Samsung Focus (AT&T)
Manufacturer: Samsung Part number: FOCUSATT
- 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.
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CNET editors' review
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- Reviewed by: Bonnie Cha
- Reviewed on: 10/20/2010
- Released on: 11/08/2010
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.
The Smartphone is smart again
by charlesk69 on November 27, 2010
Pros: - OS is designed from scratch as a smartphone, not just an application launcher.
- Best Music lover experience and service
- Best office integration
- Quality Games
- Incredible Facebook, linkedin, integration
- Camera button outside
Cons: -Touch buttons can be accidentally touched kicking you out a game
- You can multitask back to the previously opened apps, but then you can't go forward.
- Smart Sense is great, but copy and paste is still needed(will be availabe early 2011, though)
Summary: When I bought the phone, the sales person gave it to me after the SIM card was installed to start playing with it and before he finished my bill I ...
Summary: When I bought the phone, the sales person gave it to me after the SIM card was installed to start playing with it and before he finished my bill I had already my phone fully populated with more contacts I ever had in phone, from Windows Live, Facebook and Linkedin, along with more info that I ever had, including birthdays, and with their news, plus all my photo albums were on the phone. Fully personalized before I left the store, amazing. The interface is inviting to exploration and for glance check outs at the same time. You can quickly see if there is anything new, it won't show unread messages, just the number of messages that came in since the last time you checked. You can do many things from the lock screen: change music, put it in vibration, see next appointment, etc. Applications link to each other seamlessly for a fast fluid servicing of whatever you wanted, plus convenient extra info. For instance, search for movies (use voice search, is pretty accurate), and instead of just taking you to a browser, it will take you to a quick overview of local, web and news about your seach, which comes up much faster than opening a browser. Then you can check showtimes, theaters, and when you click on the theater address, which is made into a link by Smart Sense technology, you are taken to the maps application, and you can see with just one click nearby restaurants, reviews, hours of operations, etc. It invites you to explore and do more things more efficiently. You would need copy and paste and going in an out of several apps to get the same information in other phones.The interface is more intuitive than other phones, instead of an icon grid which will be easy to understand if you know the apps and what they do, you get the tiles which are task based: people, pictures, music, etc. and related app integrate within, such as the lyrics app, which will integrate into your music listening hub. The user interface is not very photogenic, though, if you see it in photos you won't get it. You must see it in action and populated with your own data to really understand its beauty. Your data and your photos make the UI. The quality of the games is incredible. It took Apple years to get this quality and after two years of Android, they don't have big name quality games like WP7 has. They touch keyboard is excellent and the predictions are accurate, it will correct most common mistakes and the dictionary is very good, it even corrects and capitalizes names, it makes my writing more proper and better than when I type in my desktop. I use the phone for work and for fun and this phone has the best combination of both. I am tech savvy but also appreciate something that is easy to use. I used to take my netbook everywhere, but since I have my Windows Phone, I leave the netbook at home, because my phone opens up apps faster and gives me the information, productivity and entertaining I want. And finally, is beautiful and fresh, I've received many compliments from Android and iPhone users about how gorgeous the UI looks and how fast it is. This is a very polished product, and with the automatic upgrades it can only get better.
9 out of 10 users found this user opinion helpful.
The beautiful screen compliments the OS
by MrLoppy on October 21, 2010
Pros: The OS is amazing, Microsoft reimagined how a phone should incorporate social experiences and really delivered the goods on this one. Facebook is the killer app for this device. No dropped calls.
Cons: I will miss the front camera on my iPhone but not enough to keep it.
Summary: The OS is killer, the hardware is solid. There's enough apps to keep my busy for the time being.
Summary: The OS is killer, the hardware is solid. There's enough apps to keep my busy for the time being.
8 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
As a prior Iphone fanatic, all I can say is: Bye Apple
by senoritalibrarian on November 8, 2010
Pros: I used to be on my Iphone all day until it was stolen yesterday! I Went to the story today and was blown away by the Focus! Crystal clear high def screen, fully functional Facebook app with cool people hubs, amazing camera and dynamic sound!
Cons: No cut and paste available until the update comes out, customized screen needs more color option and perhaps the ability to place three or four piles in a row rather than only two.
Summary: As soon as I turned the phone on I was blown away but still cautious about not getting a replacement Iphone for my stolen Iphone. The man next to me ...
