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First Look: Samsung Ativ S Neo reps Windows Phone
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First Look: Samsung Ativ S Neo reps Windows Phone

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Sprint's second Windows 8 smartphone comes with midtier features and pricing.

Hey, everyone. I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET. This is the Samsung ATIV S Neo for Sprint. It's a Windows phone and I'm going to be honest with you, it is very much a middle-of-the-road performer. It looks good. I find it pretty attractive in this dark blue color with sort of a patterning on the back. It's pretty big too and kind of shaped like the Samsung Galaxy S4 series. Maybe that's why there's the S in its name. So it has sort of these square camera modules on the back, square LED, rounded corners, silvery accents along the side, the back, and along this physical home button on the front. So I think it looks really nice. It's very heavy though about 5 ounces which I find a little bit unnecessary and a little heavier than most of Samsung smartphones are. There's a nice large 4.8-inch 720p HD screen on here, pretty bright and easy to read, so that's nice. Camera quality was actually a little bit disappointing. There's an 8-megapixel camera on the back, autofocus, LED flash, 1.9-megapixel camera on the front, and 1080p HD video capture. The problem was that photos came out a little bit less crisp detailed and colorful than they usually do with this kind of Samsung camera. I did however like that there were a lot more options and features inside the native camera app and it comes with an extra Samsung camera app lens called Shooting Modes and that will come with HDR and continuous shot. When it comes to performance I found the phone a little bit laggy both with internals and also the data network. So it does support 4G, but I only found 4G in my area once or twice. Most of the time I was stuck surfing on 3G speeds, really slowed things down. It also has a 1.4 gigahertz dual-core processor, but it seemed a little bit slower than some other phones that have just about the same processor as well. Now the S Neo costs $149.99 at full retail price on contract with Sprint. It's $50 more expensive than the HTC 8XT, but it also has double the storage, about 16 gigabytes internal memory instead of 8 gigabytes, and there's a micro-SD card slot behind the back cover. Overall it's an okay mid-tier choice. I don't think it's really gonna disappoint you unless great photos are a priority for you. I'm Jessica Dolcourt from CNET. This is the Samsung ATIV S Neo and you can check out my full review at CNET.com.

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