- 12-15-2012, 09:54 PM #1
I have only had an Ativ S for about 7 hours, so this first post will only represent my initial impressions of the phone.
Background - in 2012 I have used three Windows Phones previously, the 710 for four months, the 900 for about seven, and the 920 for 15 days. I enjoy the Lumia experience on the whole, however my 900 did not get data for the first six days I owned it, and then an update to fix something else disabled by internet sharing which I frequently enjoy using - never worked again afterwards. So that was frustrating. And then my 920 had the overheating issue, making it unpleasant to hold surfing the web which is the primary activity of my phones; it was returned and I went back to the 900. So, I feel like I gave Nokia a good kick at the can but wanted to try something new.
My User Type - I am a fairly conventional in my use. Lots of texts, about 20-30 e mails a day, casual Facebook/Twitter and a lot of web use. I am not a huge app users as most seem useless to me since WP renders the web so well and quickly. I take pictures, but of stupid things, so the low light super camera of the 920 is not a huge deal for me.
Cost of the Phone - it is priced to high. There were a lot of financial incentives thrown in that made it more tolerable to buy. If you do not have incentives then I would personally suggest waiting. Best part is a great quality Roots sweater thrown in for my WHL team! Go Wheaties Go!
OS - I will not touch on the OS too much as I believe that WP is WP is WP. It is slick, fast, and everything you would expect. And Microsoft, fix X Box Music!
Only Beef So Far - To get metric on the Maps app the phone has to be set to any language except "United States (English)." However, to use Local Scout the phone language has to be on "United States (English)." I do not speak imperial, and I love Local Scout. Hoping to find a solution for this.
Screen - I prefer the apparently "inferior" AMOLED screen on this bad boy compared to the 920. But both are amazing so I find this to be an apples to apples comparison. It seems a lot brighter than the 920 was and is a joy to look at. The sensitivity allows the use of gloves; I am in Manitoba so have already tested this extensively.
Physical Buttons - I accidently hit the home captive button on my 900 a lot. While the larger lower bezel on the 920 made this error substantially less frequent it also, in my opinion, makes the phone looks really disproportionate. In fact I found the 920 ugly when I first saw it. So for me, the physical home button is a plus. The sound control and sleep button (or whatever it is called) are placed very high - too high - so are a bit of a pain to use. Certainly I will acclimatize to it reasonably quickly.
Camera - it works well enough. Not much of a camera person here.
Vibrate - nice that the phone does not sound like it is falling apart when it vibrates. Although I was used to that on Lumia's people at work made fun of me lol
Battery Life - it would be unfair to judge at this point but seems reasonable. What I have noticed, though, is that it takes forever to charge! I was away from home for almost two hours to go to the gym, it was at 33% when I left and 89% on return. However, like most normal people, it will recharge at night so it so irrelevant. More to follow on this, though. Caveat - I do not really understand how phones actually work - but it looks like the GS III wireless recharging add-on could be used on the Ativ S if it is resized. That is the main feature of the 920 that gets me excited.
Size - this phone is big. Maybe too big for me? Certainly have hit the upper ends of what I will use.
Internet Sharing / Bluetooth / NFC - all worked well.
Custom Apps - have not really tried this yet. There are six Samsung exclusives, only "Now" seems of interest to me at this time. Looks like a reliable and attractive way to check the weather real quick.
Overall - the lighter weight is nice. The 920 did not bother me, but it is nice to not have the left side pocket of my coat drooping down a bit - sort of amazing what the fifty gram difference makes. With a bold but conservative look the phone will also fit my lifestyle well.
So far, so good. More to follow as the thing actually is tested over the next week in a more realistic environment.
- 12-15-2012, 09:54 PM #2
- 12-15-2012, 09:56 PM #3
Oh and one last thing!
Having switched 710 - 900 - 920 - 900 I had to start from scratch every time, except for items that carry on the MS account, Facebook, etc. I even had that switch app Nokia has. It did not work.
