Posts tagged with: ATIV S
  • by | September 13, 2013 6:58 PM

    Recently, we've been thinking a lot about the future of Windows Phone and Microsoft's OEM partners, now that the company is swallowing up Nokia and the Lumia brand. We know that Huawei is along for the ride, but haven't heard much about what's next for companies like HTC or Samsung. Well, this almost certainly predates the Nokia announcement by a good chunk of time, but it looks like Samsung may have been working on a new WP8 model, showing up today in FCC paperwork. The phone is Samsung model SGH-i187. That number first appeared a little earlier this summer in benchmark results, but FCC ...

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  • by | August 30, 2013 12:36 PM

    Sometimes, as a tech reviewer, you encounter a smartphone so good that you don't want to send it back to the manufacturer at the end of the review period. Other times, you can't wait to drop it in the mail and scurry back to the safety of your daily driver. For this reviewer, Samsung's ATIV S Neo is, unfortunately, an example of the latter. Not because it does much wrong, necessarily, but because it's almost totally unremarkable - and it fails to live up to a promise Sprint made its users back in January not to relaunch its Windows Phone lineup on six-month-old hardware. Indeed, the Neo is ...

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  • by | July 18, 2013 3:54 PM

    One week ago, we saw Microsoft post a new entry on its Windows Phone 8 update history page, describing the platform's GDR2 update. While it was arriving from the factory on certain new handset, we had yet to witness the update go out to existing phones. Seeing that page change made us wonder if updates were forthcoming, and it seems that notion was right on the money; let's take a look at what's happened. You may have already heard that GDR2 updates were spotted a little earlier this week heading out to the unlocked Samsung Ativ S. That's no longer sounding like an isolated case, as today ...

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  • by | July 3, 2013 12:19 PM

    Update 2: We have us a winner! Please join us in congratulating Julian Brecevic of Australia, who'll be taking home this giveaway's LG Optimus G! Thanks to all those who helped propel our review count to stratospheric levels, almost tripling it from 29 to 89! We know some of you were upset about the iTunes-only qualifier, but we'll have more giveaways in the future, and some of them will be broader. Again, thanks so much for listening - and stay tuned for much more in the weeks and months ahead. Update: We're still waiting to hear back from our prospective winner, folks - once he replies ...

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  • by | May 27, 2013 7:00 PM

    Watch todays's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about some more renders of the Google Nexus 4 in white. We then move over to cover more Nokia executive talk about Lytro technology reaching their new Lumia camera. Then we talk about the codename for the possible HTC One phablet that's already quite anticipated. We later go through some Galaxy S 4 mini leaks happening in Samsung's own website. We end today's show talking about the Samsung Premiere 2013 event and what this could mean to both the Galaxy and ATIV line-up. All this and more after the break. Stories: - White Nexus 4 renders reportedly ...

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  • by | May 9, 2013 7:01 AM

    Most new-device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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  • by | March 28, 2013 1:40 PM

    We love us some new technology, and we certainly give it its fair shake on today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly. But every so often, you need to give a little lip-service to the tech of days gone by. The platforms and devices of yesteryear. That's right: I'm talking about dead technology. It makes sense, then, that a man going by the twitter handle DeadTechnology is here to help us dust off those fond memories. In his inaugural visit to the Pocketnow Weekly, our own Adam Doud pulls back the veil of public apathy secrecy surrounding the phenomenon of the "webOS meetup," a regular ...

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  • by | March 26, 2013 2:49 PM

    Last week, we got an update on Sprint's plans to finally add Windows Phone 8 devices to its lineup, learning that the carrier had its eyes on a pair of phones with the intent on offering them this summer. While that news was nice to hear it kept us wondering: just which devices were we talking about? It's still not official, but a rumor attempting to ID this pair has just arrived, naming them as Samsung's ATIV S and the HTC device codenamed Tiara. That's an interesting selection, and has us just a bit upset with Sprint's earlier assurances that its first WP8 models would be "current" and ...

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  • by | January 25, 2013 2:03 PM

    All companies go through rough times. You may not see them financially at first, but it's always a matter of time before the rest of the signs of decline reach their bottom line. We've been worried about Microsoft's performance lately. Whether it's about not being able to deliver compelling products, or having the compelling products not really deliver, it seems that all the corporate genius that was so well put together by Bill Gates is just there to cash a check and be polite. The irony is to have to worry about Microsoft's marketing strategy for Windows Phone. I mean, aren’t they ...

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  • by | January 24, 2013 5:26 PM

    The newest Verizon Wireless smartphone, the ATIV Odyssey, is also the first Samsung-built Windows Phone 8 device to hit an American carrier. That said, it’s not the first ATIV-branded smartphone. That title belongs to the ATIV S, which we reviewed last month. By our count, that leaves two ATIV smartphones nimbly galloping about the globe, and damned if we're not gonna compare 'em. We unboxed the Odyssey yesterday, and today we braved sub-zero temperatures and brutal benchmark blockades to bring you the best in smartphone-comparison footage. In this quick look, we put these devices ...

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  • by | January 16, 2013 6:59 AM

    I’ve learned that there are two things about being a mobile-phone reviewer. The first thing: you get to handle awesome gadgetry days or weeks ahead of its official release date, and you’re not just allowed to use the heck out of it; you need to, in order to do your job. That’s the awesome thing. The other, less-awesome thing: you eventually have to give it all back. “Empty Nest” is a recurring column discussing what I miss -and what I don’t- about the devices I’ve had to return. ___ The Samsung ATIV S was a wily sucker. It was announced way back at IFA in August, ...

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  • by | December 28, 2012 3:19 PM

    I recently introduced my mother, a self-professed luddite, to the social photo-sharing app Instagram. It was a magical experience. In less than fifteen minutes, my mother was using faux HDR to bring out the midtones in her photos, slapping some frames on them, and sharing them across her just-created Instagram friends list (populated with many more Facebook-sourced names than either of us expected). None of the recent controversy surrounding Instagram's new terms of service mattered to my mom in this new world of photo-sharing, her first encounter with such a single-purpose social app. Its ...

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  • by | December 26, 2012 8:01 AM

    Another holiday season's come and (almost) gone, and if you're among the lucky ones, the receding tides of commercialism have left you with a bounty of gadgetry under your Christmas tree, Hanukkah bush, or other homespun symbol of holiday joy. The holiday season is a crucial one for all platforms, but this year we've had our eye trained especially closely on Windows Phone. At this time in 2011, the Microsoft device stable didn't offer much in the way of eye-catching goodies, with the then-unannounced Lumia 900 still months away from release. Would-be buyers of Windows Phone devices were ...

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  • by | December 20, 2012 7:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about our Samsung ATIV S review along with some specifics on why this phone is so hot. Then it's more $99 Nexus 7 talk, even though the price tag has grown a bit to $130 or $150. Then Samsung returns to the news, this time because they've just confirmed that they will be offering their Windows Phone legacy customers the 7.8 upgrade. Apple then shows us how they don't care about start-ups by the results of a recent story regarding the POP charger for iOS devices. We end today's show by talking about LG and how their advertisement is ridiculous in a ...

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  • by | December 20, 2012 6:29 PM

    Samsung's ATIV S might be late to the party, but the festivities are still in full swing in the Windows Phone 8 world as we close out the year. Since receiving our review unit, we've given you an unboxing and hardware tour, compared it to the Lumia 920, given it the full review treatment, and talked it to pieces on today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly. Now it's time to put it up against its Android-powered predecessor, its spiritual sibling, the Galaxy S III. Normally our comparison videos focus on specs, app launch times, benchmarks, and so forth. With a video like this, though, ...

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