Posts tagged with: ATIV S Neo
  • by | October 25, 2013 12:34 AM

    Samsung has sadly not been our favorite company this year when it comes to their support for their Windows Phone platform. Surely, yes, they've launched one phone here and there, but none of these have delivered on a better user experience than what we already get on other competing OEMs like Nokia or HTC. This year all we've seen from Samsung is the ATIV S Neo on Sprint, which sadly is anything but a flagship phone, and it seems that it's all that we're going to get. The company has just made it official that they're launching the phone on AT&T, and this is pretty much the same phone ...

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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 | August 29, 2013 11:38 AM

    It's the show that kicks off the fall season in consumer electronics and mobile technology, and we're going to be there, as always, to cover it. But IFA 2013 is next week - and last we checked our Novice's Guide to Chronometry and Basic Time Theory, there's a whole lotta time between this week and next. So let's fill it with speculation. Join Jaime Rivera, Taylor Martin, and Michael Fisher on a whimsical journey into the prospective future, as they bat around rumors and leaks concerning such luminaries as Samsung's Galaxy Note III, LG's new G Pad, a futuristic Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and ...

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  • by | August 28, 2013 12:15 PM

    We've reviewed the HTC 8XT and unboxed the Samsung ATIV S Neo - so even the occasional Pocketnow reader will know what comes next. That's right: as we continue to put our ATIV S Neo through the review ringer, we need to throw it head-to-head against the device that beat it to Big Yellow. In the below video, the new Samsung "high-ender" meets HTC's budget-phone-in-flagship-clothing for a showdown the likes of which you're not likely to see anywhere else. Why, you ask? Well, we'd like to believe it's because of our hard-hitting, incisive comparison style and sweet, slick cinematography ... ...

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  • by | August 21, 2013 3:01 PM

    When companies fight, customers (usually) lose - but podcasters win, big time. On this episode of the Pocketnow Weekly, we'll be reaping some of the few benefits of the great Google-Microsoft battle of 2013: namely, the ability to piss and moan and armchair-quarterback. Fortunately, we've got plenty of ammunition for the discussion, as we're also fresh from customizing our own Moto X devices, re-reviewing the Surface RT, and observing the initial, wobbly launch efforts behind the ATIV S Neo - not to mention wildly speculating about the almost-certainly-fictitious HTC One (Windows Phone 8 ...

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  • by | August 21, 2013 1:57 PM

    The HTC 8XT was the first Windows Phone in two years to launch on third-largest US carrier Sprint, and it was also Sprint's first Windows Phone 8 model ever. Despite these distinctions, though, the 8XT landed with a pretty ho-hum display and some software hiccups which cost it points in our full review. Those looking for a higher-end experience, then, will be heartened to know that Samsung is on duty: the company has spruced up the casing and a few internal components of its ATIV S, the Windows Phone 8 flagship we reviewed last year, and despite an initial delay, the newly-christened "ATIV ...

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  • by | August 16, 2013 12:55 PM

    Momentum this week has been building up towards retail availability of the Samsung ATIV S Neo for Sprint, only the second Windows Phone 8 handset to grace the carrier. After an early appearance on Samsung's site, we got confirmation from Sprint a couple days ago that sales of the ATIV S Neo would begin today, August 16. The thing is, Windows Phone fans who have long been waiting for this phone are walking away from Sprint stores empty-handed; what's going on? When checking out Sprint's announcement on Wednesday, we noted that sales of the phone would be available online, over the web, and ...

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  • by | August 14, 2013 2:14 PM

    Yesterday afternoon, we were talking about the Samsung ATIV S Neo, the company's latest Windows Phone 8 handset, and its first for Sprint. Samsung put a page up for the phone that gave us a more complete look at its specs than ever before, answering some outstanding questions, but we still didn't have a firm launch date. A leaked roadmap had suggested the ATIV S Neo would arrive this Friday, August 16, but even with that just days away, there was no official confirmation. Apparently Sprint was just holding out a little longer, and today goes ahead and confirms that rumored date. Just as ...

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  • by | August 13, 2013 4:36 PM

    It's been seven weeks since Sprint made good on its intent to finally get into Windows Phone 8 with the launch of the HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo. The 8XT has already gone up for sale, so there are no more secrets there, but we've been left with plenty of questions about the ATIV S Neo – after all, Sprint declined to provide some key hardware specs during its initial press release, and we've largely been left in the dark as to an actual retail launch date. While Sprint has still yet to expand on what it's told us about the phone, Samsung is stepping up to fill in some of the gaps. On ...

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  • by | July 23, 2013 5:39 PM

    Sprint finally showed up to the Windows Phone 8 party about a month ago, announcing both the HTC 8XT and the Samsung ATIV S Neo. At the time, the carrier wasn't ready to divulge just when each of these phones would become available. In the time since, we've seen the carrier announce a date for the 8XT, and even get started with sales. All the while, the situation's been quiet for the ATIV S Neo. We still don't have any official word, but a new leak may finally fill us in on when this handset will first go up for sale. According to this, Sprint expects to make the ATIV S Neo available on ...

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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 | June 26, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Samsung Galaxy S 4 with LTE-Advanced which was recently announced for the Korean market. We later talk about LG and the recently leaked photos of the Optimus G2. HTC follows with a new 8XT smartphone that borrows some Boom Sound love for Windows Phone, aside from the launch rumors of the HTC One mini. Motorola is next as we have a new logo, new leaks of a phone, and a new series of smartphones that will be called the Droid ULTRA. We end today's show talking Google's launch of their Google Edition HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4. All this ...

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  • by | June 26, 2013 10:36 AM

    We've known for a few months now that Sprint has finally decided to stop watching Windows Phone 8 from the sidelines and get itself involved with the platform through the release of a pair of smartphones. We've also known to expect those guys to launch sometime this summer, and rumors had pegged the pair as the Samsung ATIV S and the long-rumored HTC Tiara. Well, rather than tease up some launch event and drag things out, Sprint has gone ahead and surprised us all this morning with the announcement of the Samsung ATIV S Neo and the HTC 8XT. The 8XT nearly aligns with those rumored Tiara ...

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