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Samsung Focus Flash unboxing and hands-on

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Samsung Focus Flash unboxing and hands-on
One year after we first were introduced to Windows Phone 7 smartphones, North America is slowly seeing its fair share of freshly baked Mango devices. So far, the HTC Radar 4G for T-Mobile kicked things off as it became the first new crop of Windows Phone Mango smartphones to launch domestically – bringing HSPA+ connectivity to a Windows Phone. Well, it’s now AT&T’s turn as the Samsung Focus Flash attempts to allure customers with its fresh approach and inexpensive offering.

Packaging wise, there’s nothing out of the ordinary with this typical looking box, since it’s flaunting those characteristic white, blue, and orange color arrangements associated with AT&T. On the front, we find a small image of the handset, while in the rear, there’s a larger one that exposes more of its details. Also in the rear, we’re presented with some small tidbits regarding the handset’s highlights. Inside, the handset is shipped alongside with the usual accessories and information – like its documentation, wall charger, and microUSB charger. Thankfully, Samsung and AT&T was so kind to throw in a pair of headphones, which is nothing new, but highly appreciated considering its $49.99 on-contract price.

Samsung Focus Flash unboxing and hands-on
Samsung Focus Flash unboxing and hands-on
Samsung Focus Flash unboxing and hands-on
Samsung Focus Flash unboxing and hands-on


As for the handset itself, it easily reminds us of the Samsung Captivate, AT&T’s version of the original Samsung Galaxy S, since its overall design shares many traits. Specifically, it boasts some hard lines with some angled top and bottom edges, which combine together to give it a squarish appearance. Indeed, we like that it’s far more compact than the Captivate, but for a device that’s sporting a plastic exterior, we’re amazed to see it clean looking – though, its display does get dirty much more easily. Nevertheless, a quick swipe from a cleaning cloth gets it back to its pristine appearance.

Turning it on, we’re still captivated by its 3.7” WVGA Super AMOLED display because of its high-contrast, deep colors, and sharp details. Sure it’s not Super AMOLED Plus, but in any event, we’re still more than accepting of it. Internally, the handset is powered by a single-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor, which provides the horsepower to deliver a responsive Mango experience. Then again, Windows Phone is generally one of the most fluid and dynamic mobile operating systems out there. Meanwhile, it features other things such as a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, front-facing camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, aGPS, and the Windows Phone Mango experience.

Samsung Focus Flash unboxing and hands-on
Samsung Focus Flash unboxing and hands-on
Samsung Focus Flash unboxing and hands-on
Samsung Focus Flash unboxing and hands-on

Samsung Focus Flash unboxing and hands-on
Samsung Focus Flash unboxing and hands-on
Samsung Focus Flash unboxing and hands-on
Samsung Focus Flash unboxing and hands-on

Samsung Focus Flash unboxing and hands-on
Samsung Focus Flash unboxing and hands-on
Samsung Focus Flash unboxing and hands-on
Samsung Focus Flash unboxing and hands-on


Frankly, it might be small in stature, but don’t let its looks fool you because it’s definitely game in providing a balanced experience. Of course, we’ll be testing it out, but in the meantime, you can check out our unboxing and hands-on video below. Expect our in-depth review soon!

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posted on 04 Nov 2011, 17:35 4

1. ecml490 (unregistered)


I want a Windows Phone so bad! But too bad I have Sprint. (Though they do have a WP but it sucks). But just to add ... Hope Apple doesn't sue them for the physical home button...

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 18:03 1

4. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 254; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


dont u guys have the number portability option in the U.S?
in our country, we can switch carriers and keep the same number with no issues (or as u call it caller ID)

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 18:43

6. ecml490 (unregistered)


I don't think so. I think the only types of phones you can do that for in the U.S. are GSM phones which Verizon and Sprint don't have, though they do have a few world phones that I think can be used with other networks. Because I used a Blackberry Storm from Verizon on AT&T's network because the storm had a sim card slot.

But if you talking about switching carriers but keeping the same number then yea we can do that here in the U.S. But I don't want to do that because it's not worth paying Sprint's new $350 cancellation fee...

