The Good The Samsung Focus features a brilliant 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen. The smartphone has good quality, and the camera takes excellent photos and video. Windows Phone 7 brings a fresh and friendly user interface, great multimedia capabilities, and an improved browser.
The Bad No copy and paste yet. Limited support for landscape mode. Xbox Live games slow to load. The phone feels a bit plasticky. No direct syncing for non-Exchange Outlook accounts; must go through the cloud.
The Bottom Line Anyone looking for an alternative to the iPhone, but who wants better multimedia features and a more organized user interface than Android offers, should look at the Samsung Focus with Windows Phone 7, which has all that plus solid performance and a sleek design.
Samsung Focus (AT&T)
Editors' note:In our reviews of the HTC Surround and the Samsung Focus, we point out some of the more major features of Windows Phone 7, but for a more detailed look at the full operating system, please check out our in-depth review of Windows Phone 7.
The Samsung Focus is one of the first Windows Phone 7 devices to ship in the U.S, and all eyes are on this first wave of handsets to see if Microsoft's revamped mobile operating system actually delivers--no pressure. The device itself is very much on par with what's out there today. Similar to Samsung's Galaxy S models, the Focus features a gorgeous 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen, a 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera with HD video capture, and unlike some of the other Windows phones, it has expandable memory. As for Windows Phone 7, we get into the nitty-gritty in our review here but overall, we think it's a very solid start for Microsoft. The operating system has its flaws, mostly due to the lack of some basic features, but we found much to like about Windows Phone 7. There may be those who are wary and will hold off on buying a first-gen device with a new system, especially from a company that hasn't had the best record in the mobile industry, However, Windows Phone 7 feels different and gives Android a run for its money in the usability and multimedia departments. If the iPhone isn't your thing, the Samsung Focus is absolutely worth a look. The Samsung Focus will be available starting November 8 for $199.99.
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