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Samsung Ativ S System: hardware, software and service

The display of the Samsung S Ativ with its diagonal of 4.8 inches, a resolution of 1.280×720 pixels and a pixel density of 314 PPI is similar to the screen of the Samsung Galaxy S3. Despite our use, longer-Pentile matrix, which is also available on the Samsung Galaxy S3, the display of the Samsung S Ativ is sharp enough; a staircase effect can be in black letters on a white background guess most, if you look very closely.

In addition, the excellent responsive inputs Touchscreen Windows Phones provides the test the AMOLED typical advantages such as deep blacks, high contrast and vivid colours and can also be seen from oblique angles still good, but AMOLED typically very slightly bluish and not so bright such as the LCD2 the competition model HTC 8X. With its size, the display of Ativ S is ideal for mobile surfing on websites, playing games or for playing slideshows or videos.

As if the HTC 8 X, the Nokia Lumia 920, and the Samsung is Ativ S in a test in the 28-nanometer process, produced Qualcomm chipset Snpadragon-S4-Plus series clocked with 1.5 GHz dual-core processor a 1-gigabyte memory driven. The Snapdragon S4 Plus chip MSM8260A in Samsung Ativ S and HTc 8X differs only in the modem from the Nokia Lumia 920 working MSM8960. It is unlike the two competing models, the Nokia Lumia 920 LTE (Long Term Evolution) , Samsung Ativ S provides maximum HSPA + with up to 42 megabits per second downstream. The performance every three smartphones are almost equal, the show of AnTuTu and the WP Bench benchmark that provide both guidelines for the performance of CPU, GPU and memory of smartphones.

The operating system is Windows Phone 8 installed on the Samsung Ativ S in the test. Manufacturer Samsung had publicly the late launch of its first WP8 phones – it came out end of January 2013 to be justified with software problems and should the delayed launch in fact due to performance issues – and thus almost three months after the Nokia Lumia 920 in the shops, then the decision of the manufacturer was right.

As with the Nokia Lumia 920 or the HTC 8X the system running quickly and smoothly even in 3D games and applications open quickly. In addition, the Portico update with build number 10211 is already installed on the Samsung Ativ S in the test.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Motorola RAZR

Motorola continues to double size, Samsung also has 1 gigabyte of RAM. In addition, the Koreans have with the Galaxy S2 already proven that with 1.2-gigahertz dual-core processor and 1 gigabyte of RAM unnecessary operation of the smartphone can be achieved.

The internal memory is used to store music, photos, videos and other documents can settle Apple. Because the iPhone 4S offers up to 64 gigabytes of storage capacity twice as much, space as the smartphones of the two competitors. Then Galaxy Nexus and RAZR follow with 32 gigabytes of storage, but different concepts, in second place. For while Samsung only uses flash memory, the Motorola RAZR used a mixture of each 16 gigabytes of flash and fixed integrated microSD memory. In a direct comparison of the two models could later result in a benefit to the RAZR when hobbyists as with some Windows Phones to find a way actually replace permanently installed memory card yet. This is currently only speculation and nothing for the average user.

However, when it comes to memory one can also cloud, so space on the Internet forget. For Apple, iCloud is the concise and serves not really for the permanent storage of data, but primarily the automatic distribution to all Apple devices with same account. Therefore, there is also free “only” 5 gigabytes of storage space, additional space must be rented yearly fee. More information about iCloud is available here. In the Android competition, the thing again looks a little different. Since Google is still working on a comprehensive solution, there are only fragmentary like Google Docs for Android, edit and save documents, which are online can. Photos are also here at the request directly to the Picasa service uploaded or downloaded.

Via the app MotoCast you about music or movies quasi stream from the cloud – in fact this is not quite correct: Motorola has gone its own way. For although access is through the Internet, but do not store the data on external servers, but on the home PC. Thus end up private data from foreign firms and the theory of memory available is limited only by the size of one’s computer hard drive.

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iPhone 4S, Galaxy Nexus RAZR

In time for the lucrative business of the year Apple, Samsung and Motorola have introduced their smartphone flagship models. Apple was the fastest with the iPhone 4S, we have been subjected to a detailed review. Nevertheless, that also means that the iPhone 4S is better than Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Motorola RAZR? The Apple iPhone 4S makes things right, a completely new design but it is not – at least it does not look like it.

That certainly cannot accuse both Android rivals, even though at least the Motorola model also bears the name of a famous ancestor. They have been completely redesigned and have their predecessors (if one can speak the RAZR at all of them) little or nothing in common. Therefore, the Galaxy Nexus shows off a huge display and new, razor-sharp resolution, while in name actually in favour predestined Motorola RAZR on a now already repeatedly used resolution and a standard screen size sets, but comes with housing and waterproof top design.

It comes to the Apple phone. The fans of the mobile phone especially for these, who love a stylish appearance, have no problem with degraded conditions and do not need so much effort. In addition, who buys the Motorola model? Individuals, who do not want to leave some freedom, nonetheless want put emphasis on technique and aesthetics. Too many stereotypes? Let us see the models more closely. The Galaxy Nexus has huge 4.65 inches and a pin sharp resolution 1.280 x 720 pixels along with Super AMOLED technology – Not so long ago this pixel cluster was still current on TVs across the 40-inch size.

Technically size is Motorola with 4.3-inch Super AMOLED on the second place of the test troika, but it cannot at the resolution and the number of pixels per inch (PPI) to compete with the iPhone 4S – here lies with the RAZR 256 pixels distant second behind, with 330 pixels Apple marked the peak. Feat, after all, the iPhone screen with 3.5-inch touchscreen IPS LCD technology and by far the smallest.

The processors there is more or less consensus – at least in the choice of the number. All three smartphone models use dual core, Motorola and Samsung chips use with 1.2 GHz clock speed per core. At least on paper, Apple is back.