Samsung Focus

Basic Specs

Thickness 0.4 inches
Weight 0.26 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 4 inches
Carriers AT&T
Operating system Windows Phone
Launch OS version 7

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...

Alias SGH-I917
FCC ID A3LSGHI917

Hardware

Height 4.92 inches
Width 2.52 inches
Thickness 0.4 inches
Weight 0.26 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color Black
Loudspeaker Mono

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 4 inches
Technology Super AMOLED
Pixel arrangement PenTile
Resolution (Y) 800 px
Resolution (X) 480 px
PPI 233
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

Processor

Manufacturer Qualcomm
Brand / family Snapdragon
Model QSD8250
Clock speed 1 GHz

Memory

RAM size 512 MB

Storage

Internal size 6.9 GB
External type microSD

Rear Camera

Resolution 5 megapixels
Flash LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 720p

Software

Operating system Windows Phone
Launch OS version 7

Interface

Video out No
Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB

Sensors

Sensors Proximity, Ambient light, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 1500 mAh
Removable Yes

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7.6

Average User Review

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  • Camera(s) 6
  • Reception / call quality 8
  • Performance 8
  • Software 9
  • Battery life 7
  • Ecosystem 7

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by schroederrock (Currently owns)

    It's not poetry in motion nor is it the best performance in a handset for its time, but the Samsung Focus is a necessity phone. It does exactly what you need and a little more without ifs/ands/buts. A reasonable 4" screen, fairly light-weight build, removable battery, and a microSD expansion slot makes for some cool extras. If you don't destroy it, this phone is capable of satiating the appetite of anyone but the high-end connosieur of smartphones. I certainly have loved mine and am only going to replace it because I was given a free Lumia 900. But I strongly recommend for anyone looking for a nice middle-of-the-road smartphone that doesn't want to have to hassle with glitches or poor manufacturing.

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by prezmc (Currently owns)

    I've had the focus a short time now, it's updated to Mango, and here's my breakdown:

    PROS:
    Screen brightness and black levels
    Runs snappy
    Exchange/Office365 integration is good (including access to documents stored on Office365)
    Social Integration works fairly well with Twitter and Facebook, although there is a brief learning curve on how to best use it.
    Typing was good like my iPhone. Auto correct did a good job as well.
    Really like the user experience with the Live Tiles, and the interface as a whole.

    CONS:
    Screen quality is not perfect. There is a slight blue shade in the top left corner that can be seen when looking at a white background.the color gradients are a bit limited and inaccurate.
    Marketplace lacks some needed apps, like support for google or amazon music.
    Battery is OK. Not any better than my android (Atrix).
    The auto brightness feature is distracting. It's often changing brightness when in use, switching between apps.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by Entegy (Currently owns)

    The Focus is my current phone. With the Mango update, Windows Phone is an absolute joy to use. The OS is fluent, and well designed. It's super snappy, even though it's specs are considered low and I've further crippled it by adding an unsupported microSD card.

    Most apps I've wanted are already on Windows Phone, so there's no issue there for me. The email client is fantastic and rather than force all email into one 'mail" app, you can link your inboxes at will to keep them separate if you so wish.

    The Zune ecosystem that Windows Phone is tied into is very attractive to a music listener with Zune Pass as I can download any music on the go and it's a built-in service, putting it one step above other streaming services on Windows Phone.

    My only complaint is the battery of the Focus is the weakest of the the Windows Phone bunch and it can drain very quickly. Some days I make it home with barely any battery to spare, although Windows Phone's battery saver feature has mitigated that somewhat.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by abrahamvivas (Currently owns)

    I currently own this device and I am very happy with it. The WP7 experience is truly refreshing. With the mango updates, the device feels very fast (much faster than before as the transitions seem to take much less time than before). Although the Marketplace is growing, some of the apps lack the design that other platforms have, yet there are some exceptions and it seems that Microsoft is getting companies to place a bet on the Windows Phones. However, even though there might not be as many apps, the only app I wish I had is Mint for WP7, other than that, I have found every single other one I use regularly, or an alternative to. The device is sturdy as well (it has suffered a couple falls and works just fine) and the only downside to it is the 5mp camera which performs rather poorly on low light situations.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by usman54 (Currently owns)

    The Samsung Focus by AT&T is a pretty good phone overall. it has a very plastic feel to it but the screen is very great given that is has a gorgeous 4"Super AMOLED display on it which is very bright. The Samsung Focus runs Windows Phone 7.5 or better known as mango which is a massive update which brings linked emails, multitasking, better integration with social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, an improved Xbox live app, and many more features. The battery life on the other hand is a little bit of a downer , that Samsug decided to put in is a 1500mah battery and its great in the beginning but slowly starts to wear out and you suddenly see yourself charging the device every 4 hours or so. The Samsung Focus overall is a very good phone just a little hiccups here and there.

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