The Samsung ATIV Odyssey is about as plain as plain gets. On the whole, it’s not a terrible phone (though there are some bad aspects, like the camera and display) it’s just uninspired and safe. This is one case where you can judge a book by its cover; the unremarkable design tells you everything you need to know about this phone.
But, like most mid-tier phones, the price is its strongest point. The Odyssey can only be faulted so much for its shortcomings and modest features when $50 price tag is factored in. Still, there are better options than this one out there for just a little more cash, like the Nokia Lumia 810/820/822 carrier variants (if you’re looking to stick with Verizon, the Lumia 822 is the one you’re looking for). Given that there are so few Windows Phone 8 handsets out there for US customers — the Lumia 820 variants, the Lumia 920, and the HTC 8X are your only other options — it would have been nice to see something a little more head-turning than the ATIV Odyssey.