Samsung ATIV Odyssey

6.3/10 AVG.
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6.3/10
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The Samsung ATIV Odyssey currently has an Informr score of 6.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 16 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Windows Phone
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
4"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GottaBeMobile

While the Samsung ATIV Odyssey is available for as low as $9.99 with a two-year contract, there are better smartphone options available. The good news is that the ATIV Odyssey delivers in performance, but when it comes to cameras, display and design the phone falters compared to the competition.

- Josh Smith, GottaBeMobile
Electronista

The Ativ Odyssey is not a terrible phone, but like the entire Windows Phone platform, it seems to come across as too little, too late.

- Electronista Staff, Electronista
Macnn

Electronista has remained optimistic about Windows Phone as a potential rival to Android and the iPhone, however device manufacturers and carriers have been reluctant to dedicate serious time and effort to Microsoft's mobile platform.Budget buyers are usually trying to get the best bang for their bu...

- Justin King, Macnn
GSMArena

Without the marketing budget of its Android siblings, the Samsung Ativ Odyssey clearly has a difficult task ahead of itself. Thankfully for its maker, unlike in the case of its rivals from Nokia, the fate of the company does not depend on its market success.

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
The Verge

The Odyssey is a good illustration of what your money buys you in a new Windows Phone. As we’ve seen, it’s not so much performance — Windows Phone 8 does just as well with inexpensive hardware as it does with the premium goods — but fit and finish, build quality, and the quality of the phone’s displ...

- Dan Seifert, The Verge


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Samsung released the ATIV Odyssey on January 24, 2013.


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Samsung backs up the ATIV Odyssey with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
4"

The Samsung ATIV Odyssey's screen size is 4 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 Dual-core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Windows Phone 8 operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2100mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2100 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 10 days standby time, 1200 minutes, 480 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

ATIV Odyssey Specs

Overview
Release date January 24, 2013
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/700 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO Rev. A, HSDPA, LTE
variations
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows Phone 8

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 Dual-core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.73 W/kg
Body: 1.27 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2100 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 540 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 480 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1200 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.2 x 6.4 x 1.1 cm (4.8 x 2.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 125 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel density 233 pixels
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, MSN, Windows Live
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, White balance, Anti-shaking, Exposure value
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SCH-I930

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GottaBeMobile

Low resolution screen, bulky plastic design

from GottaBeMobile

While the Samsung ATIV Odyssey is available for as low as $9.99 with a two-year contract, there are better smartphone options available. The good news is that the ATIV Odyssey delivers in performance, but when it comes to cameras, display and design the phone falters compared to the competition.

Read full review

While the Samsung ATIV Odyssey is available for as low as $9.99 with a two-year contract, there are better smartphone options available. The good news is that the ATIV Odyssey delivers in performance, but when it comes to cameras, display and design the phone falters compared to the competition.

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Electronista

It maintains the look and feel of a cheap phone despite having a seemingly robust build

from Electronista

The Ativ Odyssey is not a terrible phone, but like the entire Windows Phone platform, it seems to come across as too little, too late.

Read full review

The Ativ Odyssey is not a terrible phone, but like the entire Windows Phone platform, it seems to come across as too little, too late.

Read full review

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Macnn

Not a terrible phone, but like the entire Windows Phone platform, it seems to come across as too little, too late

from Macnn

Electronista has remained optimistic about Windows Phone as a potential rival to Android and the iPhone, however device manufacturers and carriers have been reluctant to dedicate serious time and effort to Microsoft's mobile platform.

Budget buyers are usually trying to get the best ba...More

Electronista has remained optimistic about Windows Phone as a potential rival to Android and the iPhone, however device manufacturers and carriers have been reluctant to dedicate serious time and effort to Microsoft's mobile platform.

Budget buyers are usually trying to get the best bang for their buck, and the Odyssey is one of 14 smartphones that Verizon offers for $50 or less for new or upgrade-eligible customers. A spec-to-spec comparison against LG's Spectrum 2, for example, does not leave many reasons to choose the Odyssey.

