Review: Samsung ATIV Odyssey for Verizon Wireless
I have mixed feelings about the Samsung ATIV Odyssey. The hardware functions fine, even if the design is a bit boring. The signal performance and call quality are quite good, as is battery life. The Microsoft operating system is fine, and the apps all work as they should.
The crummy display, questionable processor performance, and so-so camera concern me, though. The display alone would make me avoid the Odyssey. I couldn't stand to look at it for several days. The thought of being stuck with it for two years is flat-out depressing. The Odyssey is also the first Windows Phone I've seen stutter and stall. That can't be a good sign.
At just $50, there's no question the Odyssey offers a good value, but the Nokia Lumia 822 costs the same and performs better across the board. In the end, I'd only recommend the ATIV Odyssey to die-hard Samsung fans who prefer form over function.
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