Posts tagged with: ATIV S
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    On the eve of the Mayan Apocalypse, three men gather to talk strategy, survival ... and smartphones. This week on the Pocketnow Weekly, we discuss what device we'd like at our side for the end of the world, before going for a quick dip in the nostalgia pool with a chat about running new Android software on old devices. After that, we knock around some Samsung Galaxy-family speculation, then dive headlong into a rundown of the merits and drawbacks of the new Samsung ATIV S, before touching on the tablet-smartphone interaction issue. Finally, we wrap it all up with some tablet speculation ...

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    "The next big thing is already here." The slogan, emblazoned on billboards and tee-shirts across the globe, was Samsung's go-to-market buzzphrase for the launch of its 2012 superphone, the Galaxy S III. It reflects the scope of that massive rollout, perhaps the largest in Android history, and the ambitious aspirations of the company behind it. The buzz and bombast of that device's unveiling -and, more recently, that of the Galaxy Note II- underscored the cocksure attitude of a company that knew it had a hit on its hands. Samsung, the globe's leading handset vendor, was on top of the world, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through our initial coverage of the much-anticipated Samsung ATIV S. Then we go through more Samsung news, only that this time with some unexpected, and not-so-stellar Galaxy Grand announcement. Then we talk about the HTC M7 leaks along with the bad news that the HTC Butterfly won't reach Europe. Google makes the news afterwards as their Play Store fills our Christmas hopes with lots of deals until January 1st 2013. We end today's show talking about Nokia's plans to bring Windows Phone 7.8 to previous Lumia devices, and the news aren't good. All this ...

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    As far as Windows Phone is concerned, they're the kings of their respective brands. One is a sculpted polycarbonate nugget of technology with an emphasis on form over function; the other is a comparatively conservative slab of faux metal, bearing the most user-accessible customizability we've seen in the premium Windows Phone 8 space. But will an expandable memory card slot, removable battery, and giant display be enough to put the Samsung ATIV S over the top in the battle with the incumbent heavyweight of the Windows Phone 8 space, the Nokia Lumia 920? Or will its lean custom app ...

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    It was the first Windows Phone 8 device to officially break cover, but in a strange twist of circumstance, it's turned out to be (presumably) the last major Windows Phone release of 2012. Coming in behind the HTC Windows Phones and Nokia's Lumia family, we recently asked whether the ATIV S was still worth waiting for. That's a question we won't be able to answer in full until the completion of our review process, but that's a procedure we can get started on right now. That's because, thanks to the fine folks at Samsung, an ATIV S just showed up at our door. Follow along with us as we unbox ...

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    Products sometimes hit the market later than expected. That's true in any field, and the world of mobile technology is no exception. We've seen countless delayed smartphones and tablets -including the just-launched HTC One VX, hitting shelves much later than anticipated- so at first glance all the fuss about the ATIV S seems a little like an overreaction. That is, until you look at the device in context. The ATIV S is a significant entrant into the Windows Phone 8 space. It's the first Windows Phone device with a 4.8-inch display. Its ATIV branding (new though it is) connotes a high-end ...

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    A little earlier today we learned that, contrary to what all the nay-sayers would have us believe, Samsung's premiere Windows Phone 8 entry, the ATIV S, would arrive this year after all, with sales starting later this week. Even if the phone won't be coming to carriers near you in the immediate future, that needn't keep you from getting your hands on the smartphone, as we've just caught wind of the first independent retailers announcing their own plans for the ATIV S, along with its Windows 8 tablet cousin, the ATIV Tab. UK-based retailer Clove will have both the ATIV S and ATIV Tab ...

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    With all the back and forth regarding the launch of the Samsung ATIV S -- otherwise the first Windows Phone 8 device ever officially announced, apparently the last on the shelves -- it is reassuring to hear some good news if you are a fan of the platform and of the South Korean manufacturer. Samsung still promised a 2012 launch of the phone -- and it appeared recently on T-Mobile Austria -- and it looks like our neighbors in Canada will be the lucky ones, if this report is to be believed. According to the leak above, Friday, December 14, 2012 is the day you should be able to snatch one ...

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    Despite all the uncertainty surrounding the Samsung ATIV S -- the first Windows Phone 8 announced -- the manufacturer has published two new videos starring the phone which, as far as we can wrap our hands around the situation, will be available in some countries this month, in others in January, and worldwide in February. Nonetheless, if you are interested in official Samsung videos about the design and software of the phone, as well as the social media and camera aspects of the ATIV S, you should check out the videos below. They don't bring too much to the table and certainly nothing that ...

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    Does anyone really know what's going on with the Samsung ATIV S at this point? The earliest-announced Windows Phone model's retail debut has been a subject of much debate over the past few months. First it's delayed, and then it's not, and we just heard yesterday that the phone might not even show its face until February 2013. Once again, Samsung is having to speak out to confirm its plans to release the phone before the year's out. This time, it was WPCentral that managed to get Samsung's ear, where the manufacturer confirmed that the ATIV S is still scheduled for the "end of the year". ...

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