Samsung Focus Flash Review

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.

The package contains:

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Samsung Focus Flash 360-degrees View:



1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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, case anyone wants to know:

2. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

3. ore123

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

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

4. senbobaggins

Posts: 8; Member since: May 22, 2011

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

5. M-Walsh

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 02, 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 Enjoy!

6. anidude

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

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

7. maen555

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 04, 2012

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

8. sped800

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 04, 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? ;-)
Focus Flash
  • Display 3.7" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 1500 mAh(6.50h talk time)

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