Samsung Focus Flash review: A lot for a little

Samsung's new Focus Flash is a great Windows smartphone for those who want a little bit of everything, but who don't require the utmost in cutting-edge specs.

Samsung Focus Flash
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I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised by AT&T's Samsung Focus Flash .

The specs looked more than reasonable for a smartphone that costs a quarter of the price of most high-end smartphones out there. More than that, the features all came together to achieve a solid Windows Phone at a stellar value. While the Samsung Focus S may be a better choice for those interested in more onboard memory (16GB versus 8GB) and a potentially higher-end camera (8 mexapixels versus 5), this model has its own shot at mass appeal.

Why? Let's start with the vibrant SUper AMOLED screen, we'll move on to the 5-megapixel camera that takes quite good photos, and we'll round it out with the fast 1.4GHz processor. Plus, speakerphone delivered, and it runs on AT&T's "4G" HSPA+ network.

It isn't all rosy, of course (it never is), and there's a lot more to know. So, read the full review and see all the pictures (including the phone's camera photos) in CNET's full Samsung Focus Flash review.

About the author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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