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Samsung I917 / Focus

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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

Pocketables
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

Tekgoblin
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
29 January 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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AT&T Samsung Focus S - Review

WMExperts
28 January 2011

AT&T Samsung Focus Flash - Review

WMExperts
28 January 2011

Samsung Focus Review

pocketnow.com
26 January 2011
  • 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
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Overall 8
8.0

Samsung Focus (AT&T)

CNET
26 January 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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Overall 8
8.0

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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Overall 8
8.0

Samsung Focus Review

Brighthand
8 December 2010
  • Excerpt: The Samsung Focus is one of the very first models with Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system, which has a greater emphasis on consumers than earlier versions did. Jen Edwards[...
  • Pros: Almost unbelievably good AM-OLED display, Super fast and responsive, Excellent camera, Very good battery life, Great navigation features in AT&T Navigator
  • Cons: Very large and barely pocketable, especially for the ladies, External speaker has great volume, but is rather tinny, Not much third-party software yet
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