Reviews and Problems with Samsung SGH-I917 / Focus
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Samsung Focus Review
8 December 2010
the i917 Focus Smartphone - AT&T
is a winner in just about every category. Though it's a bit bigger than I personally would like (I prefer more pocketable phones over those with ginormous cinema-quality displays), I do like just about everything about it.
The display is truly gorgeous, the phone is fast and responsive to my every whim, and the battery life is great.
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
Conclusion: The Samsung Focus is our favorite Windows 7 Phone launch device. The Dell Venue Pro might offer some serious competition but it's not available as of this writing and is destined for T-Mobile rather than AT&T. The Focus has an absolutely wonderful 4" Super AMOLED display, and the competition literally fades in comparison. It's also more sensitive to touch, even more sensitive than the iPhone 4.
Pros: Gorgeous Super AMOLED display, thin and light, good camera., Pro: Wonderful display that stands out from the crowd. Attractive, slim and light. Good performance, very good camera and solid battery life. Only Windows 7 phone with a user-accessible microSD card slot.
Cons: Glossy plastics may turn off those who like chic materials., Con: Piano gloss plastics are slippery and won't appeal to the metal and soft touch surface crowd. Must hard reset and wipe the phone if you want to upgrade microSD cards (due to Windows Phone 7 architecture, not a Samsung flaw).
Conclusion: It'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.
Pros: Brilliant Super AMOLED display, Long battery life for such a smartphone, Great responsiveness with WP7, Dynamic aspects of the homescreen, Zune integration, Accurate on-screen keyboard
Cons: Not yet a fully mature platform, Plastic casing that scratches easily
Summary: These days, smart phone shoppers have a lot of good choices in the $199 price range, even just on AT&T. So it means something when we say the Samsung Focus is among the top three devices in the carrier's lineup. Its Super AMOLED display is a brilliant showpiece for the new Windows Phone 7 OS and all of the entertainment options Microsoft brings to the table.
Pros: Eye-popping Super AMOLED screen, Attractive intuitive interface, Sharp 720p camcorder, Daily Briefing app for weather news stocks, Good selection of games and launch apps, Loud speaker
Cons: No multitasking for third-party apps, Camera has slow shutter speed, Only 8GB of built-in memory, Address bar for IE Mobile and Maps don't work in landscape mode