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Samsung ativ se

June 27, 2014

samsung ativ seEven though everybody thinks about Android when hearing about Samsung smartphones and tends to create a link between them, let’s not forget that the Koreans also have some pretty decent devices that feature Windows Phone. Back in April, they released a new device that holds Microsoft’s fingerprint, the Samsung Ativ SE for Verizon, a nice piece of work that sports some impressive specifications and competes closely with its other Windows Phone rivals, I’m talking about the latest Lumia models from Nokia (or should I say Microsoft?). If you’re no stranger to the platform, you’ll be delighted by the Ativ SE, as it sports some neat features and will surely charm you with its performance, which is very good and will leave you impressed.
In its Verizon-branded retail box, the Ativ SE is accompanied by an A/C adapter and a microUSB cable which serves for making connections and recharging your handset. Also, there are some user manuals (but does anyone use these anymore?).
Now, let’s find out more about its appearance. The Ativ SE measures 137.7 x 69.9 x 8.4 mm and has a weight of almost 136 grams. Handling it comes very easy if you’re already used to managing smartphones, as the device is really compact and stands comfortable in your hand. It also slips easily in your pockets, without feeling like a burden.
Even though it’s entirely made of plastic, the handset has an elegant look due to its brushed aluminum finish and seems to be very well put together.
The frontal part of the body is dominated by a 5 inches AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, which offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, has a 441 ppi pixel density and features Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The colors are vibrant and eye-pleasing, while the viewing angles are very wide and the contrast is also very good. Using the phone under direct sunlight won’t be an issue.
In terms of user interface, the Samsung Ativ SE comes loaded with Windows Phone 8 and will soon receive an 8.1 update, once it comes out officially, sometime this summer. You can download the update if registering as a developer via the Developer Preview program.
If you’re not used to the platform, you should know that adjusting is a piece of cake, as the interface has a very simple design and is quite intuitive. If you’re the kind of person that prefers minimalistic styles, you’ll probably like the overall experience provided by WP. The Ativ SE runs smooth through the interface and won’t be bothering you with freezes, lag or anything like that.
At the hardware department, we will find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, holding a quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 64 GB. Having these specs, the handset is an excellent performer and you’ll see that for yourself if having the chance of “playing” with one, if you’re not decided to buy it just yet.
In the connectivity package, the Ativ SE holds support for quad band GSM, GPRS and EDGE, quad band 3G, LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac with the Hotspot functionality, NFC, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0 and IR.
For surfing the web, you have the good ol’ Internet Explorer which has been nicely refurbished over time and is capable of offering a smooth browsing experience, with a lot of options and settings for improving the whole thing. The pages are loaded fast and look nice on the large, punchy display.
For snapping pictures, the Samsung Ativ SE offers a 13 MP camera with autofocus which captures stills with a maximum resolution of 4128 x 3096 pixels and is helped by a LED flash in low light conditions. The image quality offered by the photos is great, with accurate colors, good contrast and a high amount of resolved detail.
The camera also produces some wonderful 1080p videos @ 30 fps. There’s also a 2 MP front facing camera on board.
The Samsung Ativ SE offers a lot of useful and very efficient tools for your day to day use, such as a GPS receiver with support for A-GPS support, the Microsoft Office suite for managing document files, an IR blaster for enabling you to use your phone as a remote control, some excellent media players for audio and video playback and so on.
The Samsung Ativ SE holds a 2,600 mAh battery inside and will “stay alive” for two and a half day under a moderate usage, which is quite impressive, as I’m quite sure that most of us are used to recharging our phones daily – if not even more often.
samsung ativ se back and front

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