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Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus

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After shooting some photos with the two, there's no denying that the Samsung Focus slightly produces more distinctive looking colors with its camera. Granted that there's a fair amount of detail seen with photos on both devices, you can visually tell that the color production with the Nexus S is a bit more on the bland side. In addition, the Samsung Focus continues to excel over the Nexus S since it still capitalizes on its strength by producing subtle looking colors – not to mention its LED flash does a better job at lighting up the scenery as well.

Google Nexus S - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Google Nexus S - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Google Nexus S - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Google Nexus S - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus

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Samsung Focus - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Samsung Focus - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Samsung Focus - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Samsung Focus - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus

Samsung Focus

Google Nexus S - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Google Nexus S - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Google Nexus S - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Google Nexus S - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus

Google Nexus S

Samsung Focus - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Samsung Focus - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Samsung Focus - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus

Samsung Focus

Google Nexus S - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Google Nexus S - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Google Nexus S - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Google Nexus S - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus

Google Nexus S

Samsung Focus - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Samsung Focus - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Samsung Focus - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Samsung Focus - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus

Samsung Focus

Google Nexus S - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Google Nexus S - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Google Nexus S - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Google Nexus S - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus

Google Nexus S

Samsung Focus - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Samsung Focus - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Samsung Focus - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Samsung Focus - Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus

Samsung Focus

Sample shots made with the Google Nexus S and the Samsung Focus


Samsung Focus - Google Nexus SDarkness with flash - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Samsung Focus - Google Nexus SDarkness with flash - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Samsung Focus - Google Nexus SDarkness with flash - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus

Samsung Focus

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Samsung Focus - Google Nexus SDarkness with flash - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Samsung Focus - Google Nexus SDarkness with flash - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Samsung Focus - Google Nexus SDarkness with flash - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus

Samsung Focus

3ft - Google Nexus SDarkness with flash - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
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When you're presented with one device offering DVD-like (720 x 480) quality with its video capture and another being 720p, one would suspect the handset with the higher quality would be preferable. And that's exactly the case in this mash-up as the Samsung Focus shows off its prowess. Boasting a fair amount of detail over the Nexus S, videos move along at a healthy rate of 23fps. However, the Nexus S moves at a smoother rate of 29fps – which clearly looks more fluid in its playback over the competition. Nevertheless, you'll more than likely want to bring along the Focus on your escapades.

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Sure you've got the more than functional stock music player with the Google Nexus S, but it begins to show its bland presentation when you check out the full blown Zune experience with the Focus. In fact, Zune combines a variety of elements, like being able to read bios in order to enhance your music enjoyment outside of the traditional experience. Moreover, the speaker with the Focus emits sharper and deeper tones over the Nexus S – which is still more than satisfactory in output to the ears.

We're presented with the usual stock music player on the Google Nexus S - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
We're presented with the usual stock music player on the Google Nexus S - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus

We're presented with the usual stock music player on the Google Nexus S


Mini player - Music player on the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Music player on the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Music player on the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Music player on the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus

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Music player on the Samsung Focus



Most people will be satisfied with the 16GB of internal memory offered by both handsets, but the Samsung Focus packs a microSD card slot to increase its capacity. However, it's not hot swappable and you can only insert one when you first set up the device – because removing it any time after that will result in possibly crashing your phone.


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When you compare Bing Maps and Google Maps, there's no question that the latter provides a deeper and more invigorating experience over its competitor. In reality, there's a small amount of functionality found with Bing Maps in its current incarnation as Google Maps gladly boasts things like street views, 3D maps, and free voice guided turn-by-turn directions. Additionally, it manages to combine other useful Google services to its hold – such as Google Latitude, Google Talk, and Google Buzz. All in all, you'll want to bring along the Nexus S if you plan on going somewhere unfamiliar.

Google Earth - The new Google Maps offers 3D rendering views on buildings - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
The new Google Maps offers 3D rendering views on buildings - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
The new Google Maps offers 3D rendering views on buildings - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus

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The new Google Maps offers 3D rendering views on buildings


Bing Maps for Windows Phone 7 - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Bing Maps for Windows Phone 7 - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Bing Maps for Windows Phone 7 - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
Bing Maps for Windows Phone 7 - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus

Bing Maps for Windows Phone 7



Partly because it's still new to the game, the Windows Phone Marketplace has a significantly poorer catalog of applications, versus what's in store with the Android Market. But as more consumers adopt Windows Phone 7 devices, we'd surmise a radical shift in the amount of apps available for the platform.

Android Market - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus

Android Market


The Marketplace hub gives you the opportunity to download apps on the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
The Marketplace hub gives you the opportunity to download apps on the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
The Marketplace hub gives you the opportunity to download apps on the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus
The Marketplace hub gives you the opportunity to download apps on the Samsung Focus - Google Nexus S vs Samsung Focus

The Marketplace hub gives you the opportunity to download apps on the Samsung Focus



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posted on 27 Dec 2010, 09:46 2

1. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 460; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)


I'll stick with my focus but to each his own.

posted on 28 Dec 2010, 01:44

2. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


an--droooiid

posted on 28 Dec 2010, 04:00 1

3. renegadEEE (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Dec 2010)


I've switched my Nexus One for a LG Optimus 7 and I must say I'm very happy I did. I loved the Nexus One and I've used android from the very beginning (G1) bu to me its features cannot compete with the nice overall look and feel of Windows Phone 7. So I'd definitely choose the Focus.

posted on 05 Jan 2011, 01:42 1

4. Patchy Patch (unregistered)


Ive been an Android fan for a very long time....just recently did I decide to dish out $630 to Rogers to buy the Samsung Focus straight out. Best damn $630 I spent on a phone....sorry Android but WP7 is my OS of choice now and will be for a long time. So fast and fluid, the UI looks SO nice, 2 updates coming in 2011 for WP7 that will add a ton of flexibility and customization, and I have been saying this before and I will say it again, by the end of 2011 WP7 will be kickin ass and taking names!

posted on 26 Feb 2011, 00:35 1

5. ding ding ding (unregistered)


wp7 has i think the best user interface overall but once wp7 gets more developed i think it can become king i still prefer the focus though

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