Samsung ATIV S Neo

7.1/10 AVG.
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7.1/10
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The Samsung ATIV S Neo currently has an Informr score of 7.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Excellent battery life
  • Good display with crisp details and good color reproduction
  • Sturdy design

What's bad

  • Sluggish 3G network connection
  • Mediocre camera
  • Slippery plastic chassis

The ATIV S Neo is Samsung's second foray into the Windows phone market, following a year after the release of Samsung's first Windows phone – the ATIV S. Despite being a Windows phone, reviewers couldn't help but notice the similarities between the S Neo and Samsung's Android devices. Like Samsung's other phones, this one sports a curved chassis with a glossy faux metallic finish, making it a bit slippery for many reviewers. Luckily, it was found to be quite sturdy and could weather a couple short drops.

At 4.8 inches, the display is larger than the Nokia 625 by 0.1 inches. While the difference in size is barely noticeable, the S Neo offers a higher resolution of 720 pixels. At 306ppi, the display is full HD nor retina, but critics point out that the TCT LCD screen offers crisp details, true to life colors and good viewing angles. In indoor and outdoor lighting, most reviewers found the screen readable, although WP Central mentions that colors get washed out in very bright light.

Running the phone is a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. In everyday use, performance was found to be smooth and snappy as most apps launched in a second or less. Benchmark tests place the device near the top for mid-range devices with similar specs, with only the HTC 8XT beating it.

The only issue reviewers experienced was when using the 3G connection. Digital Trends found the network speed incredibly slow, saying it made the phone feel "sluggish." In addition to the processor and RAM, the device offers 16GB of internal memory, a microSD slot and a 2,000 mAh battery. During rigorous battery tests, testers were able to run the battery for 8 hours of heavy usage and 15 hours of moderate usage.

Like most smartphones, this one comes equipped with an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera. Despite the relatively low megapixel count, critics were generally happy with picture quality. In sufficient lighting, reviewers point out that the images were sharp but under saturated.

At the end of the day, critics agree that the ATIV S Neo is a decent but unassuming Windows phone. Pocket Now says, "It's not particularly good-looking, fast or new" but adds, "It gets the job done." Phone Dog gives more praise to the device stating, "I can safely say it's a great mid-range device…"


Operating system
Windows Phone
Processor
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
4.77"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


WPCentral

The Samsung ATIV S Neo is a well-built Windows Phone for those looking for a mid-level performer. I would not expect much beyond average performance out of the camera but can see the phone appealing to those looking for a budget, large screen Windows Phone.

- George Ponder, WPCentral
Phone Scoop

Samsung did a very good job in designing and manufacturing the ATIV S Neo. It's an attractive piece of hardware that is comfortable to use and functions just as it should. The screen is particularly nice, battery life is quite good, and phone calls made through the earpiece sound divine. It's a sham...

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop
Phonedog

If you're on Sprint and you want to give Windows Phone a shot, then there is no doubt in my mind that the ATIV S Neo is the way to go. It's display is sharp and nice to look at, while also benefiting from being almost the perfect size. It's sturdy, even if it is plastic. And, for only $50, it fits t...

- Evan Selleck, Phonedog
Digital Trends

- Matt Safford, Digital Trends
Pocketnow

It’s not particularly good-looking, fast, or new.

- Michael Fisher, Pocketnow


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Common Questions


Samsung released the ATIV S Neo on August 16, 2013.


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


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Screen Size
4.77"

The Samsung ATIV S Neo's screen size is 4.77 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8930AA Dual core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

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

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

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

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 13.8 days standby time, 900 minutes, 600 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

ATIV S Neo Specs

Overview
Release date August 16, 2013
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/850/1900 MHz
UMTS:
1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, 1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows Phone 8

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8930AA Dual core 1.4 GHz
Internal Flash Memory No
RAM 1 GB
ROM 16 GB
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.91 W/kg
Body: 1.52 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 420 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 600 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 900 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 13.8 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.5 x 6.9 x 0.9 cm (5.3 x 2.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 144 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 306 pixels
Size 4.77 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
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 Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
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 Yes
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
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, White balance, Exposure Metering
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR, WMA, M4A
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
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 No
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, PDF, 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 SPH-I800

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Critic Reviews


WPCentral

A nicely built, modestly capable Windows Phone

from WPCentral

The Samsung ATIV S Neo is a well-built Windows Phone for those looking for a mid-level performer. I would not expect much beyond average performance out of the camera but can see the phone appealing to those looking for a budget, large screen Windows Phone.

