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Samsung Focus Review

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Samsung Focus Review
Calling quality is pretty decent with the Samsung Focus despite voices heard through the earpiece sounding hissy in tone towards the end of sentences, but thankfully, its near deafening tone makes it relatively adjustable in comprehending conversations without much fault. On the other side of the line, our callers did say that our voice sounded mute, but still manageable in hearing our words. Finally, the speakerphone is able to produce some loud tones, which can sometimes sound strained, but still handles well in providing distinguishable conversations. 

During our testing, the handset performed admirably in maintaining a solid connection to the handset with no evidence of extreme fluctuations in signal strength in the greater Philadelphia region.

It surely has to be attributed to Super AMOLED technology because the Samsung Focus is a champ in the battery life department after putting out over 18 hours of life after a single full charge – and that's 18 hours of heavy usage. Naturally, we had brightness set to automatic and consistently used the handset to do a heavy amount of web browsing and text messaging in that span. It'll easily obtain the standard one day mark for users who are a little bit more lax with usage, but nonetheless, the Focus obtains some high marks over the competition. The manufacturer has it rated for 6.5 hours of talk and 300 hours of standby time.


It's rather difficult to say whether or not this is indeed a make or break opportunity for the Redmond based company – especially when they're sitting on huge amounts of money taken in from their PC venture. Placing that to the side, it's a sobering fact that Microsoft has been steadily losing visibility in the mobile space in just the course of the last 3 years. Sure Windows Mobile had some humbling beginnings in the early days of the smartphone era, but things change almost in a heartbeat. And unfortunately for them, they were unable to adapt to the rapid changes in the industry to keep the light shining down upon them – thus giving up precious market share to the likes of Apple's iOS, Google's Android, and RIM's BlackBerry.

Casting off all of their previous reputations, we're happy to say that Microsoft has done an impeccable job in becoming a relevant figure in the mobile space once again with Windows Phone 7. Naturally, there are a lot of expectations on their shoulders, but for something that's running on first-generation devices, the mobile platform quickly captures some noteworthy attention thanks to its dynamic presentation which is tastefully supplemented with some ridiculously fast speeds. There's no arguing that they have a hit on their hands, but it's going to take some serious refinements in getting the platform on par with the diverse offerings seen with other mature platforms. Of course it's not quite as complete in all key areas, but its level of presentation finally sheds that whole notion of using a stylus for navigation as it seamlessly adapts to an all touch figure.

Ultimately, the Samsung Focus might not be the biggest and baddest device we've seen to date, but it shouldn't be this time around, because the attention is best reserved for Windows Phone 7. Granted though it does offer some pretty decent hardware, such as the 1GHz Snapdragon chipset and gorgeous 4” Super AMOLED display, which does well in showing off all of the glitzy eye candy that WP7 has to offer the end user. This well rounded device might not steal the show with its hardware showcasing, but it's undoubtedly Microsoft's wonderful looking and adaptive mobile platform that places the spotlight on them. Well done indeed.

Software version of the reviewed unit: 7.0.7004.0

Samsung Focus Video Review:


  • Brilliant Super AMOLED display
  • Long battery life for such a smartphone
  • Great responsiveness with WP7
  • Dynamic aspects of the homescreen
  • Zune integration
  • Accurate on-screen keyboard


  • Not yet a fully mature platform
  • Plastic casing that scratches easily
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 21:58 2

1. Random (unregistered)

Its a good review, I am excited for Windows 7 platform but sometimes I wonder if you put Cons just so its not empty. How can you list a "Not fully mature platform" as a Con when it is brand new, just seems odd to me. anywho I cant wait to see the phone in person!

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 04:45 3

3. oddmanout (Posts: 442; Member since: 22 May 2009)

I wouldn't say its a con but its something that some might find worth noting. A new OS means they'll be taking somewhat of a risk with the platform. I actually thought it was good to acknowledge it but like I said... I wouldn't call it a con for the device itself. Then again, its not exactly a pro.either.

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 04:37 4

2. oddmanout (Posts: 442; Member since: 22 May 2009)

Excellent review! PA has been catching my attention as of late. I just might stick around with site for my news.

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 04:12 4

4. KoldKore (Posts: 7; Member since: 21 Oct 2010)

Very nice review. Much better than Engadget's. I'll be sticking around on this site!

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 05:44 1

5. Xman (unregistered)

Engadget is Fully biased. Anything except iPhone is downgraded in their reviews. What baffles me is that they don't test the phone as the PHONE itself (antenna, call quality, display quality during daylight time). Phonearena is much better in terms of information of a review

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 06:54 3

6. Eingild (unregistered)

Nice review Phonearena. I hope the reviewer in this video gets promoted for he reviewed the handset very well. It's nice to know that Phonearena is trying its best to improve their site especially the reviews section. By the way, I saw the twitter account following Noah who recently left Phonedog. I guess Phonearena is also a fan of Noah. ^_^

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 10:51 1

7. jovel16 (Posts: 53; Member since: 05 Oct 2008)

Actually, I always have to be in the loop with our fellow friends about the latest news in the mobile world. Hope you like the other Windows Phone 7 reviews too. But let me say, I try to encompass everything without getting too in-depth in the videos. But in this case, it's fitting for a brand spanking new platform.

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 17:38 1

8. drewsadik (unregistered)

does it have a front-facing camera?

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 20:35 1

17. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


posted on 22 Oct 2010, 15:07 1

9. lallolu (unregistered)

Please can one change the language like in iphone and android phones without installing another ROM

posted on 23 Oct 2010, 20:39 2

10. kawatwo (unregistered)

My contract with AT&T runs out Nov 15th. Can't wait. I hope the battery life is true that would make it perfect. My Fuze has been awesome but is starting to feel a little slow after watching all these videos. I'm sure copy and paste will come in the first update. IE looks decent. Thinnest Win7 phone so far with probably the best battery life and best screen. Can't go wrong.

posted on 26 Oct 2010, 10:31 1

11. iphone2 (unregistered)

Bravo Samsung!

posted on 02 Nov 2010, 12:19 1

12. uui (unregistered)

come on wp7 we need u to make 480 x 854 (widescreen) display phones.

posted on 07 Nov 2010, 12:36 2

13. lalaland (unregistered)

ohh i love it!
the european one[omnia 7] is so mpliax hahaha
i want to ask something...
will this phone come to europe and especialy in greece or cyprus?
please ansewr;/

posted on 07 Nov 2010, 12:37 1

14. lalaland (unregistered)

thx anyway

posted on 01 Jan 2011, 05:22 2

15. Kate (unregistered)

I love this phone - thanks Samsung.

And I got unbelievable deals [just $0.01 for connections, and cheapest on the phone only option too] fromhttp://samsung-focus.co.cc

i love it!

posted on 05 Jan 2011, 12:01 2

16. Kyle Plante (unregistered)

first paragraph of page 2 ..."without no problems" should drop the no. thanks for your website ;)

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 00:24

18. Misdaminer (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)

I have owned this phone for over a year now, its a bit like getting dog sht on your shoe, you can still walk but it really stinks! Not the fault of the phone but MicroSoft really sucks. Next phone ... Android for sure.

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Samsung Focus

Samsung Focus

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.84 x 2.56 x 0.39 inches
(123 x 65 x 10 mm)
4.07 oz  (115 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6.5 hours talk time

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