- 11-20-2012, 10:23 PM #76
Couple that in with the fact that the Odyssey name matches the name reported in court documents that included specs - dual core 1.5GHZ snapdragon and HD AMOLED screen with a 4.65" display. I'm sure the name is just a coincidence - just like Verizon calling the HTC 8X the Accord - it's development code name.
I am very sure the Odyssey is a high end device. In fact, there have been some hints that it will be the highest end device released for WP8, surpassing the 920. The buzz inside VZW is that there are some secret killer features. I don't know what they are, but Samsung and Verizon both worked on this one spec wise.
The Marco is the ultimate budget phone.
Right...and how exactly is stating the NAME of the device...no specs...no pictures....driving up expectations? It's obviously having the exact opposite impact on me. I have zero expectations for the Odyssey. Precisely because all they did was mention its name.
It looks to me like Verizon rolls by designing custom phone chassis where I can only assume the primary goal is "how can we maximize the size and placement of our hideous logo?"
Case in point was when I was using a friends' iPhone 5. They are AT&T. Here in the heart of Tampa Bay I was using the LTE connection and it dropped down to EDGE while I was sitting in a static location. It was jumping between EDGE, HSPA, and LTE. No consistency in a place they apparently have great coverage. Same place and my brother's Razr Maxx had full LTE bars from Verizon the whole way. This has not been isolated in my experience. When I was playing with a 920 at an AT&T store, it was not able to get LTE coverage and also dropped down to EDGE. I've talked to a lot of AT&T customers who say this is a much more frequent occurrence for them than it should be.
Yet my old Trophy for VZW never loses the 3G signal unless it loses everything when I'm out in the middle of nowhere - and even then it usually gets a signal.
That's how Verizon rolls. Network first. Don't go crazy hyping phones. Make sure the focus stays on the network and not on the phones. Whenever they display the superiority of their network in simple terms, they end up getting huge customer booms from people dissatisfied with their competitors.
All that said, the Odyssey will be a high end phone with a HD display.
11-21-2012, 09:44 AM #77
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I am a long time Blackberry user looking to make the move to WP. Very interested in the high end "rumored" Samsung (Odyssey) phone. Curious to know how you get your information and how you are so confident that Verizon will have this high end phone in December.
Convince me a Samsung high end WP will release on Verizon in December.
The Nokia 822 and HTC 8X just don't do it for me but would be willing to pull the trigger (with reservations) on one of them.
Thank you sir.
- 11-21-2012, 12:46 PM #78
- 11-21-2012, 11:21 PM #79
When the Odyssey was announced at the WP8 rollout, my source and many in the corporate sales end at VZW were surprised and they instantly thought it was a rebranded ATIV S. They knew they were supposed to be getting a high end Samsung device for WP8 and a low end one.
So then the FCC tests and the leaked image came out. The Verizon people made it known down the line to the corporate sales people that the leaked image was not the Odyssey but was the Marco, the entry level phone that is scheduled to be released at around the same time.
Both the Odyssey and Marco were mentioned in court documents Samsung filed in the Apple case. The Odyssey was spec'ed at 4.65" with HD AMOLED while the Marco was 4" SD AMOLED.
The leaked image and measured size are consistent with the description of the Samsung Marco. My source also has said that it is the Marco, likely to be offered as a free WP8 device. The Odyssey is something different. Talk inside VZW is that there are a few bells and whistles that may surprise but it is not known what they are. It also sounds like it is being tested by a third party (as is allowed by the FCC) to hide some of the info on it.
The date I was told was December 13. Release dates are very fluid, however. The launch WP8 devices had been scheduled to launch earlier initially. This is why Verizon tends to avoid announcing much more than a week out. The 822 was a bit different due to the WP8 launch event, but most of the time they prefer to give a week's notice, wanting the phone in their possession before they announce it.
- 11-27-2012, 09:11 PM #83
Looks like another week or two delay, if the report is correct, until the end of December for arrival of the ATIV S/Odyssey. I was hoping for the 13th but looking more like they might miss the holidays now.
Samsung Ativ S delayed yet again : The Droid Guy
- 11-28-2012, 11:09 PM #84
That said, phone release dates are usually in flux until the end. There can be a constraint on a single part that can delay the entire handset. The Windows Phones were supposed to launch earlier than they did. I can tell you of about half a dozen times I know of where Android handsets were delayed, in some cases by many months (this happened with the Bionic, for instance). Even the Trophy was delayed by several weeks. It's not odd for any phone to be delayed, especially when they are announced before production has begun. Apple usually announced the iPhone when they are already in production. The WP8 devices were mostly announced ahead of production.
We'll know in about another week if the Odyssey was also delayed. The announcement should come around next Thursday or just after and Verizon might open up the phone for preorders. But they won't announce it until they actually have it.
12-01-2012, 03:48 PM #85
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Long time reader, first time poster...
I'm interested in this phone as well, but I have a question... Will the reception be better? Since it's been stated that Samsung and Verizon are teaming up for this phone, are they working together so that the reception will be the best possible? I currently have a Samsung Fascinate Android phone, but looking to make the switch when my upgrade is available. I've been thinking the Nokia 822 since the reception seems to be the best on that phone from what I've read in other threads. I travel up and down mountains daily so I lose reception regularly with my current phone, but I see other people on their phone when I have no signal. So, I'm hoping the reception will at least be a little better.
- 12-03-2012, 01:01 PM #87
- 12-04-2012, 08:07 AM #89
They have been real hush on the details, which in my opinion means one of two things. A. They are not near release, and it hasn't even hit manufacturing yet. Or B. All the companies and vendors involved have decided for the first time in history, to not leak ANY details on the device.
Being I dropped my phone last night and it's getting held together with spit and bailing wire, I think it's A. because that would mean more pain for me, and that make sense. From a profitability standpoint, one would want to get it released before Christmas. But there is the after Christmas blah season, where people might want a new device. I really want to see this device soon. Or at least, an official announcement with specs so I can hold out until then. As it is now, this forum is the only thing keeping hope alive.
- 12-06-2012, 09:34 AM #92
I am so past looks. Give me the features I want. Looks are great, but I need to be sure that it will work for me going forward.... No news so far. I am amazed there are no leaks on this device, pricing or anything. If it's so close to launch, this is a bad sign.
- 12-06-2012, 09:39 AM #93
12-06-2012, 04:13 PM #98
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- 12-07-2012, 08:23 AM #99
Verizon will sometimes just drop a phone into their stores and online marketplace with no notice or only a few days notice for preorders. But manufacturer delays are not uncommon. It's why they try to avoid announcing phones too far ahead. Verizon's policy is not to promote a phone until they have it in hand. If Samsung doesn't deliver the phone to them until next Wednesday, then Verizon will just drop it into the store on Thursday morning.
- 12-07-2012, 09:51 PM #100
As much as everyone says the ATIV S is a different phone than the Odyssey, with respect to the delays this is irrelevant. The primary reason for ATIV S delay is that it shares the same screen as GS3 & Samsung is opting to push out more GS3 rather than produce WP8. Maybe I'm mistaken but I thought the ATIV Odyssey was going to use the same screen as ATIV S, which would screw over both phones.