Disclosure: For the purposes of this review, Verizon provided me the Samsung ATIV Odyssey to use for a few weeks. I was not compensated in any way nor obligated to post a review. All opinions are my own. If you wish, you can read my full disclosure policy here.
The Samsung ATIV Odyssey is very similar to the Windows 8 Surface tablet. It’s basically a mini surface with the added capability of calling features.
This was my first time trying a Windows smart phone, so I can’t really compare it to anything else. There was nothing that necessarily overly excited me about the phone, but there was nothing bad that stood out for me either.
The design is fairly easy to use and figure out even for inexperienced smart phone users. The only thing I didn’t like about the layout was that I found it rather a pain to scroll down to get to the phone.
The call quality is great. I could clearly hear the person on the other end. The text is easy to maneuverer as well.
The battery life is very sustainable. I rarely had to charge the phone. This feature came in really handy when I had to use the navigation mode when driving 50 miles away without a phone charger in the car available.
Uploading pictures to your computer is easy. You don’t have to download extra software on your computer or laptop. Simply plug the USB cord into your computer.
I had no problems with the camera. It was pretty easy to use and took great pictures. You can see the Halloween slideshow I participated in with the Odyssey at the Verizon Midwest site here. I captured some beautiful pictures that can be seen at the end of this post.
This phone is not for the gamer. One thing I missed was being able to download Candy Crush and Instagram. I did do a little research and found out they will be coming out with a Instagram app for Windows 8.
In conclusion, If you’re a Windows 8 fan, you’ll love the Samsung ATIV Odyssey.