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Samsung Focus Flash Review

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Samsung Focus Flash Review
Introduction:

When the platform officially launched over a year ago, all Windows Phones at the time were deemed as high class smartphones, partly because of Microsoft’s stringent hardware requirements. Now that Microsoft’s mobile platform has a solid year under its belt, it’s primed to explode even further with the latest class of Windows Phone 7.5 Mango devices. The Samsung Focus Flash is right there to get the party started for AT&T. Flaunting a fabulous $49.99 on-contract price, it’s sure to get some attention with its affordable cost, but let’s hope that it’ll shine just as magnificently as some of the juggernauts in the Windows Phone camp.

Samsung Focus Flash Review
The package contains:

  • Samsung Focus Flash
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Stereo Headphones
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Health & Safety and Warranty Guide

Design:

For its price, we’re amazed to tell you the truth that Samsung is able to construct a device that resonates with some quality traits to make the Focus Flash such an appreciable little guy. Compact and lightweight  (4.1 oz) in form, the handset employs an understated design thanks to its hard lines and angular cutouts, which all combine together to offer an easy on the hand feel. Moreover, despite the fact that its comprised out of plastic, it has a metal battery cover.

Compact and lightweight in form, the Samsung Focus Flash offers an easy on the hand feel - Samsung Focus Flash Review
Compact and lightweight in form, the Samsung Focus Flash offers an easy on the hand feel - Samsung Focus Flash Review
Compact and lightweight in form, the Samsung Focus Flash offers an easy on the hand feel - Samsung Focus Flash Review

Compact and lightweight in form, the Samsung Focus Flash offers an easy on the hand feel


Samsung Focus Flash Review

You can compare the Samsung Focus Flash with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Rather than retaining the same screen size found on the original Focus, we find a smaller 3.7” WVGA (480 x 800) Super AMOLED (not Plus) display on the Focus Flash. Obviously, it’s smaller in footprint, but thanks to WVGA resolution, it results in producing sharper details and clarity to make faint text easily distinguishable. On top of that, its Super AMOLED panel is such an attractive thing to behold as its pops with rich colors, wide viewing angles, and a high brightness output to make it very visible.

The Samsung Focus Flash has a 3.7” WVGA Super AMOLED display - Samsung Focus Flash Review
The Samsung Focus Flash has a 3.7” WVGA Super AMOLED display - Samsung Focus Flash Review

The Samsung Focus Flash has a 3.7” WVGA Super AMOLED display


Being a Windows Phone and all, we find the usual trio of buttons beneath its display, however, it boasts a physical start button – with the back and search keys maintaining their capacitive form. Meanwhile, a front facing VGA camera is perched above the display, but its purpose is shoot self-portraits as video chat has yet to establish itself with the platform.

Buttons below the display - Samsung Focus Flash Review
Front VGA camera - Samsung Focus Flash Review

Buttons below the display

Front VGA camera


Around its sides, the Samsung Focus Flash features a two-level shutter key, power button, volume rocker, 3.5mm headset jack, microphone, noise cancellation microphone, and microUSB port.

microUSB port (bottom) - Samsung Focus Flash Review
Volume rocker (left) - Samsung Focus Flash Review
3.5mm jack (top) - Samsung Focus Flash Review
Power and camera keys (right) - Samsung Focus Flash Review

microUSB port (bottom)

Volume rocker (left)

3.5mm jack (top)

Power and camera keys (right)


Lastly, there’s a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash and speakerphone grill located in the rear.

Back - Samsung Focus Flash Review
Rear camera - Samsung Focus Flash Review
Battery compartment - Samsung Focus Flash Review

Back

Rear camera

Battery compartment



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posted on 16 Nov 2011, 10:05 2

1. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Seems like a solid smartphone alternative to those who do not want an iphone, do want to pay a lot of money, and are not techies. Nice job, samsung......in case anyone wants to know:
http://www.phonearena.com/howdowerate

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 10:16

2. snowgator (Posts: 3289; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Agree, networkdood. This is a great price for an established device. (It has been released as the Omnia in Europe for some time.) For the consumer who just stumbles into an AT&T store looking for a budget smartphone, this will be a fantastic option.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 00:47

3. ore123 (Posts: 10; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


i think the lumia is the best looking up there ...

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 10:14

4. senbobaggins (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 May 2011)


Amazing. Yet again phonearena harshly review another windows phone. Complete lick arses to Android!!! Users rate it 9. More trustworthy than these reviewers.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 06:38

5. M-Walsh (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)


The Windows Phone OS is wonderful so I will just focus on the hardware.

Just got this phone for my wife a week ago. I wanted to get her the Focus S or Titan, but she is new to smart phones and thought those phones were too humongous. So I got her the Focus Flash and she loves it. It is small enough for her, yet the screen is still plenty big enough to type on and get a great Windows Phone experience.

The phone is extremely light in the hand. Camera works very well. One particular thing I noticed was that the battery life is great, which is important for my wife as she rarely remembers to charge the phone. The AT&T guy only charged the phone up to 25% in the store yet it still lasted without recharge for almost two days afterwards until I finally forced my wife to recharge.

This was while she was syncing her Live and Facebook accounts and exploring the phone for the first time, so it was plenty busy. Overall we have not found a fault with it yet.

I suggest check for best deal before you will buy this phone at http://www.bestdealschecking.info/samsung-focus-flash

Enjoy!

posted on 12 Dec 2011, 02:58

6. anidude (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


can anybody tell me if the camera is better than nokia e72 ?

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 10:22

7. maen555 (Posts: 8; Member since: 04 Feb 2012)


49.99 2 years contract its about 1199.76$
well it is expensive!

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 22:04

8. sped800 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


Focus Flash freezes? Has anyone heard about this? Many of the forum messages I found from Google complained that their Focus Flash freezes up, particularly when receiving text messages. They say the only fix is to remove the battery. I'm very interested in this phone because of Windows and because it is smaller and lighter. You don't suppose Google would filter positive reviews of Windows phones, do you? ;-)

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Samsung Focus Flash

Samsung Focus Flash

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
view full specs
Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255, Single core, 1400 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size4.57 x 2.31 x 0.43 inches
(116 x 59 x 11 mm)
4.10 oz  (116 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6.5 hours talk time

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