Live Tiles and Personalization on the Samsung ATIV Odyssey (Update)

UPDATE - Wednesday, Jan. 23: The Samsung ATIV Odyssey will be available online and in stores starting Thursday, Jan. 24 for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and new two-year customer agreement. 

A smartphone is a very personal device. Often it’s the gateway to stay connected with friends and family and your go to place for news that’s important to you.

With that in mind, Windows Phone 8 smartphones, such as the new Samsung ATIV Odyssey, have made it easy to customize your smartphone and its Start screen to match any personality. By adding resizable Live Tiles and changing the color theme, users can make the phone a unique reflection of their style.

The ATIV Odyssey, soon to be the third Windows Phone 8 smartphone in the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE lineup, also includes new apps to further personalize the user’s mobile experience.

The Now app provides easy access to weather, news, stocks and more, so users stay up to date on important information all in one app. Shutterbugs can use the 5-megapixel camera and  built-in Photo Editor app to apply filters, frames and stickers in addition to resizing, rotating and cropping photos. Once a picture has been edited and saved, users can share with friends or post to social media sites over 4G LTE.

The Mini Diary app lets journal jotters keep a record of their daily activities. Diary entries can include pictures, drawings, location and audio. Memorable times entered in the Mini Diary can be shared with friends on Facebook and Picasa.