Summary: As soon as I turned the phone on I was blown away but still cautious about not getting a replacement Iphone for my stolen Iphone. The man next to me happened to be a previous Iphone fanatic much like myself and began explaining why he waited days for the Focus and boy, am I glad he talked me into it. The screen is high def and crystal clear. I love the idea of tiles replacing the rows of icons like on the Iphone, only wish more tiles could be added to the home screen without having to scroll. As a Facebook avid user, all I can say is their Facebook app is off the hook! Small people hub with friends pictures shows in color eachtime an update is made. Microsoft made the camera ability quite easy to use, with not having to log in any camera app just to take a picture. The photos are crystal clear as well and the sound quality is amazing. As a business woman I really appreciate the Microsoft Office capabilities and my sons tried the Xbox Live features and were blown away. (They asked for one themselves...but for now, they will have to wait, mommy actually likes having the coolest phone in the house). I have just begun to explore the functions of the phone but already I'm sold on a Windows based phone and you know what? While I'm peeved that someone stole my Iphone, it did give a reason to consider other phones AND drive home with the newest, up to date, phone out.Sorry, realized I couldn't edit until after the clicked submit. I meant "tiles" not "piles". Enjoy your phone!
Updated on Nov 8, 2010
9 out of 12 users found this user opinion helpful.
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, less than beautiful
by vernazzababy on November 12, 2010
Pros: The screen is gorgeous. I thought it was going to be boring or simplistic.
Experiencing animated tiles and touch sensitivity sold me.
Voice activated browser is awesome! It got In-N-Out and Chipotle when I tested it.
Cons: Miss a physical keyboard.
Keys seem to be a bit small
No arrow back key
The 3 hard keys are "super" sensitive. Annoying to be pushed out to the home screen.
Market Place and the music player froze ... turning phone off/on fixed it.
Summary: Beautiful OS, beautiful screen, beautiful touch, less than beautiful keyboard.
*Previous phone (Treo Pro)
I really wanted this phone for it's MS office interoperability, especially OneNote which I rely ...
Summary: Beautiful OS, beautiful screen, beautiful touch, less than beautiful keyboard.
*Previous phone (Treo Pro)
I really wanted this phone for it's MS office interoperability, especially OneNote which I rely on as much as my email. I find the UI intuitive and just down right gorgeous. This is my first phone with a data plan and I'm enjoying the experiencing. I can't believe that this OS came from Microsoft.
The screen is gorgeous. It is the perfect compliment to the minimalist, perfectly understated Win 7 OS. From the pictures, I thought it was going to be boring or simplistic. However, after experiencing the animated tiles and beautiful touch sensitivity I am sold. Two people at work told me today they were not going to upgrade to Apple 4. The voice activated browser is awesome! It got In-N-Out and Chipotle when I tested it.
I came from a Treo Pro and had a physical keyboard so I am not used to the soft version. The keys seem to be a bit small and I make a lot of mistakes. The suggestion feature is nice; it unobtrusively shows possible completions on the line below the text. Also, there is no arrow back key so if you misspell a word you have to completely delete it to correct it. The arrow, window and search button at the bottom are "super" sensitive. Annoying when you are typing a message and you are pushed out to the home screen. Hitting the arrow takes you back to where you left off but could be better. The Market Place and the music player became unavailable when I played a sample from an album I was considering for purchase and didn't stop it before I returned to the home screen. I turned the phone off/on and the problem went away.
-The browsing is fantastic. The touch sensitivity makes it easy to zoom and pan, which was painful on my Treo Pro. The voice searching works surprisingly well-
-The voice commands were great on my Treo Pro and they are even better on my Win7.
-The camera is nice (built-in flash) AND it will take pictures without having to unlock it.
-Speaker phone works well but for some reason they have ridiculously small button to go to your contacts to start dialing. I definitely miss my Treo Pro keyboard speed dial. Although, being able to say Call XYZ is perfect for hands-free driving.
-Bluetooth is buried. They need to put it on the home screen so I can turn it off/on when I drive. Hmm ... maybe I can do it with a voice command?
-XBox gaming ... icing on the cake. It recognized my gamer tag and links my home gaming with my cell phone.
-Zune syncing for music ... no more clunky ActiveSync ... I like that.
-I have separate tiles for each of my email accounts. Corporate exchange server works well.
