Samsung ATIV S

Are you looking at new Windows Phone 8 devices for 2013? The Samsung ATIV S is available from O2 on contract from free when taken out with a plan worth £57 a month, or for £179 with an accompanied £16.50 plan. The high-end flagship Windows Phone is packed full of features that make the price point well worth the investment. We've taken the ATIV S for a spin for just over a week and have been impressed with what Samsung has produced.

We've previously looked at the device being tested over in Ireland on the O2 network. The Windows Phone has been delayed since it was unveiled earlier this year at IFA 2012 in Berlin. Samsung has continued to state a late 2012 release for its latest Windows Phone, but reports were surfacing of dates heading into the new year - which we subsequently quashed.

The ATIV S joins an array of Windows Phones being stocked and marketed by the UK mobile operator. O2 previously held an open day at its store in Westfield, Stratford which we attended. Folk from Windows Phone and partners were present showing off HTC, Nokia and Samsung hardware. As a slight bonus, there were even free cocktails.

What's packed inside the attractive package? An 8MP rear shooter (with 1.9MP front-facing camera), 4.8" HD Super AMOLED display, dual core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4, 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB (O2 model sports 16GB) of internal storage with expandable microSD slot, 2300 mAh battery, NFC+Bluetooth, and powers the latest version of Windows Phone 8.

So with plans available, what if you're not into taking out another contract or if you already have one with the network? O2 lists the ATIV S on PAYG (Pay As You Go) for £399, which is a strong price for top hardware. The network also has the HTC 8X, HTC 8S and Lumia 820 for similar prices.

Source: O2