Samsung Focus S

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Reviewed by DaHui623 (Currently owns)

Design: The device feels great. I love how thin it is, and coming from a 3.2" display I am in love with the extra screen real estate. The glass feels SO much better than plastic on my Palm Pre. But, unfortunately, the Lumia 800 and 900 now exist and they make the Focus S seem just too plain.

Display: The display is good. The colors are plenty vibrant for me. But it's no retina display. I can't wait to see WP8 hardware.

Camera: The camera is OK. It takes a lot better video than still shots. And outside shots turn out really well. But indoors everything seems off, color wise, and just a little too blurry. That said, having a dedicated camera button is awesome and I'm not sure if I will ever be as happy using a phone without one.

Reception: I've had no issues with AT&T where I live. I left Sprint for this phone and couldn't be happier. I don't drop calls anymore, and the data where I live is 4-5 times faster than Sprint's 3G.

Performance: No complaints here. On the OS level everything is buttery smooth. WP7.5 seems great at handling resources very well. Some apps can get a little laggy. IE9 is great at some things, but terrible in others. Any touch UI in html5 is a no go.

Software: I love Metro. It's unique and engaging. The live tiles are awesome. As the OS slowly matures and features are added and improved, I think Metro will become very competitive.

Battery: Battery life has been good. I can easily last a day with normal usage. Any heavy gaming or video will deplete it, but that's to be expected.

Ecosystem: Well... it's getting there. The basics are covered, but I find myself constantly out on the latest gaming trend. Hopefully Microsoft and their cash can get things moving faster in the right direction.

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