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GSMArena

Not exactly an all-out effort by any standard

Without the marketing budget of its Android siblings, the Samsung Ativ Odyssey clearly has a difficult task ahead of itself. Thankfully for its maker, unlike in the case of its rivals from Nokia, the fate of the company does not depend on its market success.

Read full review

Without the marketing budget of its Android siblings, the Samsung Ativ Odyssey clearly has a difficult task ahead of itself. Thankfully for its maker, unlike in the case of its rivals from Nokia, the fate of the company does not depend on its market success.

Read full review

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The Verge

A good illustration of what your money buys you in a new Windows Phone

from The Verge

The Odyssey is a good illustration of what your money buys you in a new Windows Phone. As we’ve seen, it’s not so much performance — Windows Phone 8 does just as well with inexpensive hardware as it does with the premium goods — but fit and finish, build quality, and the quality of the ph...More

The Odyssey is a good illustration of what your money buys you in a new Windows Phone. As we’ve seen, it’s not so much performance — Windows Phone 8 does just as well with inexpensive hardware as it does with the premium goods — but fit and finish, build quality, and the quality of the phone’s display. For a little bit more money than the Odyssey, you can get the Windows Phone 8X, which has a much nicer display, better camera, and much nicer hardware. Or, in an ironic twist of fate, you can get the Lumia 822, which offers everything that the Odyssey has, but also adds a better camera, bigger screen, more internal storage, and more software features for less than you would spend on Samsung’s phone. Either way, the evidence shows that you should probably shop around rather than committing two years of your life to the Ativ Odyssey.

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Brighthand

It's not a terrible phone, it's just uninspired and safe

from Brighthand

The Samsung ATIV Odyssey is about as plain as plain gets. On the whole, it's not a terrible phone (though there are some bad aspects, like the camera and display) it's just uninspired and safe. This is one case where you can judge a book by its cover; the unremarkable design tells you everything...More

The Samsung ATIV Odyssey is about as plain as plain gets. On the whole, it's not a terrible phone (though there are some bad aspects, like the camera and display) it's just uninspired and safe. This is one case where you can judge a book by its cover; the unremarkable design tells you everything you need to know about this phone. But, like most mid-tier phones, the price is its strongest point. The Odyssey can only be faulted so much for its shortcomings and modest features when $50 price tag is factored in. Still, there are better options than this one out there for just a little more cash

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Laptop Magazine

Looks and feels like a middle-of-the-road Windows Phone

from Laptop Magazine

The Samsung ATIV Odyssey runs Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 quickly and smoothly, but we're less than impressed with its design. In this price range, we prefer the Nokia Lumia 822, which is free on contract as of this review. While the Nokia is slightly larger, you get more color options and free t...More

The Samsung ATIV Odyssey runs Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 quickly and smoothly, but we're less than impressed with its design. In this price range, we prefer the Nokia Lumia 822, which is free on contract as of this review. While the Nokia is slightly larger, you get more color options and free turn-by-turn directions via Nokia Drive. If you're willing to spend a bit more, the $99 HTC Windows Phone 8X has a sharper 720p display, a sleeker design and wireless charging. Overall, the ATIV Odyssey looks and feels like a middle-of-the-road Windows Phone.

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Engadget

Looks like a budget phone but it performs like a flagship

from Engadget

The Odyssey is far from perfect but, like its forebear the Focus 2, this budget Windows Phone is not without its charms. Granted, a good chunk of that comes from the beautiful OS, but the handset itself has a lot going for it -- namely, its top-notch performance. Unlike other companies, Samsung isn't skimping on horsepower to keep the cost down. The 1.5GHz CPU and 1GB of RAM are not only capable; they're the same basic components inside flagship Windows Phone 8 devices. This is not just a huge boon for the Odyssey in benchmarks; its prowess is immediately apparent during regular use. Even when we fired up some demanding games, the phone barely skipped a beat. Obviously, corners had to be cut somewhere, and the low-res camera and screen are where Samsung ultimately decided to compromise. These choices are hardly enough to ruin the experience of using the phone, but the older technology on display is certainly showing its age....

