gGadget > Samsung® Focus S: Everything You Need to Know
Quite a few reviewers have named the Samsung Focus S the best Windows phone on the market. Whether or not the Samsung Focus S is truly the top Windows phone is debatable, and it probably won’t hold onto its high rank once the HTC Titan II is released. What we do know for sure is that this user-friendly phone provides a highly engaging and enjoyable Windows Mango 7.5 experience. And its specs are nothing to laugh at, for the most part. Here’s what you should know about this relatively new and popular Windows phone:
The Samsung Focus S body is 126 x 66.8 x 8.5 mm. Its 8.5 mm (0.33 inches) of thickness make it one of the thinnest phones available. Additionally, this phone only weighs 4 ounces, which means it’s one of the lightest phones on the market. Its lightweight body makes it seem a little less sturdy than other, heavier phones. However, there haven’t been too many complaints from users about the phone breaking more easily than any other phone.
The Samsung Focus S display is Super AMOLED Plus with a pixel density of 217 pixels per inch and 480 x 800p screen resolution. When you compare the Samsung Focus S display to the displays of other top phones, it doesn’t quite compare in the areas of pixel density and screen resolution. However, if you have a chance to try out the Focus S, you won’t necessarily find its display dull. In fact, most users of the phone comment on how brilliantly colored and clear the phone’s on-screen images are.
The Samsung Focus S runs on the Windows 7.5 Mango OS. This latest Windows OS is well-known for being accessible and efficient. For instance, users of Windows 7.5 Mango phones can pin their favorite apps and contacts to the start screen for easy access to them. The Windows OS on the Samsung Focus S also gives users the opportunity to surf the web using the latest and greatest version of Internet Explorer for mobile phones, Internet Explorer 9.
This Samsung Windows phone connects to AT&T’s 4G network to provide reliable and fast internet and download speeds. It should be noted that the Samsung Focus S is not a 4G LTE phone. So, it can’t connect to AT&T’s amazingly fast 4G LTE network. If you have the need for the highest-speed internet on your phone, the Samsung Focus S may not be your best option.
The Focus S comes with a 1650 mAh lithium ion battery that provides around 6 hours and 30 minutes of continuous talk time or 250 hours of standby time before needing to be re-charged. The Focus S battery is about average for smartphones in its class. If you use the Focus S often, its battery will drain quickly, and most users can expect to charge the phone every day.
The Samsung Focus S’s 8 megapixel rear camera allows owners of the phone to take beautiful and clear pictures. Additionally, this phone’s 1.3 megapixel front camera is perfect for video chatting with friends. The quality of the Samsung Focus S’s cameras are what you’d expect from a top smartphone. Unfortunately, when it comes to video capture, the Focus S does seem to miss the mark. It only allows users to record videos in 720p, while most top-notch phones right now boast 1080p HD video capture.
Beneath the surface of a Samsung Focus S, you’ll find a 1.4 GHz single-core Scorpion processor. Users generally find this processor to be fast enough for casual use of apps and the internet. The fact that the Samsung Focus S’s processor is single-core means that it’s not the best phone for multi-tasking, however. If you use your phone for work and require optimum efficiency, a smartphone with a dual-core processor might be a better match for you.
Focus S users can choose from a diverse collection of apps on the Windows Marketplace. Although the Windows Marketplace has a more limited selection of apps than the App store and Android Market, its collection of apps is growing. Plus, casual app users will be able to find enough entertainment, productivity, and social apps on the Marketplace to stay satisfied.
The Focus S offers 16GB of available internal memory. While this is a generous amount of internal memory for the average smartphone user, it may not suffice for those who download a considerable amount of music and apps onto their phones. Additionally, the Focus S does not have a microSD slot to allow users to expand their phone’s memory. Once the Focus S’s 16GB of internal memory are used up, owners of the phone have no choice but to turn to available cloud storage options. Luckily, cloud storage is affordable and easily accessible.
Overall, the Samsung Focus S’s specs may not be able to win in a Best Specs Contest against the iPhone 4s or the top Android phones right now. However, in comparison to other Windows phones, it’s a winner. If you crave the Windows experience on your smartphone, consider the Focus S.