AT&T to launch Samsung Focus S and Samsung Focus Flash on November 6th
Samsung Focus Flash has a 3.7 inch Super AMOLED display, but is driven by the same 1.4GHz S2 Snapdragon processor used in the Focus S. A 5MP camera is on back. Both models are follow-up devices to the Samsung Focus which, as AT&T pointed out, is the highest selling Windows Phone in the States. Will this duo keep up the tradition of the original Samsung Focus, said to have one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings of any smartphone? We should know shortly.
1. networkdood (Posts: 6329; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Something for everyone...microSD capable?
14. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i dont believe WP7 supports microSD card slots.
16. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
WP7 does support microSD cards but you'll have to do a factory reset, the only device with WP7 with expandable memory right now is the Samsung Focus.
19. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
ahh.. i was not aware of that. thanks.
So wait.. once you get the phone you have to do a fresh factory reset out of the box??
22. clevername (Posts: 1435; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
You actually do a factory reset for the device to recognize the micro sd. It won't even know it's in there until the reset is done. Its actually best out the box because then u won't lose any apps or pics.
. The reason it does this is because unlike android wp7 sees the sd card as part of its onboard storage. It doesn't differentiate between sd and its own flash. In fact when u check system status, or use apps that go deeper into system status you won't even see mention of the sd. Its treated as part of the phone. Which has its plus and minuses. But if a 32gb card is used, there's not much reason to swap it out, so the minus becomes mute.
2. Luuthian (Posts: 222; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
I'm worried about the Focus S's battery life... It's super thin and there hasn't a single mention of the battery's size or standard life.
Really it's the only thing keeping me hesitant about the device right now.
4. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
battery life worries why not just get a bigger battery pack. you wont get a whole day with any phone with heavy usage on any phone. a extended pack will allow that
8. snowgator (Posts: 3346; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
That is the wild card for a lot of people, the battery life worry. I am willing to grab an extra charger or two. Battery life to me is simple: The tech hasn't caught up to the need. It is very hard to find a "super phone" that will get you through a day of heavy usage. Actually, I say it is impossible.
However, the spec limits WP puts on it's screens, processors, and other hardware requirements is partly due to maximizing the battery lives of the devices. In theory, the way the hardware and OS work can drain a battery quickly or be used to extend it's usage time if managed well. Will the Focus S and the new WP accomplish this in real world usage? Really, really good question.....
13. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
my vibrant goes 24-36 hrs on a charge with moderate to heavy use. :)
its all about how u use it and the software that runs on it.
As far as the WP7 set goes, if its a 1700mAh or above battery you should safely get through the day with some spare juice left. SA+ screens are very good with battery life (unless you are running a lot of white screen areas) and an optimized hummingbird is the best battery life you will find from a single core chip.. and most powerful. How well its optimized in this phone, i have no idea though.
So the phone is basically an SGS2 with a hummingbird instead of an exynos. Any word on how much ram its running? I would guess 512, but I would hope for 1gig. :)
9. Heatfan316 (Posts: 497; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
I have the original Focus and the battery life is awesome Windows phones have great battery life, even though I'm an android fan windows phone wins in this department, the focus s should have better battery life then the original focus.
11. crankyd00d (Posts: 191; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
That's right WP7 has great battery life, it really shines in this department and compared to Android in a phone with identical specs WP7 is going to sweep the floor, and before anybody thinks I'm a WP7 fanboy my phones have been Android, just saying WP has the edge here and not by a short margin :-)
15. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
considering the battery life I get on my vibrant (24-36hrs)which runs nearly identical specs to this phone, I'd like to see your proof.
17. snowgator (Posts: 3346; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Of course there are exceptions, Remixfa- and several Androids have great battery life. Nobody on these boards that is worth a crap would doubt you about your Vibrant. But the hope is that WP will all get decent to great battery life, and there are plenty of Androids that are greedy little shocker-suckers that eat a full charge by lunch time. In that regard, WP is regarded as better. Again, the next Generation of WP are not out yet, so I am very interested to see if they are as good as hoped for.
I wouldn't let bad battery keep me from a device I liked. There are plenty of Androids I would love to own. Battery life is a bonus.
20. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
"battery life is a bonus" ... sad but true. lolol
The one thing that many juice sucking androids and WP7 sets have in common is that crappy S1 and S2 snapdragon chip. That thing is horrible on life. I dont know off the top of my head every WP7 device's battery stats, but I do know the combination of the snapdragon chipset and small battery in the HD7 is the 1-2 punch in its battery life. Add in the 4.3 inch regular LCD screen and its a knock out.
I laughed when I saw that battery the first time.. i thought it was pulled from a flip phone. .lol
HTC is known for its build quality, but its Achilles heel has always been battery life in nearly every set they make. They almost always pair a snapdragon with a medium to small battery which is bad.. but then they add in huge LCD screens Part of me thinks they keep it low to get more people to buy car chargers.. Thats probably just the conspiracy nut part of me though :)
3. quakan (Posts: 1265; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
the specs don't even matter with a windows phone...go get an android or iOS phone, u won't regret either one
10. djg71087 (Posts: 70; Member since: 10 Oct 2010)
Foolish!!! Their is a lot of great features in windows 7.5 (barely @ a year since the birth of WP, great things to come).
6. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)
sounds like a win for WP7. i had the focus for a short time and it was a solid device. and i wouldn't worry about battery life. WP7 did pretty damn good, better than my androids, but not quite the IP4.
Not a fan of windows, but either should put out solid performance
7. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
RIP Lumia 800 + 710.
If the displays on the Nokias use Pentile matrix the Focus S is the way to go.
18. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 934; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
"Will this duo keep up the tradition of the original Samsung Focus, said to have one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings of any smartphone?"