Dear Samsung - Here is a 101 reasons why I will NOT be getting an ATIV S
September 26, 2012 at 15:57 GMT | By Darlington Moyo
I can think of a 101 reason why I will not be getting the Samsung ATIV S but I am afraid I don't have a 101 minutes nor the strength to do so. I have been the proud owner of an i900 Omnia, followed by the i8000 Omnia II and then the i8700 Omnia 7, which I was ditched for an HTC Titan. The reason I went for the Titan was only because there was no worthwhile Windows Phone 7.5 devices from Samsung in Europe at least. I have since decided that I will not be getting another Samsung Windows Phone device and here are my reasons why I will not be getting the Samsung ATIV S [but I will gladly have a free one Samsung ;)]
What on God's green earth is ATIV? Apparently, it's VITA spelt the wrong way round. Vita means life in Latin but I think the person who decided on the name must have their brain checked out because it must be as dead as the ancient language itself. Why would I want a device with a name that's spelt the wrong way. And, I can't be bothered having to explain to everyone what it means and why it was such a good idea (not!). I can already imagine all my mates saying Samsung WHAT! It doesn't quite roll off the tongue does it? What's wrong with Focus or Omnia? Samsung Focus SII would have been a great name.
Recycled Android design
Anyone would be forgiven for mistaking the ATIV S for the Samsung Galaxy SII. Not to say there's anything wrong with the Galaxy SII's design but I would rather have a device with original and innovative features. Also you would think the ATIV S's spec sheet was that of the Samsung Galaxy SIII if no one told you it wasn't. Again, there's nothing wrong with the SGSIII's specs except that I would like to see something new and different in the ATIV S.
Most Samsung Windows Phone devices are nothing but abandonware. Even though my old Omnia 7 currently resides in the dark depths of my drawers, every now and then I afford it the light of day for the purpose of checking for updates. Needless to say, my Samsung Omnia 7 is still stuck on build 7740 of the Windows Phone 7.5 OS. I can assure you there are plenty of Samsung users that haven't seen an OS or firmware update for the better part of a year. That is not acceptable! I doubt Samsung's attitude towards Windows Phone will change while they are still loved up with Google. If you don't mind never receiving updates then go with Samsung, they will not let you down.
No Exclusive Features/Applications
When Nokia joined Windows Phone they realised that despite the OS being fluid and intuitive, it lacked a few features and functionality. So they set about trying to bridge the gap by bringing exclusive apps and features to the Windows Phone 7 while Windows Phone 8 while still in the oven. On the other hand, Samsung did nothing as usual. For a long time, the Samsung Zone in Marketplace had 2 half-baked apps in the Now and Photogram applications. I'm happy to report that the number had ballooned up to an amazing 15 near-useless applications.
Samsung will no doubt shift a fair few ATIV S phones if they bothered to try, but my suspicions are that all - or at least most - current Windows Phone users will shy away from purchasing a Samsung ATIV S for the reasons stated above. If not, those are my reasons why I will not be getting a Samsung ATIV S anyway. It's not out of spite or any other malicious reason, just mere fact!
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