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    I've got a Samsung Omnia 7 so my natural upgrade would have been the ATIV S, however support for the Omnia has been dreadful and Samsung don't give two hoots about Windows Phone. So I'm not buying this, it will be a Nokia or HTC phone for me.
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    The ATIV offers more for you bucks. Is the best Windows Phone in my eyes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winterfang View Post
    The ATIV offers more for you bucks. Is the best Windows Phone in my eyes.
    Heh, every phone except a Nokia is the best Windows Phone in your eyes. :lol:
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    The ATIV is a fantastic device and it comes from proven hardware. It represents the best hardware samsung had until the Note II.

    Also it has huge advantages (practical ones) over the competition.

    Better black levels on the screen.
    Huge screen
    720P actually gives you more screen real state.
    Beautiful device, just stunning. In a different way than its colorful competition.
    Super slim
    Crazy light
    One of the best cameras in the market.
    Biggest battery size
    Removable battery
    SD card support.

    Can't go wrong with the ATIV S. You just can't.
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    Has anyone pre-ordered the ATIV S at this point? I'm completely on the fence and really wish there were more reviews out there [thorough as the GSMArena one was, I'd like more than one opinion!]
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    #56  
    There is no real need to preorder a WP device. Just wait till they come out and go to the store.
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    #57  
    Quote Originally Posted by aximtreo View Post
    I would have thought someone would have added this benefit to the ATIV s. Samsung Smart TV integration. My wife and I are into dog agility and I video most of the runs in a days meet. It would be nice to come home, click the smart button and see these runs on a large screen TV.

    All of the other things mentioned here are good points; just adding a subtle one to the list.:D
    DLNA via Nokia play can do this on a Samsung Smart TV
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    Quote Originally Posted by blehblehbleh View Post
    Heh, every phone except a Nokia is the best Windows Phone in your eyes. :lol:
    Heck, if they still made a Motorola Startac for WP8, it would be a better choice than a Nokia.


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    #59  
    It seems that ATT is not getting this phone in the US, is that correct?

    I want to get it off contract maybe anyways. I have a Note 1 (which I actually really like the screen...just don't like Droid too much, although I do like it better than iOS), so I could sell it and buy the Ativ S.

    What are the best places to buy things off contract in the US?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smidgerine View Post
    It seems that ATT is not getting this phone in the US, is that correct?
    This the second time I've heard this. Where is this coming from? Has any carrier claimed to be getting this phone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wspaw View Post
    This the second time I've heard this. Where is this coming from? Has any carrier claimed to be getting this phone?
    Carriers haven't even mentioned the Ativ S at all, these are all just pure rumor. I imagine that At&t will get it especially, since At&t has carried every single Samsung Windows Phone device to date, that no other carrier has gotten.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitlov View Post
    Now that the initial dust has settled and the passions have calmed, let's talk calmly and objectively about the competing WP8 flagships. The Lumia 920 has gotten a lot of hype for bringing some new features (OIS, glove-friendly touchscreen, etc) to the table. But that doesn't mean it's the right choice for everyone, and I also believe that Samsung isn't exactly bringing a knife to a gunfight. What are solid reasons for choosing the Ativ S over the 920?

    The ones I thought of are:

    bigger screen
    lighter weight (about 2/3s the weight, i think)
    expandable memory

    Others?
    Bigger screen with less resolution. You can scratch "bigger screen" off your list as an advantage. 4.5" is more than big enough. I wish Nokia had made the phone smaller and gave us that resolution in a 4.3".

    A bigger screen isn't an advantage if you get fewer pixels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winterfang View Post
    The ATIV is a fantastic device and it comes from proven hardware. It represents the best hardware samsung had until the Note II.

    Also it has huge advantages (practical ones) over the competition.

    Better black levels on the screen.
    Huge screen
    720P actually gives you more screen real state.
    Beautiful device, just stunning. In a different way than its colorful competition.
    Super slim
    Crazy light
    One of the best cameras in the market.
    Biggest battery size
    Removable battery
    SD card support.

    Can't go wrong with the ATIV S. You just can't.
    Sounds like it might be the best phone you've never touched/used or seen.

    I always look forward to reading your decisive critiques of phones you have never used, very entertaining stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winterfang View Post
    Better black levels on the screen.
    Huge screen
    Yeah, keep in mind that AMOLED screens have horrible colour reproductions, they have bad burn-in - and ATIV S has pentile pixel layout - which makes the text and fine details look a bit ****.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulm187 View Post
    I've got a Samsung Omnia 7 so my natural upgrade would have been the ATIV S, however support for the Omnia has been dreadful and Samsung don't give two hoots about Windows Phone. So I'm not buying this, it will be a Nokia or HTC phone for me.