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The Samsung ATIV S Neo is a well-built Windows Phone for those looking for a mid-level performer. I would not expect much beyond average performance out of the camera but can see the phone appealing to those looking for a budget, large screen Windows Phone.

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Phone Scoop

For customers seeking the best WP8 experience available

from Phone Scoop

Samsung did a very good job in designing and manufacturing the ATIV S Neo. It's an attractive piece of hardware that is comfortable to use and functions just as it should. The screen is particularly nice, battery life is quite good, and phone calls made through the earpiece sound divine. It's a shame the speakerphone is so crummy, though.

Read full review

Samsung did a very good job in designing and manufacturing the ATIV S Neo. It's an attractive piece of hardware that is comfortable to use and functions just as it should. The screen is particularly nice, battery life is quite good, and phone calls made through the earpiece sound divine. It's a shame the speakerphone is so crummy, though.

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Phonedog

Isn't a high-end device, and it's not meant to be considered one

from Phonedog

If you're on Sprint and you want to give Windows Phone a shot, then there is no doubt in my mind that the ATIV S Neo is the way to go. It's display is sharp and nice to look at, while also benefiting from being almost the perfect size. It's sturdy, even if it is plastic. And, for only $50, it fit...More

If you're on Sprint and you want to give Windows Phone a shot, then there is no doubt in my mind that the ATIV S Neo is the way to go. It's display is sharp and nice to look at, while also benefiting from being almost the perfect size. It's sturdy, even if it is plastic. And, for only $50, it fits the bill perfectly. It may not be the highest of high-end devices for Windows Phone, but it was never meant to be. If you're looking to get your hands on Windows Phone and not looking to jump carriers, you can't get much better than the ATIV S Neo.

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Digital Trends

Nice screen for a mid-range smartphone, good battery life

from Digital Trends

But there’s certainly nothing so impressive about the Neo that it should sway happy iPhone or Android owners, or OS-agnostic shoppers looking for the best value. The HTC One or Moto X, for instance, are much better phones with better app selections that are currently priced just $50 more th...More

But there’s certainly nothing so impressive about the Neo that it should sway happy iPhone or Android owners, or OS-agnostic shoppers looking for the best value. The HTC One or Moto X, for instance, are much better phones with better app selections that are currently priced just $50 more than the Neo. And with the launch of the iPhone 5S and 5C, we wouldn’t be surprised of the iPhone 5 gets a price drop that makes it more competitive with the ATIV S Neo.

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Pocketnow

The best of limited options

from Pocketnow

If Samsung’s ATIV smartphone line-up were an airplane, it would be a Boeing 737. It gets the job done, but no one’s ever really excited about it. It’s not particularly good-looking, fast, or new. And while it occasionally gets a refresh every now and then, you can’t really tell which variant you’re looking at until you read the pamphlet in the back pouch of the seat in front of you...

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If Samsung’s ATIV smartphone line-up were an airplane, it would be a Boeing 737. It gets the job done, but no one’s ever really excited about it. It’s not particularly good-looking, fast, or new. And while it occasionally gets a refresh every now and then, you can’t really tell which variant you’re looking at until you read the pamphlet in the back pouch of the seat in front of you.

We have to give credit where it’s due. There have been modernizations here, in the Snapdragon 400, the camera software, and the Samsung Zone. Sprint tried to live up to its intention of rebooting its Windows Phone effort with new hardware … but the net result just isn’t enough.

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PhoneArena

Unfortunately, the phone’s good but not great performance makes it poor choice for Windows Phone customers

from PhoneArena

With all Windows Phones running nearly identical software and Microsoft employing strict hardware minimums it can be challenging for manufacturers to differentiate their products. Nokia has already chosen to focus on the camera, and HTC is producing their typical top-notch hardware. Samsung&rsquo...More

With all Windows Phones running nearly identical software and Microsoft employing strict hardware minimums it can be challenging for manufacturers to differentiate their products. Nokia has already chosen to focus on the camera, and HTC is producing their typical top-notch hardware. Samsung’s Android approach has been to include an excess of niche software customizations, but with the less open Windows Phone platform they are not able to do this. They seem to be struggling to find their niche, and instead are just trying to impart the Galaxy S design and hope familiarity will lure customers. Unfortunately, the phone’s good but not great performance makes it poor choice for Windows Phone customers, and makes it especially hard to justify the switch from another smartphone ecosystem.

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