Samsung ATIV Odyssey: A Practical Windows Phone 8

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Design
      • 6
      • Performance
      • 8
      • Total Score:
      • 7.00
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Good performance
    • Solid battery life
  • Cons

    • Completely uninspired design
    • Terrible display
    • Poor camera

Quick Take

The Samsung ATIV Odyssey may be a boring phone, but at least it's cheap and offers respectable performance.

The Samsung ATIV Odyssey is a solid mid-range Windows Phone 8 device that does not offer many bells and whistles, but is reliable when it comes to performance and battery life.

The device itself is a bit small and has a cheap build, Brighthand noted the haptic feedback response can be felt through the back of the phone’s casing. It weighs only .27 lbs, which makes it a light device to carry. Overall the design can be described as practical with nothing much to write home about, good or bad.


The front-facing camera has 1.2-megapixels and the rear-facing camera boasts 5-megapixels. However, the rear-facing camera produced sub-par photos with poor color representation, especially indoors or in lower lighting.

In terms of performance, the Samsung ATIV Odyssey does deliver solid speed with its dual core 1.5 GHz processor. The device carries 8 GB of on-board storage, which isn\’t much, but it is expandable with a microSD card slot. Battery life was solid when testing the Samsung ATIV Odyssey and reviewers at BH were able to get three full days out of the device with light usage.

Overall, the Samsung ATIV is a pretty boring phone; there is nothing too exciting about it in terms of design or features, but with a price of $50, at the time of this writing, it is a cheap Windows Phone 8 option. Although it’s inexpensive, there are other Windows Phone 8 devices that do not cost much more, but do offer more impressive features. BH described the Samsung ATIV as \”not a terrible phone… just uninspired and safe.”



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