1. ozahran's Avatar
    I currently have a Lumia 820, and have been wanting a phone with a higher resolution screen but still wanted to keep my SD support as I keep all my music on my card. The 1520 is just too big (and expensive) for me right now. So I started to look at Samsung.

    And as much as I bag on them, I'm intrigued by these devices. Has anyone used these devices for any extensive period of time? How are they? Should I get the Ativ S or the Neo? Have you installed 8.1, how does it run? I've heard problems about the Ativ with 8.1 and random resets.

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    05-11-2014 12:06 AM
  2. freestaterocker's Avatar
    I've had the Ativ S (model T899M) for a year and a half now. It's a fantastic device. Great battery life, smooth & consistent operation, no random resets even with 8.1... The only bug I've encountered since updating to the preview is the camera bug, which only happened once and was cured by a restart. No regrets with this phone whatsoever.
    Himanshu Chowdhary likes this.
    05-11-2014 12:17 AM
  3. ozahran's Avatar
    What camera ๐Ÿ“ท bug are you referring to? I don't think I have encountered it with my 820.
    05-11-2014 06:23 AM
  4. mary beth hale's Avatar
    Have used the Ativ S(t899) for close to a year and have nothing negative to say about it. Beautiful screen, no lags, good sound, decent camera, lightweight and great battery life. Use an sd card without issues. Currently running 8.1 dev preview and only issue is camera glitch which should be fixed with firmware update. Have received all gdrs and use several of the Samsung apps(which are updated regularly). The price of this phone is crazy cheap right now!
    05-11-2014 07:44 AM
  5. mary beth hale's Avatar
    Just thought of a con...it's slippery! Had to use a case for sure.
    05-11-2014 10:17 AM
  6. ozahran's Avatar
    Just thought of a con...it's slippery! Had to use a case for sure.
    Well I've had a Galaxy S3, which I know is loosely similar in design to the Ativ S. Is it more slippery than that phone?
    05-11-2014 09:12 PM
  7. mary beth hale's Avatar
    It feels about the same as my daughter's S3, actually. I put cases on all my phones because I tend to drop things.
    05-12-2014 08:39 AM
  8. ozahran's Avatar
    It feels about the same as my daughter's S3, actually. I put cases on all my phones because I tend to drop things.
    In that case, I should be ok! I'll probably buy a case just to be safe.
    05-12-2014 09:46 AM
  9. freestaterocker's Avatar
    What camera ๐Ÿ“ท bug are you referring to? I don't think I have encountered it with my 820.
    Camera was non-responsive on loading.
    05-12-2014 07:51 PM
  10. ozahran's Avatar
    Camera was non-responsive on loading.
    Is there any sort of workaround? And is it just the default camera app?
    05-12-2014 08:57 PM
  11. snowmutt's Avatar
    I wouldn't worry a ton about the camera bug. That was loaded with the developer version of 8.1. If you intend to wait for the official update, hopefully any bugs will have been ironed out.

    I can vouch for the Neo. I really liked it and was very impressed with the screen. I love the look of it, although I agree with what Mary Beth staated- it is a slippery little bugger. Otherwise, smooth, responsive, and everytime I played with it I liked it more. A stupid cheap new in box L920 was the only thing that kept me from getting it, and I feel as though I may regret it.

    Never used the orignal "S", but I trust Mary Beth and Free State Rocker a ton, so I have no doubt it rocks (pun intended, Free State). I think the internals of the Neo are a tad upgraded, but I doubt it is a big deal in real world use.

    Sammy has done well with supporting their devices. I think you will be happy with either.
    05-12-2014 09:40 PM
  12. freestaterocker's Avatar
    Is there any sort of workaround? And is it just the default camera app?
    I only use the default camera app. I restarted the phone when I encountered it (which takes 20 seconds flat with 8.1) and it fixed the issue. I haven't encountered it since.
    mary beth hale likes this.
    05-12-2014 10:13 PM
  13. freestaterocker's Avatar
    Also I concur with Mary Beth: It's slippery. Get a case. I found a gel case on Amazon for about $6 CAD which I've been using with no issues for about a year.
    mary beth hale likes this.
    05-12-2014 10:15 PM
  14. freestaterocker's Avatar
    Never used the orignal "S", but I trust Mary Beth and Free State Rocker a ton, so I have no doubt it rocks (pun intended, Free State). I think the internals of the Neo are a tad upgraded, but I doubt it is a big deal in real world use.

    Sammy has done well with supporting their devices. I think you will be happy with either.
    I appreciate the tip of the hat, snowmutt! ๐Ÿ‘

    IIRC the Neo has a smaller battery, and I'm unsure of any other spec differences. As I mentioned already, battery life on the Ativ S is fantastic. I finish only the heaviest of days with less than 50% remaining, and it charges really quickly, so even those extra heavy days aren't too big of a deal. I carry a 2600mah portable charger when I know I'm going to out late or on my phone a lot, but I rarely have to use it...

    And Samsung is VERY underrated in terms of post purchase support. I enjoy frequent firmware updates, as well as frequent updates to the Samsung exclusive apps. The exclusive apps themselves are a mixed bag. Nothing as groundbreaking as Nokia city lens, for example, but App Folders is fantastic, and little things like extra call settings etc add some practicality as well.
    mary beth hale and snowmutt like this.
    05-12-2014 10:28 PM
  15. ozahran's Avatar
    Thanks guys! I will probably be purchasing one or the other in the next couple of days. The S is the T899m model and is unlocked, where as the Neo is AT&T. Both are viable options for me. Im leaning more towards the S because of the bigger battery ๐Ÿ”‹ and I like its look a little more than the Neo. Can't wait to get it!
    snowmutt likes this.
    05-13-2014 12:24 AM
  16. snowmutt's Avatar
    You will have to let us know. Sounds like you are leaning to the unlocked "S".

    As a side note, I need to amend my comment about the internals. Free States comment on the batter got me curious:

    The Neo:
    -Slightly heavier (5.1 oz VS. 4.76 oz)
    -Has a slightly better graphics chip
    -Has the ability to take pictures during video recording, and some other tools for the camera like burst mode and high dynamic range (whatever that is) out of the box.

    The ATIV S:
    -Bigger battery (2300 Vs. 2000 mAH)
    -Higher resolution front facing camera (1.9 VS. 1.2)
    -Slightly faster (1500 VS. 1400), though a year older processor.
    -Is Super AMOLED screen tech, while the Neo is not.

    Everything else- resolution, internal memory, rear camera, RAM, and such are all equal.
    05-13-2014 03:36 PM
  17. ozahran's Avatar
    Well I just ordered my Ativ S from a seller on eBay! Can't wait to get it!
    05-16-2014 10:55 AM
  18. mary beth hale's Avatar
    Get a case
    05-16-2014 11:00 AM
  19. ozahran's Avatar
    Well, I just got the phone last night and I have to say that I love it so far. Having Nokia devices for so long, I forgot what a thin and light device felt like! It is slippery though, so I can't wait for my case to come in.
    05-20-2014 01:22 PM

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