Samsung Focus

$92
  • Windows Phone 7
  • 4"
  • 1 GHz
Released November, 2010
Beyond the budget price is a nice 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1.4GHz processor, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, and a front-facing camera.
Rated 76% by by c|net (May, 2012)

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Samsung Focus

Front view of Samsung Focus
A 4-inch Super AMOLED display greets you on the phone's face, with a 800x480-pixel (WVGA) resolution that's pretty standard for a screen this size.
Rated 76% by by c|net (May, 2012)

screen size

4"
3.2"
4.7"
Within each hub, you will find a panoramic user interface with bold, attractive text splashed across the top to identify different subsections (aka Pivots) that you can swipe across and in some cases, a small contextual toolbar along the bottom of the screen to help you perform specific tasks to the app.
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It was only when we pressed the volume rocker by accident that a small toolbar dropped down from the top of the screen to expose the media buttons.
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screen resolution

Samsung Focus
LG Optimus G
Nokia X6
You can also bookmark sites, and if you feel like it, you can pin pages to the Start screen for easier access.
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You can also "pin" new tiles, but to do so, you must first navigate to the list of apps (press arrow to the right of the Start screen) or the People hub, find the item that you want to add, and then pin it to the Start screen.
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memory

0 GB
1 GB

0.5 GB
2 GB
2 GB

processor

Samsung Focus
LG Optimus G
Nokia Lumia 520
Virtually the same Mango experience as its more expensive brethrenThanks in large part to its 1.4GHz processor and 512MB — more or less the same internals that the other Mango devices have — the software runs just as smoothly as its competition.
Focus by The Verge (Nov, 2011)

camera resolution

0 MP
8 MP

5 MP
7.99 MP
8 MP
The back is plastic with a strip of faux sheet metal — for as best as I can tell just an aesthetic look — and above that there's a 5-megapixel camera with adjacent LED flash.
Focus by The Verge (Nov, 2011)
Starting with the basics of the phone, the Samsung Focus offers quad-band world roaming, a speakerphone, conference calling, voice dialing, text and multimedia messaging, and the full range of wireless options: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, and GPS.
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clock speed

Samsung Focus
Nokia X6
LG Optimus G
 

Performance Real world tests of Samsung Focus

cpu speed

1 GHz
0.43 GHz
1.5 GHz

browser benchmark

Samsung Focus
Nokia N900
Nokia X6
There's some consolation in the fact that Adobe did say at Mobile World Congress that it's working with Microsoft to bring Flash to the browser, but it just won't be in time for the holiday launch.
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For the most part, you can access most of the information you would see on Facebook from within the People hub, but if there is something requires you to go outside the hub, you have to sign into your account via the browser, as the dedicated Facebook app isn't available yet.
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download speed

2.51 Mb/s
21.1 Mb/s
0.73 Mb/s

talk time

390 min
900 min
690 min
Microsoft stripped away all unnecessary information (almost too much, actually-the status bar displaying battery life, signal strength, and so forth goes into hiding after a couple of seconds) and soft buttons, and created a Start screen that consists of "live tiles," which are essentially dynamic widgets to your favorite apps, contacts, and hubs and also display alerts, such as new e-mail and missed calls.
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Windows Phone 7 also allows for Wi-Fi syncing, so you can drag and drop files to the phone icon on the desktop client, then the next time you plug the phone in for a charge and it detects your preferred Wi-Fi network, it will wirelessly sync the new files.
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Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

Sortable isn't aware of anything this item excels at.

cons

  • 1 GHz

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 71%
Read the review (Nov, 2011)
No, the tradeoff Samsung made here to hit that $49.99 price point is what else makes up a phone — namely, a plastic-y chassis, so-so call quality, and a really bad camera.
Rated 76%
Read the review (May, 2012)
Rated 80%
Read the review (Oct, 2010)
The iPhone is still the one to beat in terms of ease of use, but in a competition for simplicity between Android and Windows Phone, we'd say the latter would win.

Apps

Many of the apps, such as Twitter, Slacker, and IMDb have adopted the same type of panoramic interface found in the hubs, so you already get a familiar feel as you're using the apps.
Samsung Focus | Rated 80% by by c|net (Oct, 2010)
All synchronization and content management between your device and your computer will be handled through the Zune software; there's no more Exchange ActiveSync, and we can't that we're sad about that fact.
Samsung Focus | Rated 80% by by c|net (Oct, 2010)
We didn't have any issues download attachments, but be aware that initially you have to manually sync your folders.
Samsung Focus | Rated 80% by by c|net (Oct, 2010)

Operating system

That said, it'd be nice to have better player control when multitasking.
Samsung Focus | Rated 80% by by c|net (Oct, 2010)
Microsoft is continuing to evolve the OS in all the right ways, but it still hasn't quite matched the functionality of its iOS or Android peers.
Samsung Focus | Rated 71% by by The Verge (Nov, 2011)
The Windows Phone Connect to Mac desktop client is pretty bare-bones, but at least it provides you a way to sync iTunes and iPhoto with your phone.
Samsung Focus | Rated 80% by by c|net (Oct, 2010)

Screen

You can also easily create new appointments using the contextual toolbar at the bottom of the screen and set such options as a reminder, occurrence, and status, but we weren't able to access our corporate directory to add attendees, only those listed in our contacts list.
Samsung Focus | Rated 80% by by c|net (Oct, 2010)
That said, provided external light sources don't catch and bounce off the screen, both the horizontal and vertical viewing angles are quite impressive.
Samsung Focus | Rated 71% by by The Verge (Nov, 2011)
You can rearrange the order of the tiles and remove them by doing a long press on the screen.
Samsung Focus | Rated 80% by by c|net (Oct, 2010)

Operating System

We'd say it's on par with the Android keyboard.
Samsung Focus | Rated 80% by by c|net (Oct, 2010)
Like many other smartphone, Windows Phone 7 is able to merge contact information from different e-mail accounts and social networking sites, but it's a bit limited in scope and capabilities right now.
Samsung Focus | Rated 80% by by c|net (Oct, 2010)
In fact, if your only concern is finding a cheap device that runs Windows Phone 7.5, you can't do much wrong here.
Samsung Focus | Rated 71% by by The Verge (Nov, 2011)

Camera

The Samsung Focus is similar to the Galaxy S series in design.
Samsung Focus | Rated 80% by by c|net (Oct, 2010)
In Samsung's case, it chose to go with all touch-sensitive buttons on the Focus.
Samsung Focus | Rated 80% by by c|net (Oct, 2010)
Of course, as an AT&T phone, the Samsung Focus also comes preloaded with a number of carrier services, including AT&T Navigator, AT&T Radio, and AT&T U-verse Mobile, which allows you to download TV shows via Wi-Fi onto the phone.
Samsung Focus | Rated 80% by by c|net (Oct, 2010)

Editions Editions of the Samsung Focus

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$92
232 ppi 1 GHz
 
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