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Getting to know Samsung's sturdy Ativ S Neo (pictures)

The midrange Windows Phone 8 device is a solid, heavy piece of smartphone equipment.

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Getting to know Samsung's sturdy Ativ S Neo

Sprint's Samsung Ativ S Neo is a generically good-looking Windows Phone 8 device that resembles Samsung's Galaxy S4 line -- a lineage that's clear in the phone's "S"-themed name.
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Buttoned down

You'll navigate the Ativ S Neo with two capacitive buttons that sandwich the phone's central Home button, a blue key that echoes the phone's silvery accents.
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A touch of sophistication

Although the S Neo is all reflective plastic, the sleek button shapes and subtle pattern on the back plate do give it some nuance.
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Camera and ports

The S Neo's 8-megapixel camera module echoes the more square shape of the Galaxy S4 Android flagship. An LED flash and 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera round out the goods.
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Trigger finger

That mandatory physical camera button on the right sets Windows phones apart.
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Extra storage

Pop off the phone's back cover to pump up the phone's native 16GB of storage by up to 64GB via the microSD card slot.

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