The Samsung Focus smartphone with Windows Phone 7 employs a sleek design, a 4" super AMOLED touch screen, easy web browsing and Xbox Live access. Kevin Pereira and Tiffany Smith review the Samsung Focus, available for $50 with a contract.
What You Need To Know
- The Samsung Focus is one of the thinnest, sleekest phones we've reviewed.
- It's practically as thin as the iPhone and weighs a little less.
- The Focus is also part of the Samsung Galaxy-S family, which means it has a 4" Super AMOLED screen.
- The screen is still one of the most vibrant displays we've seen, but its resolution and brightness aren't quite as good as the iPhone. Either way, we like it a lot.
- We loved the Windows Phone 7 interface when we reviewed it a few weeks ago, and Samsung hasn't changed it at all.
- The touch interface is amazingly responsive, more so than Android.
- The multi-touch works like a charm.
- The menu system is less complicated than Android but also not as customizable.
- Regardless, we are big fans of the new Windows mobile and they've done a great job.
- For the most part, the Samsung Focus is just as fast as other smartphones when launching apps or multi-tasking.
- When compared to the Droid X and iPhone, the Focus is super quick at opening applications.
- As for multi-tasking, there's no switching between apps like there is on Android or iOS but Microsoft does run a few of the more important apps (like email and Internet Explorer) in the background.
- The 5 megapixel camera with flash works surprisingly well.
- The pictures look clear and detailed, as does the 720p video.
- We're used to cell phone cameras to be kind of crappy, but this was an exception.
- The web browsing experience is the same on the Samsung Focus as it is on any other Windows Phone 7 device, which is still good.
- The browser is quick to load pages and has pinch-and-zoom, but no Flash support.
- One odd feature is you can only type in an address in portrait mode while landscape only allows for browsing.
- The Windows Phone Marketplace is slowly filling up with apps and there are a ton of Xbox Live games you can try or buy, so the content is pretty good.
- There are almost 1,500 apps to choose from, including a few of the big ones like Netflix and Shazam.
- XBox Live is where Windows Phone 7 might have a leg up on the competition: games like Need for Speed and Assassin's Creed play great and you can try them for free!
- $50 with a contract on Amazon Wireless.
- Even though we're not sure what the future holds for Windows Phone 7, this is a spectacular deal for a feature rich and easy to use phone.
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