Reviews and Problems with Samsung SGH-I917 / Focus
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Samsung Focus Flash review: Flashing around
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)
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.
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?
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.
Excerpt: The Samsung Focus is one of the first Windows Phone 7 devices to go on sale. It’s part of the trio of launch devices hitting AT&T in time for the holiday season of 2010. The Focus’ biggest selling point, besides coming equipped with the all-new Windows Phone 7 operating system, is that it has the same gorgeous four-inch Super AMOLED display made famous by the Samsung Galaxy S series of devices.
Pros: + Windows Phone 7 software feels fast and is highly stable
Cons: - AT&T FamilyMap: This $14.99 per month service allows you to track members of your family on a map with GPS (phone must support it). A free 30 day trial is available., - Windows Phone 7 still lacks key features like fast app switching, copy and paste, and more