Samsung Focus S

Basic Specs

Thickness 0.33 inches
Weight 0.24 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 4.3 inches
Carriers AT&T
Operating system Windows Phone
Launch OS version 7.5

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 4.96 inches
Width 2.63 inches
Thickness 0.33 inches
Weight 0.24 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color Black
Loudspeaker Yes

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 4.3 inches
Technology Super AMOLED Plus
Pixel arrangement RGB
Resolution (Y) 800 px
Resolution (X) 480 px
PPI 217
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

Carriers AT&T
GSM Yes
GSM frequencies supported 1900, 1800, 900, 850
UMTS / HSPA Yes
UMTS frequencies supported 2100, 1900, 850
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Tethering / mobile hotspot Yes

Processor

Manufacturer Qualcomm
Brand / family Snapdragon
Clock speed 1.4 GHz
Number of cores 1

Storage

Internal size 16 GB
External No

Front Camera

Resolution 1.3 megapixels

Rear Camera

Resolution 8 megapixels
Flash LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 720p

Software

Operating system Windows Phone
Launch OS version 7.5

Interface

Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB

Sensors

Sensors Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 1650 mAh
Removable Yes

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8.0

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  • Performance 8
  • Software 8
  • Battery life 8
  • Ecosystem 7

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by schroederrock (Previously owned)

    The Focus S is a great phone to own/use. Simply put: it's agile. Light build and quick on its feet. It has a Samsung AMOLED+ display and offers a solid experience with performance and touch response. It's not the greatest phone ever created, but then again it doesn't have to be. Basically a Galaxy S II scaled back for Windows Phone, the Focus S is worth picking up for AT&T customers.

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  • 7.0
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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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    Reviewed by Gadginator (Previously owned)

    I would be hard pressed to find a phone that had a better overall design. I'm not a huge fan of Samsung's plastic phones, but this one works. The Focus S seems impossibly thin and light. The first thing people notice when they hold the phone is how thin and light the phone is, especially with a large 4.3 inch screen. The plastic build is the 2nd thing they notice.
    I've always been a fan of the WP7 OS, and I think that on the surface it is my favorite mobile OS. Sadly for WP7 it really only has a surface, due to the lack of an App ecosystem. During my review period of the Focus S I constantly felt that the phone was held back by the OS.
    Besides the app ecosystem there really isn't a single thing I would change about this phone. Performance is great, the phone looks amazing, and it has a stunning Super AMOLED plus display.

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  • 8.0
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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.

    Focus S Photo Samples: http://www.flickr.com/photos/58097419@N05/sets/72157628533175517/
    Focus S Video Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks6X9yahCRI

    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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