The 900 - Ativ S switch, though, carried EVERYTHING over. Ring tones, colour theme, apps, preferences, everything. My phone was set up while I was still reading my new terms of service on the contract. Awesome!
- 12-15-2012, 10:10 PM #4
I have one very minor gripe with the phone, and one very MAJOR gripe.
Minor: Physical home button takes some getting used to.
Major: Music sounds horrible through headphones. Even good ones. As a music lover, this has me thinking about returning it.
12-16-2012, 09:57 AM #5
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I'm also really interested more about the music quality of the phone, I haven' the opportunity to try the phone here in Finland yet. I don't listen to so much pop music, so emphasized bass isn't important to me, nor equalizer though it would be a good option. I found some reviews / hands on where they say the audio output is good and loud: Samsung Ativ S Review: Not the Best Windows Phone 8 Device, but the Design Shines (Video) - GSMDome.com Samsung Ativ S review: A fresh start - GSMArena.com
I use for best audio quality Shure SRH440 headphones.
Samsung Ativ S really seems interesting, good allrounder, but the audio output quality is really important for me also!
Samsung Ativ S or Nokia Lumia 820 - the one with the best music quality will be my next phone! :)
- 12-16-2012, 07:34 PM #6
- 12-16-2012, 09:59 PM #7
Today I received the updates that had been pushed to the 8X, call forwarding, call text reply and a few other things I didn't pay attention too. Every Samsung app was updated. Was nine total updates for me, however I have uninstalled some of the Samsung apps.
- 12-16-2012, 10:14 PM #8
It's funny when a device has some slower specs or are inferior in certain aspects to other device people justify that by saying; Ohhh that doesn't matter to me i don't use that feature that much.
If my device or the one i want has a camera, audio etc, for me it has to have the best camera , the best audio even if i don't use those features because that's why i'm paying for. I'm not going to come here and say Ohh the camera i don't care because i'm not a camera guy or i don't care about audio cause i don't use it with headphones or it doesn't matter i don't listen to music on it.
- 12-17-2012, 01:26 AM #11
It looks like a well made phone, but kind blah from the design perspective.
Seems to have pretty good specs, and while not my particular cup of tea, if it gets more people into WP, it's a great device.
It does look like it would at home in the board room in terms of design, so maybe that was Samsungs angle: upper end executive types?
- 12-17-2012, 08:07 AM #12
If you wan't that all powerful device, you better be prepared to pay top dollar for it, because you're going to get a custom made handset.
- 12-17-2012, 07:36 PM #13
- 12-17-2012, 10:58 PM #15
12-17-2012, 11:09 PM #16
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And believe it or not, my mother in law wouldn't have a data plan if she could. She mainly uses her iPhone with her home WiFi. So yes, those folks are out there
- 12-17-2012, 11:45 PM #17
I tested running my battery almost dry - I am on call at work so could not go all the way.
unplugged Sunday at eleven am, used roughly twenty minutes of talk, a ton of texts, thirty-ish e-mail, twenty five minutes of GPS, lots of internet, an OS update, and twenty or so song downloads. Also used it as a music device when showering and getting ready for work.
With a reasonably heavy workload it was at ten percent battery at 330pm today (Monday). Wow! It does still take a long time to charge, plugged it in at 330pm and left at 515pm for dinner and it only got to a charge of sixty percent or so.
12-18-2012, 08:01 AM #18
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Just swapped my Lumia 820 for the Ativ s. Not disappointed with changing it so far, the only thing I'm missing is the wireless charging but you can't have everything it would seem. If your torn between these two phones I would recommend the Ativ s.
12-18-2012, 03:51 PM #20
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- 12-18-2012, 09:42 PM #21
Second I could give a rat's butt about music on my phone, because as weird as it sounds, I use other devices for that. Just as a photography enthusiast is going to pull out his slr for shots, not his 920. The Ativ looks like a solid device, but I can't stand the Samsung look - that doesn't mean it's ugly. It means I find it unappealing. You're argument is like someone saying "Why buy a car that has a cigarette lighter if you don't smoke?"
- 12-18-2012, 09:45 PM #22
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