Samsung Ativ S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Fight!

by Jerry D on March 5, 2013

Is the Samsung Ativ S a more powerful handset than the HTC Windows Phone 8S? Is the 4.8-inch screen on the Ativ S noticeably better than the Windows Phone 8S’s? Does the Ativ S’s storage capacity impress? Will you be happy with the Windows Phone 8S’s 5.0MP camera? Carry on reading to learn the answers to these questions…

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Samsung Ativ S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Samsung Ativ S VS HTC Windows Phone 8S
Display 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 4.0-inch S-LCD
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
(306.042 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon 1GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Software Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8
Storage 16 or 32GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 4GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, face detection, touch focus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.9MP No
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 3.1 with A2DP/EDR
Size 70.5 x 137.2 x 8.7mm 63.0 x 120.5 x 10.3mm
Weight 135g 113g
Talktime 15.0 hours TBC
Standby 218 hours TBC
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, and 7GB free SkyDrive storage

 

Samsung Ativ S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Samsung Ativ S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S fight plays out…

Samsung Ativ S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Connectivity

The innards of the Ativ S come packed with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. No 4G though. HTC’s Windows Phone 8S, meanwhile, dishes up 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP/EDR. No 4G in this phone either.
— The Ativ S wins (1-0)

Samsung Ativ S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Size/Weight

The size battle plays out like this. The Ativ S is a bit taller than the Windows Phone 8S with dimensions of 137.2mm versus 120.5mm. The Ativ S is wider, measuring 70.5mm to the Windows Phone 8S’s 63.0mm. The Ativ S weighs 135g, whereas the Windows Phone 8S is 22 lighter and weighs 113g.
— The Windows Phone 8S wins (1-1)

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Samsung Ativ S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Camera/Video

The Ativ S’s 8.0 Megapixel camera features: autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. It has a max resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. For video calls, there’s also a second, front-mounted camera rated at 1.9 Megapixels. Even with autofocus, LED flash, face detection, touch focus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording, the Windows Phone 8S’s 5.0 MP camera underwhelms.
— The Ativ S wins (2-1)

Samsung Ativ S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Display

The Ativ S features a touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display, 4.8 inches across with a quoted resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. In terms of pixel density, the pixels per inch (PPI) measurement is 306.042.

XXXX pointy arrow The Samsung Ativ S features a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a quoted resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 306.042.

In contrast, the 4.0-inch touch-sensitive S-LCD display on HTC’s phone is smaller. Unfortunately, it boasts a lower resolution (only 480 x 800 pixels) than the Ativ S. Compared to its rival, the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is 233.25.
— The Ativ S wins (3-1)

Samsung Ativ S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Processor

Performance-wise, the Ativ S’s processor is a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chip, while the Windows Phone 8S uses a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, rated at 1GHz.
— The Ativ S wins (4-1)

Half-time: Samsung Ativ S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S

At the halfway mark, the Ativ S has opened up a good 3-point lead. But there are some big rounds coming up, including storage and operating systems. Can the Windows Phone 8S pull it back?

Samsung Ativ S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (5-2)

Samsung Ativ S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (6-3)

Samsung Ativ S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Storage

Let the storage battle commence. Samsung gives you a choice of 16 or 32GB Ativ S models. The HTC Windows Phone 8S comes with a single storage option – a 4GB model. As you can see, the top-end Ativ S provides more space out of the box with 32GB. This compares to the Windows Phone 8S’s 4GB. Of course, the Ativ S also features a microSD slot, which supports cards up to 32GB. This will boost the overall storage to a roomier 64GB. While the inclusion of a microSD expansion slot on the Windows Phone 8S bumps up the capacity to 36GB.
— The Ativ S wins (7-3)

Samsung Ativ S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Ativ S and the Windows Phone 8S share the points (8-4)

Samsung Ativ S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Extras

Finally, the Ativ S also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. In comparison, the Windows Phone 8S features GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, and 7GB free SkyDrive storage.
— The Ativ S wins (9-4)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Ativ S wins! (9-4)

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