- Michael Oryl , MobileBurn
It has good looks, great capabilities, and a brand spanking new OS.
The Samsung Focus was released in November of 2010 as a Windows-based competitor to the growing smartphone market. This GSM phone features the bells and whistles you would expect to find in a current-gen smartphone: a sleek and sexy design, multi-touch input, GPS and seamless integration with social networks and other mobile internet services.
Under the hood, the Focus has a single-core 1 GHz Scorpion processor with 512 GB of both RAM and ROM. The 8 GB of internal storage can be easily expanded by up to 32 GB with the addition of a MicroSD memory card, however, the phone's back panel battery cover must be removed in order to access the expansion slot.
If you are looking for a phone for multimedia use, the Focus can deliver. Its 5-megapixel autofocus camera includes a bright LED flash for great pictures in low-light settings and doubles as a full 720p HD video camera. For music lovers, the phone accepts a standard 3.5mm headphone plug and includes an integrated FM tuner. The Focus uses the same vibrant 480 x 800 AMOLED display that many other Samsung phones use, which is undoubtedly one of the best on the market.
While in many ways the Focus seems like another run-of-the-mill smartphone, the major benefit it touts is its ability to synchronize with much of the Microsoft software on your PC. The Office Hub package allows users to view and edit Microsoft Office documents while out and about, email can be synchronized with Outlook Mobile, and users of the Zune can add their music library to their phone similar to iPhone users with iTunes.
Its lithium-ion battery boasts up to 300 hours of standby time and 6.5 hours of talk time; however, in real-life situations you'll probably need to recharge every day or two. Conveniently, the Focus can charge and synch simultaneously via a standard micro USB cable, so this typically isn't a problem.
All in all, the main selling point of the Focus is its integration with Windows programs. For users who do not rely heavily on Microsoft software, the Focus is simply another bland offering in an ever-growing sea of smartphones.
Need to know: Samsung Focus
1. The Samsung Focus's AMOLED multi-touch screen is vibrant, beautiful, and highly responsive. (The Good)
2. The Focus integrates effortlessly with Windows 7, MS Office, and other Microsoft software packages. (The Good)
3. The Focus does not support Java-based applications at all. (The Bad)
4. With a single-core processor and only 512 MB of RAM, the Focus is a bit underpowered when loading or switching applications. (The Bad)
Reviews (8.3/10 Avg. rating)
An excellent choice if you're on the market for a Windows Phone 7 device
Pretty looking handset with its curvier design that makes it natural to hold
If Samsung keeps on producing fantastic devices like the Samsung Captivate and Focus, there is no stopping them from creeping up to the top spot in the global scene. Even though they sport opposing platforms, the results in various categories are in fact relatively similar – and that's why they're both wonderful solutions in the smartphone realm. However, consumers that are shopping around right now are going to need to weigh the benefits offered by both platforms since they have their own unique perks. Windows Phone 7 is the newer of the two and employes a straightforward exp... Full review
It doesn't really have any fancy features and isn't especially stylish... but it gets the job done
The Focus is kind of the everyman of the Windows Phone 7 line. It doesn't really have any fancy features and isn't especially stylish... but it gets the job done. If you're in the market for a WP7 handset, here in America you don't have a huge amount of options. We prefer the Focus over the Surround (for you AT&T buyers), but there isn't such a wide amount of differences between the two that either one would be a bad choice. The Focus is thinner and sleeker to some extent, though its plasticky build leaves a lot to be desired. Still, it's a solid, comfortable phone that works ex... Full review
There are a few weak points that hardcore smartphone users may not appreciate, but those aren't the fault of the phone itself
It's finally here. Windows Phone 7, Microsoft's latest mobile operating system has arrived and it's loaded on a handful of devices, including the HTC 7 Surround. The HTC 7 Surround is an excellent device that's going to attract casual smartphone owners and heavy multimedia users alike.
The Surround is teeming with top notch hardware. From its 1GHz processor to a 5 megapixel camera capable of recording 720p HD video, a kickstand for watching movies in landscape mode, and good battery life, it's a device that no smartphone shopper should overlook. There are a fe... Full review
It manages to differentiate itself from the other offerings solely because of its semi-sliding speaker and kickstand
Based on our initial experience with Windows Phone 7, it's clear to say that Microsoft placed a lot of emphasis on its presentation – which is evident with its heavy usage of transition effects and dynamic tiles. Although it showcases plenty if stunning visuals throughout the platform, the constant theme of responsiveness reverberates throughout every aspect of the platform; from the smooth kinetic scrolling to the lightning quick pinch gestures. Sure it's still in its infancy and doesn't quite pack a deep experience that some of the other mature mobile platforms bring to the... Full review
The Samsung Focus might not be the biggest and baddest device we've seen to date, but it shouldn't be this time around, because the attention is best
t's rather difficult to say whether or not this is indeed a make or break opportunity for the Redmond based company – especially when they're sitting on huge amounts of money taken in from their PC venture. Placing that to the side, it's a sobering fact that Microsoft has been steadily losing visibility in the mobile space in just the course of the last 3 years. Sure Windows Mobile had some humbling beginnings in the early days of the smartphone era, but things change almost in a heartbeat. And unfortunately for them, they were unable to adapt to the rapid changes in the indus... Full review
The phone lacks advanced features in scheduling and business messaging, and it wasn’t even able to open my PowerPoint and Excel files
The Samsung Focus is a wonderful piece of hardware. The screen is superlative, among the best I’ve used on a mobile phone, and the build quality and design are excellent. The phone sounds great during calls, gets good cell reception and snaps fine pictures. Battery life could be better, but it wasn’t the worst I’ve seen by a long shot.
Windows Phone 7 is inspired and completely different than anything I’ve seen before on a mobile phone (except maybe the Kin, but that doesn’t count). But from a business user’s perspective, WP7 is going... Full review
The Focus has what it takes to battle the best smartphones on the market when it comes to specs
After years of delays, Microsoft has finally stepped up to the plate and put forth a completely new smartphone operating system: Windows Phone 7. The Samsung Focus is one of the first devices to run on the platform, and it's a real charmer. It has good looks, great capabilities, and a brand spanking new OS.
The Focus has what it takes to battle the best smartphones on the market when it comes to specs. It is 10mm thick, features an auto-focus 5 megapixel camera with flash, and offers everything up on a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display. This part of the equation we know Samsun... Full review
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