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 19:42 1

9. networkdood (Posts: 6297; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


LOL, yes, you can - most landline and wireless numbers in the U.S. can freely change carriers.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 23:46 1

14. Nachoz (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


If you want to get out the contract, just call sprint complaining about dropped calls and poor reception. you'll have to talk them down a but, but after a while, they'll be able to cancel your contract without the fee and you'll be able to switch carriers. I know this from experience. :-)

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 06:11

16. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Yeah one can port the numebr out to another carrier but problem is when u have a 2 year contract.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 17:39 5

2. remixfa (Posts: 14042; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


wow.. those live tiles look extra sharp on some sexy Super Amoled. I dont know how anyone could choose a phone without it.. lol.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 17:53 3

3. snowgator (Posts: 3275; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I KNOW!! I was so sure I would be all in on the Titan, but those tiles just pop off this screen!! Looking so excitedly to playing with the Focus S and the HTC counterpart!

As for the Flash, a great option at fifty bucks, and with a much better processor than the Radar. Sammy is really offering a bargin. AT&T is rumored to be backing WP with advertisements and store support. Be nice to see Windows at least be given a fair chance to compete...

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 18:38 3

5. remixfa (Posts: 14042; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Agreed. Im not sure why Samsung didnt make this a 4.3 incher or at least a 4 incher.. Its got better specs than the rest.

Oh well, still a perty phone.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 19:15

8. Penny (Posts: 1242; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Sadly, my only WP7 choice on Verizon was the HTC Trophy, with an LCD. Oh well, it is still one of the better LCD's I've seen, but I do get a bit envious of my brother's Super AMOLED Plus.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 19:09 1

7. myclevername (Posts: 94; Member since: 07 Jun 2010)


Patience grasshoppers....your wishes will come true. Samsung Focus S is being announced on the 7th for AT&T. 4.3" screen.

Phone specs
Display480x800 (4.27” WVGA)
Processor 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255
Camera Yes (8 MP AF w/ LED flash + 1.3 MP VGA front-facing camera)
Battery Life9 hours/25 days

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 20:29 4

10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3040; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


People can whine and cry about Samsung's "Plastic" designs but in the end they are the most desired devices there is. You can keep your metal crappy washed out lcd displays, I love my super sexy amoled.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 22:47 1

13. BReND0 (Posts: 62; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Dude no joke, my Samsung Vibrant fell out of my pocket, i backed my car up and ran it over, it was facee down so there where spider cracks galore, a few pieces around the edge fell out, but that little plastic Galaxy s phone, still worked... It made calls, took pics, play games, I know theyre all made cheap, but it held up under my tire and well the insurance gave me a galxay S 4g....sO ANYONE OF YOUR WORRIED ABOUT SAMSUNGS PLASTIC , LIGHT WEIGHT FEEL , sorry for caps, But they hold up...this is a true story, swear on my momma....

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 03:50 2

15. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Why LCD are crappy? Because samsung has super duper amoled doesn't mean that the rest looks old & pathetic.
Look at Nokia IPS LCD CBD (God...what a name) or Amoled CBD. Those are great displays with great colors, contract and huge brightness and almost the only difference between them and super amoled is just a name.
LG will introduce his own version of 720p screen and If they want to stay in the game, it must be something really WOW (c'mon! they makes tvs and monitors...they must do sth really great).
Don't be so fanatic when it comes to company or display preferences.
It reminds me "retina case".
Every company wanted so badly to have such a monster...samsung still doesn't have one (720p pentile is not really a 720p, just like first nexus). moto is good with 960x540, htc is sth planning sth better than s-lcd and they just released rezound. It won't take long to catch samsung and his SA+ precious displays.

Like someone said here to me "you care only about camera!".
Not only, but this is a major factor for me.
People don't look only at displays. Build quality matters too. So samsung plastic can be a deal breaker.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 20:31

11. Netolic (Posts: 141; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


when is HTC titan going to be release?????

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 20:45

12. Dark4o90 (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Feb 2011)


why do the old hardware go to WP7 ?

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 06:17 3

17. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Becasue that's all it needs to work properly.

posted on 06 Nov 2011, 02:02

18. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Is its display PenTile or regular?

If it and the Focus S' screens are PenTile then the Lumia 800 is the way to go.

Sorry HTC, come back to Amoled tech!!! I cannot purchase a Radar or a Titan knowing it has a regular S-LCD screen.

posted on 06 Nov 2011, 19:39

19. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1050; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Have you seen the Radar's screen in person? It looks amazing, even better than my super amoled screen because it's so sharp and crisp. It's specs don't sound great but somehow it just works.

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