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Samsung Focus Flash Review

Samsung Focus Flash

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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
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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

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

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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Samsung Focus Flash

Samsung Focus Flash

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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PhoneArena rating:
7.5Good
Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1400 MHz
0.5 GB 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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