60Samsung Ativ Odyssey (Verizon Wireless)As Samsung's first Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Ativ Odyssey for Verizon Wireless is a surprisingly underwhelming showing.PC MagNot RatedHands On With Verizon's Samsung Ativ Odyssey at CEThe 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.TechCrunchNot RatedHands On With Verizonâ€™s Elusive Samsung ATIV OdyAll 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.EngadgetNot RatedSamsung ATIV Odyssey for Verizon hands-on (update: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.SlashGearNot RatedVerizonâ€™s Samsung ATIV Odyssey hands-onAll 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.GSM Arena60Samsung Ativ Odyssey review: Pocket journeyThe 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.Windows Central80Samsung ATIV Odyssey Windows Phone ReviewThe 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.Phone Scoop60Review: Samsung ATIV Odyssey for Verizon WirelessIn the end, I'd only recommend the ATIV Odyssey to die-hard Samsung fans who prefer form over function.Windows CentralNot RatedFirst impression with the Verizon Samsung ATIV OdyFirst 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.TechRadarNot RatedHands on: Samsung Ativ Odyssey reviewAdmittedly, 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.MacNN50Review: Samsung Ativ OdysseyThe Ativ Odyssey is not a terrible phone, but like the entire Windows Phone platform, it seems to come across as too little, too late.Business Insider70REVIEW: Samsung's New Windows PhoneIt's a decent option if you want to give Windows Phone a try without breaking the bank.Digital Trends80Samsung ATIV Odyssey ReviewThe 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.MobileBurn40Samsung ATIV Odyssey Review (Verizon)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.
- 80AVERAGE USER SCORE1 ReviewsEngadget Reader80October 31, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 always clear.Display: Okay, sure its only 480x800, but many Windows Phones are that Resolution! It definitely doesn't hinder the look. Plus, its OLED, so colors are very vibrant. Because it's small form factor, things still look pretty crisp.Battery Life: WOW! Best battery life in a phone I've ever seen! I EASILY get 2 days of battery life with normal use. I have 5 E-mail accounts syncing either real-time or every 15 minutes, get about 100-200 texts per day, and surf the internet as well as check my e-mail. Even with heavy usage - now I've been streaming a few hours of Pandora every day, my battery usually is around 30% after a long day. I went out camping over the summer, and bought 3 extra batteries just in case, and went a week and a half easily on 4 batteries total. If you turn on battery saver, you can squeeze 3 days of battery granted you have decent cell service.Camera: pretty good, but definitely not the best. Outside pictures are excellent; pictures that require flash are so-so. It's certainly and Improvement from my HTC Trophy I came from. I wouldn't buy it for the camera - pack an actual camera if you need one.Ease of Use: Windows Phone 8 is by far the easiest to use. No app crashing, freezing, resets or anything. It is extremely stable and responsive. Very impressed!Design and Form Factor: I chose this phone because of the smaller screen. I prefer a smaller phone, because many of the Android ones are ginormous! Design is pretty modern, like the other Samsung phones - curved corners with a plastic frame/body. This is pretty similar to the Galaxy s4 in design and materials. Ports and Buttons are in good places, overall very good!Portability: Pretty light! This is like most of the newer phones for 2012/2013 where they are very light. It doesn't feel very solid though. It's small form factor makes it very easy to carry around especially in the pocket - it doesn't bulge out of you pocket and look like you are carrying a pack of cigarettes like many phones.Media Support: With the Windows Phone 8 OS, media support is pretty good. I use Pandora to play music, as well as saved music on a micro SD card. For videos, I use the Plex app so I can watch TV shows stored at my house. No problems with video or audio playback. I also use Tune-in Radio for internet streaming.Durability: Since it is like many of the other Samsung products, durability isn't the greatest. After a few months of use, I already see part of the plastic chipping/pealing away around the USB charging port, and the headphone port. I haven't had anything break on me, but it definitely isn't as solid as a Nokia Lumia or iPhone.Ecosystem: Not too bad - it's Windows Phone, so if you need your Snapchat app, you aren't going to find it (there is a psudo-alternative). Who needs to waste their time on that nonsense anyways! Internet Explorer, E-mail support, Maps, and all the other general apps you'll find are fantastic. There is only one app that I have found that doesn't run well on this phone - Words with Friends. I'm not sure why, this phone has a Dual Core 1.5Ghz processor and 1GB of RAMOverall, I would recommend this phone to anyone looking for a phone. There are always going to be those people who scold you for using Windows Phone, but they do not know how much better it is than Android or iOS. I only played around with an Android phone for 3 minutes to notice how less responsive and slower feel it had compared to a Windows Phone. It's a heck times cheaper than an iPhone (I bought mine $150 outright on eBay). This is defiantly the best bang for your buck.
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