Summary: Whereas Nokia's Lumia 800 is standing tall as the flagship Windows Phone 7.5 device to lead out 2011 for Europe, the selection of new Mango devices is decidedly more competitive in the US. Samsung is taking a very strong two-tier approach with its Focus S and Focus Flash for AT&T. The former is being promoted as a 4.3-inch premier device for $199.99 on contract, while the latter Flash is priced at an entry-level $49.99 with a smaller frame and 3.7-inch screen.
Pros: Crisp, bright display, Low cost, Competitive Windows Phone specs
Summary: While not on par with current high-end offerings, the Focus Flash offers a near flawless experience for both advanced and beginning users. The budget friendly pricing, combined with decent hardware...
Pros: Screen Quality, Smaller Form Factor, Operates Fluidly, Inexpensive
Cons: Camera Quality, Lacking Battery Life, Low Storage Capacity, Slick in Hand
Conclusion: You must've figured it by now. If you're coming from an Omnia 7 you can pass right along - nothing much for you here. The Omnia W has a smaller screen and less storage than its predecessor - and the beefed up processor cannot quite make up for that. The Omnia W is not an upgrade however. It's actually targeting a different set of users that were left out last year - deterred by the price tag of the original Omnia 7.
Pros: 3.7" 16M-color capacitive Super AMOLED touchscreen of WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels), Gorilla Glass, Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, Dual-band 3G with HSDPA 14.4 Mbps and HSUPA 5.76Mbps, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, 1.4GHzQualcomm MSM8255Snapdragon CPU, Adreno 205 GPU, 512MB of RAM, 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, 720p video recording @30fps, 8GB of built-in storage, Standard 3.5mm audio jack, Standard microUSB port (charging), Wi-Fi b/g/n, Stereo Blueto...
Cons: Non-expandable storage, No mass storage, Zune-only file management and sync, No Bluetooth file transfers, No Flash (nor Silverlight) support in the browser, No DivX/XviD video support (automatic transcoding provided by Zune software)
Conclusion: After weighing in all its positives and negatives, we can say that the Samsung Omnia W is one decent all-around smartphone, especially when we take its price point into account. Sure, it may not come bragging with a dual-core processor, tons of RAM, or any bells and whistles of that kind, but its performance is nothing short of flawless despite the mid-range hardware that is listed on its specs sheet.
Pros: Compact and lightweight, Silky smooth navigation, Very good in-call audio quality
Cons: Storage cannot be expanded, Somewhat underwhelming multimedia performance
Summary: Windows Phone 7 as an OS has become mighty delicious after the Mango update. I would go on to say Microsoft has managed to offer a better user experience than what Android offers, making WP 7.5 second best only to the iOS. The Omnia W performs very well. Add an excellent battery life and a good display, and the dish is ready to be served, hot.
Pros: Windows Phone 7.5 is impressive, Excellent performance, Pretty looking UI, Good battery life
Cons: None, really!, Cheap battery cover opening mechanism, if we nitpick!
Samsung Focus Flash – an unassuming, but stylish Windows Phone 7 handset that everyone can afford
15 November 2011
Conclusion: The price is supposed to be somewhere between $50-100 with a contract on AT&T, which is pretty good for what you’re getting, but there aren’t a lot of reasons why you should choose a Windows 7 smartphone over the competition. If you like or need the OS, the Focus Flash is one of the best choices, though.