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Samsung ATIV S Neo

Samsung ATIV S Neo
alaScore 89

31 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the design and reliability are on the whole positive. The camera and screen are also mentioned favorably. Many are less positive about the features and responsiveness.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung ATIV S Neo is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for Samsung ATIV S Neo


alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Samsung ATIV S Neo from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on

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91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung ATIV S Neo, Royal Blue 16GB (Sprint)Samsung ATIV S Neo, Royal Blue 16GB (AT&T)

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Samsung Ativ S Neo (Sprint)


The Samsung Ativ S Neo is proof Windows Phone shopping doesn't have to start and end with Nokia.

Good camera. Sharp UI free of Samsung's usual feature-itis. GSM-compatible

Slow LTE. Limited Windows Phone app selection

If you painted over the Windows logo on the Samsung Ativ S Neo's home button, shut the thing down, and handed it to a random smartphone user, you might get a response like "I think the Galaxy S III was thinner than this." But once you turn on this...

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Samsung Ativ S Neo review


If you're a Windows Phone fan (or have been looking to jump the Android or iPhone ship), now would be a good time to go handset shopping – especially if you aren't partial to Nokia's Lumia line. With Microsoft recently announcing its plan to acquire...

Nice screen for a mid-range smartphone ; Good battery life ; Supports international roaming ; Expandable storage via MicroSD card

Camera is “so-so ; Performance is also “so-so ; Slick plastic back makes the phone feel slippery in the hand

Samsung’s ATIV S Neo won’t win converts from Android or iOS. But it has an excellent screen for a mid-range phone and good battery life, easily making it the best Windows phone available on Sprint’s network.


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Samsung ATIV S Neo


The Samsung ATIV S Neo offers a solid Windows Phone 8 experience with long battery life and international roaming capabilities for a good price.

Large vivid display; Above-average battery life; microSD Card slot; Affordable

Slightly bulky and heavy; Some photos look hazy; Lacks compelling camera apps

Usually, when you see a sub-$100 smartphone, you know some shortcuts have been made. That's also the case with the ATIV S Neo. This $99 smartphone offers solid performance, a large and vivid display, and an impressive 8 hours of battery life. However,...

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Samsung Ativ S Neo ( Sprint)


Features-wise, the Samsung Ativ S Neo sits in the center of Sprint's lineup, neither the high-end, high-priced smartphone on the premium side of spectrum, not the entry-level smartphone trying to keep it all together. A mass market phone like this...

Samsung's Ativ S Neo is an attractive Windows Phone 8 handset with a large screen and more native camera extras than other Windows phones.

The Ativ S Neo is slow, heavy, and has a weak image quality.

Though it's an unexceptional smartphone overall, the middle-of-the-road Samsung Ativ S Neo is a safe choice for those who shop by price.

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Samsung ATIV S Neo Review


Not content to dominate the Android market only, Samsung has ported over the basic of their winning formula to the Windows Phone platform in the form of the ATIV S Neo. The ATIV S Neo, now available on Sprint, borrows heavily from the Galaxy design...

Large 720p display that performs as well as it looks

Poor call quality ; Uninspired design ; Performance issues at times

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...

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Samsung ATIV S Neo


With Bluetooth 4.0 and a 720p screen, does Samsung's ATIV S Neo stand as one of the best Windows phones you can buy? We find out in our review.

It has the biggest screen you'll find on a Windows phone without slipping into phablet territory, offering plenty of real estate but remaining comfortable to hold

The phone's camera is disappointing, lacking many of the features we've grown to love and expect from our portable shooters

It's a passable device with average internal components, but you can get a better phone than the Samsung ATIV S Neo for the exact same price, if not cheaper.

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Samsung Ativ S Neo (Sprint)


The Samsung Ativ S Neo is proof Windows Phone shopping doesn't have to start and end with Nokia.

If your smartphone use is more about the Web than apps—or if you habitually check your social-media presence, something WP8′s live tiles excel at helping you manage—the Ativ S Neo makes for a good call. It also offers a virtue absent from such...

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"Great phone with a beautiful screen!"


I was reluctant to get a phone without a physical keyboard, but with the lack of options, I finally decided on getting a Windows phone 8 device. I really like the HTC 8XT's design (my previous phone was the shift 4g, which I loved), but it doesn't have...

Gorgeous HD screen, great pictures, responsive, intuitive OS, removable battery, micro SD slot, great battery life.

No gorilla glass, sprint's spotty 4g coverage slows the data speeds, doesn't "feel" durable.

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A Windows phone @ A great price.


My initial reaction was oh well I'm about to get burnt on this deal. Due in part to the little Newegg radio box you need to check when buying an unlocked phone. Another rep reassured me you will be happily surprised. My reason of purchasing this as a...

The handset arrived in *MINT* condition. Placed in a non retail box for reasons which was explained to me. Via Newegg & AT&T's customer service. But it was protected well with all the accessories included ; I really enjoy Windows 8 ; The handset is...

Non-AMOLED display like the original ATIV S ; It's display isn't that bad as most ragged it elsewhere ; The Camera was surprisingly not what I expected ; But still quite usable, just not in low light settings at all ; Limited apps, but I knew that...