Samsung ATIV Odyssey

80
Engadget
Score
80

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Samsung ATIV Odyssey review: a budget WP8 phone that performs like a flagship

Summary

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

Pros
  • Impressive performance for the price
  • Minimal bloatware
  • Expandable storage
Cons
  • Low-res screen
  • Underwhelming camera performance
  • Cheap-feeling construction
Samsung ATIV Odyssey review: a budget WP8 phone that performs like a flagship

The Windows Phone 8 deluge is slowly starting to taper off. HTC and Nokia have made their presence known with loud, bold statements and even Huawei has gotten in on the action. Meanwhile Samsung has already blessed the market with its flagship ATIV S, a respectable rehash of the Galaxy S III with a Microsoft soul. Nokia and HTC even have their respective mid-range models on the market. Which leaves just one slot to be filled: a budget offering from Sammy. With the debut of the ATIV Odyssey it's safe to assume that the Windows Phone landscape won't be changing too dramatically in the immediate future. (Of course, Mobile World Congress could make a liar out of us in short order.)

The ATIV S simply doesn't have the pomp and flash (though, it has the guts) to run with the Lumia 920 and HTC 8X. But in the mid-range, where gimmicks and style often take a backseat to functionality, perhaps Samsung can carve out a space for itself among the Redmond faithful? Last year's Focus 2 and 2011's Focus Flash struck a winning combination of price and functionality by offering comparable specs to their higher-end competitors. Just over a year later, the question is whether that's still a winning combination in a market that's significantly broadened its horizons.

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Scores

Engadget

80
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
7.3
Display
4.9
Battery life
8.2
Camera
5.8
Ease of use
7.0
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Specs

ATIV

Type
Smartphone (Windows Phone)
Talk time
3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
8 GB
Screen size
4 inches
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Specs

ATIV

Type
Smartphone (Windows Phone)
Talk time
3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
8 GB
Screen size
4 inches
View Full Specs
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