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Samsung Focus S Review

Samsung Focus S

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Samsung Focus S Review
Introduction:

Showing their full support for Microsoft’s mobile platform, AT&T has been the most vigilant carrier domestically to take hold of Windows Phone so openly. Following through in a similar manner to what we saw last year when the platform exploded onto the scene, there has been nothing short of top-notch Mango filled devices of late for AT&T. Already, we’ve been tantalized by the compact Samsung Focus Flash and impressed with the mighty HTC Titan, but the Samsung Focus S seemingly fits the bill as being a premier offering that’s sure to melt the hearts of many with its Super AMOLED Plus display, slim figure, and HSPA+ connectivity. Can this possibly make the A grade and become the Windows Phone to own right now?

Samsung Focus S Review
The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Stereo Headset
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Health & Safety and Warranty Guide

Design:

Unequivocally, the handset is literally the Windows Phone version of the Samsung Galaxy S II – it bears many of the design characteristics that are prevalent with the beloved smartphone. Granted that it’s not necessarily a fresh look, we’re humble to the fact that it works out very well for the Focus S, as it clearly maintains a light figure (3.9 oz) and streamlined body (0.33” thick). However, seeing that it’s nothing more than the typical plastic construction we tend to see from Samsung, it doesn’t entirely come off as sturdy feeling compared to the metallic casing of the HTC Titan.

The Samsung Focus S maintains a light figure and streamlined body - Samsung Focus S Review
The Samsung Focus S maintains a light figure and streamlined body - Samsung Focus S Review
The Samsung Focus S maintains a light figure and streamlined body - Samsung Focus S Review

Samsung Focus S Review

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On one hand, the HTC Titan presented our eyes with a ginormous display, but despite its smaller size, the 4.3” WVGA (480 x 800) Super AMOLED Plus display of the Samsung Focus S stands equally on the same pedestal. Well, that’s partly due to  the saturated color tones and wide viewing angles we’re presented with, which of course, combine together to enthrall anyone to its glistening glow. Moreover, its resolution is hardly flattering in this day and age, but it’s undoubtedly sufficient enough to keep our eyes content.

The 4.3” WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display of the Samsung Focus S - Samsung Focus S Review
The 4.3” WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display of the Samsung Focus S - Samsung Focus S Review

Unlike most of the Android phones out there, we’re hardly ever finding ourselves accidentally pressing any of the three capacitive buttons on the Focus S. Meanwhile, there’s a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera above the display to provide video chat functionality with the Tango app.

Capacitive buttons - Samsung Focus S Review
Front-facing camera - Samsung Focus S Review

Capacitive buttons

Front-facing camera


Looking around the body of the handset, it employs all the usuals we tend to see with Windows Phones – like a volume rocker, power button, two-level shutter key, 3.5mm headset jack, noise-cancellation microphone, standard microphone, and a microUSB port for charging/data connectivity.

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

microUSB port (bottom)

Volume rocker (left)

3.5mm jack (top)

Power and camera keys (right)


In the rear, it’s sporting an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash towards the top middle, while a couple of notches near the bottom right are used for its speakerphone. Pulling off the plastic rear cover, we’re instantly given access to the smartphone’s 1,650 mAh battery and SIM card slot.

Back - Samsung Focus S Review
Camera - Samsung Focus S Review
Back cover removed - Samsung Focus S Review

Back

Camera

Back cover removed



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Samsung Focus S

Samsung Focus S

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) Super AMOLED Plus
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1400 MHz
Size4.96 x 2.63 x 0.33 inches
(126 x 67 x 8 mm)
3.90 oz  (111 g)
Battery1650 mAh, 6.5 hours talk time

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