Samsung Ativ S Review

  • Build Quality

  • Phone Set Up

  • Features

  • Camera & Video

  • Battery Life


A Samsung Windows Phone: the best of both worlds?

The Samsung Ativ S is the thinking man's Windows Phone.

Nokia’s mammoth marketing campaign for its Lumia 920 gave the impression that it was the sole Windows 8 Phone handset to own. However HTC produced remarkably good WP8 smartphones with the HTC 8X and 8S and now Samsung has delivered a low-key but high spec version of its own.

Samsung is the undisputed king of the Android handset market and has consistently produced mobile phones that sell in huge volumes. However it’s not just the Google-run OS that it’s looking to dominate, with a Tizen smartphone announced for 2013 and this, the Ativ S, is its first attempt at a Windows Phone 8 handset.

So does Samsung transfer its magic touch to the Windows phone? I think it does. It’s a no-nonsense smartphone that concentrates on quality over gimmicks and results in a quick phone, strong on features and powerful with performance.

Review by Damian Carvill.