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Samsung Focus Flash review: Flashing around

GSM Arena
13 November 2011
  • Conclusion: The Samsung Focus Flash is a device, which will easily grow on you. A lot of this has to do with the low expectations which the smartphone’s price point predisposes you to have towards it when opening its box. We did however, mention already that Microsoft’s strict hardware requirements for Windows Phone devices all but erase the gap between high and low end devices, which pack its latest mobile OS.
  • Cons: No system-wide file manager, Only 5.5GB of built-in memory available to the user and no option to expand it, No Bluetooth file transfers, No USB mass storage mode, Limited third-party apps availability, No Flash (nor Silverlight) support in the browser, Too dependent on Zune software for file management and syncing, No DivX/XviD video support (automatic transcoding provided by Zune software, but lowers quality)
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Samsung Focus review

16 May 2011
  • Summary: It's unfortunate that all this stuff must go wrong for Microsoft and its hardware partners. Like I've said before, twice: Windows Phone 7 has so much potential to be great, but the execution on many of the devices on which it runs has been spotty and, so far, not so good.
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Samsung Focus Review

13 May 2011
  • Excerpt: Well, a few weeks ago was the HTC Inspire, so apparently it’s time to do a 180 degree turn and review something developed by Microsoft instead. And so, like a plot twist in a bad movie, in comes the Samsung Focus, practically dripping Windows ubiquity, right when needed. As a somewhat jaded Microsoft PC user, the question is as follows: how will the Win7 Phone OS stack up against the other available mobile OSes, and would it be enough to warrant a switch?
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Samsung Focus SGH-I917 With Windows Phone 7 Review

Chip Chick
22 April 2011
  • Excerpt: The Samsung Focus SGH-I917 from AT&T is one of the first Samsung smartphones to come out that runs on the newish Windows Phone 7 operating system. The first ...
  • Pros: Excellent Display and form-factor, Great camera, Solid performance
  • Cons: Not a 4G device, lacks multitasking capabilities and other features – at-least until Mango update in the fall, no front-facing camera
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Overall 8

Samsung Focus (AT&T)

29 March 2011
  • Summary: Anyone looking for an alternative to the iPhone, but who wants better multimedia features and a more organized user interface than Android offers, should look at the Samsung Focus with Windows Phone 7, which has all that plus solid performance and a sleek design.
  • Pros: The Samsung Focus features a brilliant 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen. The smartphone has good quality, and the camera takes excellent photos and video. Windows Phone 7 brings a fresh and friendly user interface, great multimedia capabilities, and an improved browser.
  • Cons: No copy and paste yet. Limited support for landscape mode. Xbox Live games slow to load. The phone feels a bit plasticky. No direct syncing for non-Exchange Outlook accounts; must go through the cloud.
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Samsung Focus Review by Taylor

30 January 2011
  • Summary: Stacking the Focus up against its counterparts, whether on paper or in action, holds its own. It's size and the materials it's made of may not be as charming as the HD7, and the battery life may not be the best out there, but the Focus has some unique benefits of its own. Whether it's the beautiful display that becomes lost in the face of the device or the exceptional camera that wins you over, I'm sure you will be pleased with your decision.
  • Pros: Lightweight with good build quality; has microSD card slot, can capture some great pictures, quick with its Snapdragon processor; extremely crisp and colorful Super AMOLED display.
  • Cons: Mediocre battery life; very cheap, “plasticy” feel; some lag from time to time (third-party apps); Windows Phone 7 still has some bugs; blemishes very easily.
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AT&T Samsung Focus S - Review

28 January 2011

AT&T Samsung Focus Flash - Review

28 January 2011

Samsung Focus Review Pt. 1

27 January 2011
Overall 8

Samsung Focus (AT&T)

PC Magazine
25 January 2011
  • Conclusion: The Samsung Focus plays up Windows Phone 7's strengths and plays down its weaknesses for a great Windows Phone experience.
  • Pros: Slim and light. Gorgeous Super AMOLED screen.
  • Cons: Very few apps or games for this brand-new platform. Clearly 1.0 software.
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