Samsung Focus S

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Reviewed by enyoface1 (Currently owns)

The Samsung Focus S is currently the Windows Phone 7.5 phone to get if you're living in the US right now. The first thing you'll notice when you get it is the downright gorgeous display on it. It uses the same Super Amoled Plus display as the Samsung Galaxy SII and it looks just as beautiful. The only downside is that the 800x480 display 4.3" screen is a far-cry from retina dpi but I'm assuming you knew what you were getting into with a WP7 phone.

The second thing you'll notice is how surprisingly thin and light the device is. You almost forget you're holding a phone and not just an iPod touch at times. The device has a plastic case similar to other Samsung phones like the Galaxy SII and it has a similar lump near the button. While this plastic design is great for durability and weight, it does make it feel a bit cheap compared to an iPhone 4/4s.

The Focus S features a 1.3 MP front-facing camera and a 8MP rear camera. The front-facing camera is like your typical, mediocre front facing camera which is good for video chatting and profile pictures. However you shouldn’t use it for any serious picture or video taking. The rear camera on the other hand is superb. It takes fantastic macro shots and performs great in both high and low light environments. The 720p camera recording is also quite great.

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Windows Phone 7.5 is a fantastic OS and it runs fantastically on the Focus S. Like other Wp7 phones, everything runs smoothly despite the modest internals of the Focus S. The marketplace of Windows Phone 7 still has a long way to go with catching up to Android and IOS but it can definitely hold its own. For how little of the market WP7 currently occupies, you couldn’t really ask for a better app selection. However there still are the many occasions where WP7 is simply ignored by “cross-platform” developers that focus only on Android and IOS. Also the support from Google on WP7 is nearly non-existent with the only official Google app on the marketplace being Google Search.

If you’re looking for a WP7 phone to get right now in the US this is the one. It’s not quite as boldly huge as the HTC Titan and it has a sexy light and thin design. The screen is fantastic and Windows Phone 7.5 is always growing and getting better everyday

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  • Battery life 9
  • Ecosystem 7
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