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The Odyssey is far from perfect but, like its forebear the Focus 2, this budget Windows Phone is not without its charms. Granted, a good chunk of that comes from the beautiful OS, but the handset itself has a lot going for it -- namely, its top-notch performance. Unlike other companies, Samsung isn't skimping on horsepower to keep the cost down. The 1.5GHz CPU and 1GB of RAM are not only capable; they're the same basic components inside flagship Windows Phone 8 devices. This is not just a huge boon for the Odyssey in benchmarks; its prowess is immediately apparent during regular use. Even when we fired up some demanding games, the phone barely skipped a beat. Obviously, corners had to be cut somewhere, and the low-res camera and screen are where Samsung ultimately decided to compromise. These choices are hardly enough to ruin the experience of using the phone, but the older technology on display is certainly showing its age.

If you're thinking about the HTC 8X or Lumia 920, you may as well skip straight past the Odyssey -- this is not the device for you. If you're leaning towards the 8S or 820, however, take a moment's pause to consider it. Really, it's all about your priorities. (We're assuming you've already settled on Windows Phone for your OS and are looking to pick up a device at the cheaper end of the spectrum.) If you're looking for a strong camera, there's no question that the Lumia 820 (or 822 as it's known on Verizon) is the way to go. But if you're simply looking for bang-for-your-buck performance, then the Odyssey is a serious contender, if not a clear winner. Then again, if you're on Verizon, the 8X is only $50 more and well worth the small premium.

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MobileBurn

Solid performance from dual-core processor and strong battery life

from MobileBurn

Samsung is the most successful smartphone producer, but the ATIV Odyssey does not feel like something that has the full weight of the company behind it. The internal specs of the device empower an agile, solid performer that defies the logic of midrange smartphones, but the lack of clarity in the display leaves much to be desired. That persistent external flaw unfortunately overshadows the goodwill fostered by the ATIV Odyssey's internal respectability....

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Samsung is the most successful smartphone producer, but the ATIV Odyssey does not feel like something that has the full weight of the company behind it. The internal specs of the device empower an agile, solid performer that defies the logic of midrange smartphones, but the lack of clarity in the display leaves much to be desired. That persistent external flaw unfortunately overshadows the goodwill fostered by the ATIV Odyssey's internal respectability.

It's difficult to recommend the ATIV Odyssey given that there is nothing particularly distinguishing or remarkable about the phone. It has the benefits of a stellar UI in Windows Phone 8 but doesn't have a first-rate app catalog, or even one that's as good as what's offered by Nokia. The HTC 8X is obviously superior, so the only benefit the ATIV Odyssey has is its $49.99 price. However, the extra $50 to purchase an 8X will pay off in the long run, and anyone who is budget conscious could just as easily get the Nokia Lumia 822 and enjoy a better phone for the same price. The Samsung ATIV Odyssey is a decent phone, but there's no reason to select this phone over the other options at Verizon. Sadly, the ATIV Odyssey lacks the staying power to warrant such an epic name.

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Business Insider

Pretty unremarkable with its physical appearance

from Business Insider

There's always going to be a population that would really like a nondescript smartphone that simply works the way it should. It's a decent option if you want to give Windows Phone a try without breaking the bank. It costs $49.99 with a contract from Verizon. Still, Verizon carries the HTC Windows...More

There's always going to be a population that would really like a nondescript smartphone that simply works the way it should. It's a decent option if you want to give Windows Phone a try without breaking the bank. It costs $49.99 with a contract from Verizon. Still, Verizon carries the HTC Windows Phone 8x, which we think is the best Windows Phone available. It's definitely worth shelling out an extra $50 for. But I'm leaning towards dissuading people in general from buying it.

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