Nov 21

Quick Licks – Samsung Focus Windows 7 Review

?Recently, ?I had the opportunity to check out the new Samsung Focus with the Windows 7 ?OS.? Given that I’m fairly skeptical about Microsoft’s windows mobile operating system, ?I was pleasantly surprised ?by what I found.

The Samsung ?Focus is slim, but ?has a nice weighted balance to it.? At 4.07 ounces its light enough to be comfortable in your pocket, but heavy enough so you remember its there, (and if you’ve never had the experience where you forgot about it, and sat on your phone accidentally consider yourself fortunate).? The 4 inch screen itself takes up almost all the available real estate on the front of the phone, the rest is occupied by a well spaced grouping of home and function buttons contained in ?a small ?rectangular strip. ?The resolution on the Focus is simply amazing! ?The Super AMOLED screen displays stunning color and clarity similar to Hi Def. Text and pictures snap, crackle and pop.? The 5MP camera produced excellent pictures and video clips.

The Windows 7 OS was fairly intuitive to use, apps are arranged in 2 rows of large icons as opposed to many rows of tiny buttons.? The touch screen was very responsive,?? load time was quick thanks to the zippy 1Gig processor.? I ran through the available Office applications, ??the Facebook app (nice!) and the Netflix app. Netflix swiftly downloaded and began playing the movie requested. ?Though there was some pixelation at times with ?ATT’s 3G network, the quality of the picture was excellent. ?No doubt a WiFi connection would have played it back flawlessly.

It was great to see the Xbox application, (waaay overdue). No ?Call of ?Duty Black Ops available just yet (What?) but a few other sample games were. The keyboard orientation was easily changed from portrait to landscape, but running through a standard email test produced an above average number of spelling mistakes. ?The keyboard was slow to recognize the correct letter touched; hopefully this gets?fixed?with the first available Windows7?OS upgrade. ?The Samsung Focus only has 8GB of internal memory.??That’s simply not enough.??Today’s cell phone consumer has? a limitless appetite for media heavy applications and functions.? Fortunately there’s some external (microSD) memory capacity up to 32GB.

The Windows 7 mobile OS is exactly what Microsoft was going for.? It may be too little too late, but it is as advertised – a simple user interface. ?Looks like the Samsung Focus will be a holiday season winner for ATT. ?Now if they could only fix that overloaded 3G network…

Windows 7 ?apps are ?available here:???http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/apps/default.aspx

Samsung Focus Specifications:
? Form factor: Ultra-slim touchscreen bar
? Platform: Windows® Phone 7
? Processor/Chipset: Qualcomm QSD 8250, 1 GHz
? Memory:
? ROM: 512 MB, 8 GB user memory
? RAM: 256 MB
? External microSD™ Memory Card slot (card sold separately)
? Battery: 1500 mAh
? Dimensions: 4.84″ L x 2.56″ W x 0.39″ D
? Talk Time: Up to 6.5 hours
? Standby Time: Up to 300 hours
? Weight: 4.07 oz
? Touch screen: 4.0″ WVGA Super AMOLED capacitive

Samsung Focus Connectivity and Interface:
? Tri-band UMTS/HSDPA: 850/1900/2100 MHz
? Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
? Bluetooth® v2.1 + EDR
? USB 2.0 HS
? Wi-Fi®: 802.11 b/g/n

Samsung Focus Multimedia and Applications:
? Messaging and Email: SMS/MMS, Microsoft email options
? Camera: 5 MP auto focus with CMOS flash
? Audio: MP3, AMR-NB, AAC, AAC+, Enhanced AAC+, WMA, WAV
? Dynamic noise suppression from Audience®
? FM radio
? 3.5 mm audio jack: supports stereo audio and microphone
? Video playback: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV


  1. admin

    Thank You! Look out for more reviews as manufacturers push new models for the holiday season.

  2. DMuir

    Good review. Won’t inspire any purchase on this item. Love the blog! Keep ‘em coming.

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