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SAMSUNG, the largest smartphone maker is in a odd position. Its strength is certainly Android, but the company also introduces the Windows Phone. The Samsung ATIV S is the phone that uses Windows Phone 8, offering a familiar style to the Galaxy S3 line of Android smartphones.

The ATIV S is supposed to be taken seriously, and when you first get some hands-on time with the Windows Phone, it’s easy to see why. It’s incredibly hard to put the smartphone down after booting the thing up for the first time. But I can’t help but feel as though the ATIV S could have (and should have) been so much more.

Here we are writing some features of the Samsung ATVI S which are

Versions:

There are surprisingly a few variants of the Samsung ATIV S, depending on your region and market.

  • Samsung ATIV S comes with 16 or 32 GB of memory.
  • Samsung ATIV S GT-I8750 is the UK ATIV S (this model is also sold in Singapore) but with a 1.2 MP front camera instead of 1.9 MP.
  • Samsung ATIV S SGH-T899M is the Canadian ATIV S but with LTE (700MHz band) and a downgrade of its Bluetooth from 3.0 to 2.1.

The Body

samsung windows phone ATIV S_educatesansar (5)The body of Samsung ATIV S looks as same as Samsung Galaxy S 3, but here we are going to distinguish between two. The Windows Phone sports a more metallic look than the Andriod flagship smartphone, with a hairline finish that really makes it stand out among the colored offerings from both Nokia and HTC.

The device screams out chrome with the edge wrapping around the sides of the handset. What’s odd is that first impressions may immediately conclude cheap, plastic and horrid to hold, but such thoughts are eliminated as soon as the ATIV S is held in the hand. The rear of the ATIV S is where the hairline finish shines, which actually dictates the flexible (and we mean flexible) back plate.

The Samsung ATIV S is large in screen about 4.8 inches but it is incredibly thin and light. It is just 8.7mm thick and weight about 135 grams.

The Display

samsung windows phone ATIV S_educatesansar (6)The display of Samsung ATIV S is more advanced than it predecessor. It is packed with super LCD or AMOLED screen with full HD (1280×720) display. It has Corning Gorilla Glass 2, a ppi pixel density of 306 and optimal performance when using the dark system theme. The same AMOLED technology is utilized by Nokia in its Lumia 820 as well as past generations of Windows phones.

The Internal Structure and Processor

samsung windows phone ATIV S_educatesansar (1)The Samsung ATIV S is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU which is enough to get all the tasks to be done by the OS. Windows Phone 7.x ran comfortabley on just a single-core processor. By including extra core means it is far advance than others.

The Samsung ATIV S comes with both 16 GB and 32 GB, but you can also expand the memory up to 64 GB with SD card. It has 1 GB of RAM on board to complement both the generous storage and processor. It also comes with 2,300 mAh battery.

Talking about the connectivity, Samsung ATIV S has included NFC (Near-Field Communication) for wireless payment, data transfer and more, as well as Bluetooth and WiFi (both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands supported).

The Software

samsung windows phone ATIV S_educatesansar (13)The Samsung ATIV S runs Windows Phone 8, so it is better to read Microsoft’s latest mobile platform. It has also loaded some features that keeps the consumers up to date with stocks, weather reports, to tweets and more. It also includes ChatON, Photo Editor, Music Hub, Live Wallpaper and more.

The Camera

samsung windows phone ATIV S_educatesansar (4)The Samsung ATIV S comes with 1.9 MP front-facing camera as well as 8.0 MP rear camera. The FCC is decent enough, but don’t expect the ability to take some mug shots for a model agency. It’s perfect for VOIP calls and general fooling around. The main camera is where the ATIV S shines. There are many options available in camera like anti-shake, white balance, focus mode, resolution, flash and more.

The Accessories

There are a number of accessories available for the ATIV S (as is the case with any modern-day smartphone). There are no wireless charging stations or addons that can be snatched up, but ATIV S owners can still enjoy a wide variety of extras. There are a range of stylus pens, cases and more that can further personalise and / or enhance the overall experience.

The Phone

samsung windows phone ATIV S_educatesansar (8)So the hardware is great so far, and the experience is pretty solid, but how’s the ATIV S to use as an actual phone? That’s the reason we all purchase smartphones, right? For actually calling and messaging contacts, just with that little bit extra. As mentioned above, there’s no LTE support, but that’s no deal breaker as the Windows Phone performs valiantly as a mobile device.

Call quality is good and conversation can be heard clearly with no issues. The device itself feels good to hold, and while it may look as though there’s lack of texture, we’ve not had the situation where the ATIV S has managed to slip out of grip – particularly while in a call. While the 4.8-inch display is a whopper, there’s surprisingly no issue with reaching all corners of the real estate.

The added bonus to the above is just how light the ATIV S is. It’s a feather, especially compared to the Lumia 920. Something we’ve not noted in the review yet is how powerful the vibration is. It could just be our unit, but the haptic feedback is really, really strong – which is a positive indeed. The battery can last the day easily – another reason to game hard while on the move with 2,300mAh on-board.

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Canon Thursday announced EOS Rebel SL1, the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR camera. The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor in a body that measures 4.6″ (w) x 3.57″ (h) x 2.74″ (d) and weighs only 407 grams.

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“The EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera represents a new era in DSLR versatility: ultra-portable, full- featured DSLR cameras,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “The EOS Rebel SL1 combines the high speed, high image quality and expanded shooting range of a DSLR camera, with the easy and fun usability of a point-and-shoot camera.”

As mentioned earlier,the EOS Rebel SL1 features an 18-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor with an ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to H: 25600) for photos and ISO-6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for video. The camera includes a new nine-point centre cross-type autofocus (AF) and a new Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor, which provides a wider focus area when shooting photos or video in Live View mode, and a continuous AF speed that’s increased from previous EOS models. The camera is capable of shooting speed up to four frames per second (fps).

The EOS Rebel SL1 features Canon’s Movie Servo AF, which provides continuous AF tracking of moving subjects. When shooting video with one of Canon’s new STM lenses, such as the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (available in the standard lens kit), Movie Servo AF takes advantage of the lens’ stepping motor for smooth and quiet continuous AF. The camera is capable of full-HD shooting in a number of recording sizes and frame rates, and enables easy manual control of exposure, focus and Live View features.

The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 comes with a touch-enabled three-inch Clear View LCD monitor II and a Scene Intelligent Auto Mode, that detects faces, colours, brightness, movement, contrast, distance and other factors and automatically adjusts and selects the exposure method needed.

Users can also access advanced imaging features like the new Effect Shot mode, which automatically creates two different shots, one with a selected creative filter and one without. In addition, Creative Filters and Background Blur Simulation can now be displayed in real time during Live View shooting. Editing photos is also a snap with the Rebel SL1’s in-camera editing and cropping functionality. This feature allows users to view and crop the image using the camera’s LCD touch screen and save the edited version as a separate file.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera is scheduled to be available in April in the US for an estimated retail price of $649.99 for the body alone or $799.99 bundled with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens. India pricing and availability details remain unclear at the time of publishing this story.

-ndtv.com