    I have the same complaints about my HD7. Which is a shame, cuz the 8S and 8X are both really nice but I already vowed to never buy HTC again...
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    I have an Omnia 7 which I love so much that I'm still not sure I need to upgrade to a WP8 phone.

    If Nokia made a slightly smaller thinner version of the 920 (basically a WP8 version of the Lumia 800) I would probably be all over it. The Lumia 820 doesn't have a curved glass screen or gorilla glass so that's not an option.

    However, I like the styling of the ATIV S. I like the removable battery and expandable storage. I love the super bright colours and deep blacks of AMOLED screens. I like the price: the unlocked version is only slightly more than the HTC 8X and a lot cheaper than the Lumia 920.

    Tough choices.
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    I have used the ATIV S last week at a Microsoft conference for about 20 minutes and I have to say it did not disappoint. It felt less plasticky than the S3, it's really thin and light (in comparison to the 920) and the blacks of course look a lot darker than on the non AMOLED Phones available. It also felt speedier than the other Windows Phones, which seems rather strange. I guess it was an illussion because of the screen being larger and the animations looking more in your face and the colors more popping. Also the built quality felt really good. The Galaxy Nexus is horrible if you ask me, but this felt a bit above the S3. It also looks much more manly in comparison to the S3.

    I personally was going back and forward between waiting for the ATIV S and buying the 920. I decided to get the 920 as, after almost a year, with the Galaxy Nexus, I thought the ATIV S looked boring and "done before" to me. Also, I am afraid of the support Samsung will be giving this device. It almost looks like they made this Phone just to have a Windows Phone, not because they want to make this Phone a hit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by futurix View Post
    Yeah, keep in mind that AMOLED screens have horrible colour reproductions, they have bad burn-in - and ATIV S has pentile pixel layout - which makes the text and fine details look a bit ****.
    If AMOLED is so terrible why did NOKIA use it on the 82x? IMO I think Nokia would have used it on the 920 too if it Samsung hadn't virtually cornered the high end market in that display tech.

    Pentile at HD resolutions also is much less noticeable, and reportedly greatly reduces chances of burnin as they are more able to make pixel wear even by using uneven subpixel sizes.

    Color may be less accurate but I wouldn't say horrible, and given how much of WP8 revolves around staring at tiles, AMOLED is really ideal for those tiles to pop in particular.


    The areas I think Nokia will have Samsung beat no matter how hard they try is: Camera quality, and audio recording quality - mainly because both are above and beyond anything else out there on the 920.
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    Love the looks of the Samsung Ativ . But !! Only thing that puts me of this phone will be support for it. We all know wp8 is hit and miss with bugs . So if this phone comes bug free it stand a good chance in market sales . After all the Samsung focus running wp7 was the top dog not all that long ago..
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    Quote Originally Posted by socialcarpet View Post
    Bigger screen with less resolution. You can scratch "bigger screen" off your list as an advantage. 4.5" is more than big enough. I wish Nokia had made the phone smaller and gave us that resolution in a 4.3".

    A bigger screen isn't an advantage if you get fewer pixels.
    Not everything is about packing more stuff onto a screen. Bigger screen with same pixels = easier on old eyes and fat fingers.
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    Accessories, since this is based on the famous S3 layout therefore you can find many good cover or casing in the market compare to other models
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    Quote Originally Posted by mashuri lambana View Post
    Accessories, since this is based on the famous S3 layout therefore you can find many good cover or casing in the market compare to other models
    That would be risky as its a slightly different size and layout.
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    Amoled should make WP8 really POP. (I personally prefer AMOLED as well)
    Same great camera from the S3.
    Expandable storage is HUGE imo.
    Big 2300 mAH battery plus AMOLED(should be more efficient since there's a lot of black in WP8) should equal better battery life.
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    I find myself quite conflicted on this, too. On the one hand, I love the better battery capacity (which is critically important to me, because I'm home very rarely and sometimes can't plug my phone in for long stretches) and expandable storage. I work in a warehouse cooler and get extremely poor reception in there, PLUS my data plan is very tight. I could probably get by on the 920, but I really, REALLY want to see some real-world battery comparisons. Does the larger screen impact battery life dramatically? Did Nokia use more energy-efficient components? These are answers I need before I decide.

    Also, I do wear a collared shirt on many days, so the thinner-and-lighter would be a bonus for me. Also, with the AMOLED vs PureMotion+ (or whatever it's called), I guess I'll have to see them both in motion before I decide.
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    Winterfang is anti nokia. he will do anything to support non nokia phones. First it was 8x. now Ativ.. lets see when Attiv lands.
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