Samsung Focus with Windows Phone 7 Review

Posted: November 29, 2010
Samsung Focus with Windows Phone 7 Review

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.


  • Buy!
  • 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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Comments are Closed

  • taze201

    Today, 2011, I'm using a crappy LG phone (which I hate) and this phone now has a free contract for 2 years and I WILL get it since my birthday is next month, ima getting it :D. I hope it still works well today because it looks amazing. Is the only good Samsung from AT&T that is free here.

    Posted: October 9, 2011 12:12 PM
  • Sally Wong

    "Christmas was approaching . Everyone must was looking forward to it and was preparing for it "

    After reading the above, I for one would never do business with anyone that clearly displays they only have a grade three education.

    Love and Kisses: Sally Wong :

    Posted: November 30, 2010 8:12 PM
  • witcher

    Very nicely done review,
    We got two of these phones and agree 100% with the review. My wife & I are very pleased with the device. Love the UI compared to our "old Iphone icon mess"..The Video hub with zune subscription is superb..Being able to use the volume controls to control player when phone is locked is also great...Now i am understanding the MS commercials, without unlocking phone there is alot of information to peek at. without unlocking phone..Take a picture sends directly to our skydrive...Anyways the phone with the upcoming update will be a very complete device.....Take Care all

    Posted: November 30, 2010 2:36 PM
  • nvserg

    I love the phone, flash and copy past is down side but copy past will be updated 1QR of 2011. what kills it the fact none of the phones are 4G. other then that, its all G double O D good with me =o)

    Posted: November 30, 2010 2:28 PM
  • SliQuid

    i have this phone..its pretty cool besides the fact of the customization is limited..cant customize ringtones almost made me wanna give the phone back..also if u put a micro card into it, the card integrates with the phone so removing it will wipe the phone and possibly cause problems...come on microsoft..get this together please

    Posted: November 29, 2010 8:11 PM