-Enough apps for me: Netflix, Flickr, Facebook ... just waiting for Skype
-Don't give me copy/paste & multiprocessing if it kills the battery life. My Treo Pro was always running junk in the background that I thought I closed. I want my phone to work when I'm on my commute home.
I would love to see a Samsung with a slide out keyboard, although I really like the slim size of the phone.
All in all a great experience. My wife like it so much she bought one a couple days later. In the words of a colleague 'Microsoft nailed it!"
7 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
Fantastic piece of hardware and software
by animageofmine on November 25, 2010
Pros: performance, smooth as silk UI, Xbox, Office, Zune (finally will get rid of iTunes), awesome display screen, light weight and sleek
Cons: some missing features like tethering, custom ringtones, but they are all software fixes. So, hopefully they will be fixed soon in upcoming releases
Summary: I have an iPhone and I got this phone. As soon as I saw it, I got attracted to it. I played with and after a week of debate, I ...
Summary: I have an iPhone and I got this phone. As soon as I saw it, I got attracted to it. I played with and after a week of debate, I got this phone. Since it comes with only 8 GB of memory, I added 8 Gb SDHC Kingston class 4 micro SDcard and reset the phone and it works perfecly fine, though Microsoft does not recommend it. It is just a hack with works without any hassles. Following are the things I love about this phoneslockwood83, it might be too late to reply...but you would not repent at all if you buy this one. I have it since 2 months now and absolutely love it. iPhone is also great, one advantage of iphone is more apps, but now after 3 months of launch of windows phone it already has about 7 thousand apps and most of them are quality apps, which is more important. I am a happy customer of Windows Phone/Samsung Focus.
1) UI is actually smooth as silk. The welcome screen is also very b'ful and informative. It can show you your emails, missed calls, Voicemails, messages, meetings without locking the phone
2) Xbox games are simply awesome. I guess, we all know about this. It is a bug plus while traveling, total time pass
3)Office is a very useful feature for enterprise and even end users. I generally use one note and excel and its actually good on the mobile too since the screen size of this phone is large enough to edit office docs
4) Zune is one of the best features of this phone. I bet, if you use Zune software, you will realize how crappy iTunes is. You can get Zune Pass with 10 DRM free songs and unlimited access to music in marketplace per month. The background pictures (album art) just blows me away while using Zune. Love this.
5) Bing is another thing I loved on my iPhone. I used Bing app on my iPhone and its super awesome. Google is also perfect, but I don't miss Google anymore.
6) There are about 3000 apps currently, just after a few days of launch of the phone. This clearly shows the interest of developers. And all the good apps are already there in the marketplace.
7) The camera of the phone seems pretty good (havn't used it extensively yet).
8) Find my phone is a great feature, though I am not activating it at this point of time.
What I think could be a scope of improvement
1) should support tethering---I read there is a hack for this, but they should support this unlike iPhone
2) Better way to manage contacts. I have contacts on windows live and outlook. They both are syc'd to the phone because Windows live is required for Xbox login and Outlook also has my list of contacts. I can't opt of one of these accounts to manage my contacts. I guess this is a simple software fix, but I hope they will come out with it soon. iPhone has the same thing :(
Overall, I am very happy with this phone. The performance of the phone is really good and one of the reasons I got this phone is, its different. Everyone has iPhone. This is different and awesome.
Updated on Feb 9, 2011
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
A Great Smartphone Experience
by brassow on November 12, 2010
Pros: AMOLED screen incredible.
Hubs interesting and simple to use.
"People" hub is fast
Personalize main screen .
One Note, Live account, and SkyDrive.
Excellent sound on calls and music.
Cons: The battery life dwindles a little fast probably due to the screen. Few cons for me on this phone. Had a little kink with my wi-fi connection and using Zune wireless sync but once I figured out everything, I was running full blast within minutes.
Summary: I am a Microsoft Windows user. I started in computers with DOS and though I have been disappointed with Microsoft in the past on occasion, they have come through with ...
Summary: I am a Microsoft Windows user. I started in computers with DOS and though I have been disappointed with Microsoft in the past on occasion, they have come through with a winning product. I know that the IPhone is great and Android is the current wave, but Windows Phone 7 can't be easily dismissed. For a 1st version of a new OS, it surpasses both of the aforementioned products. The first update should only increase my liking of the software. Kudos to Samsung as well, for the display on this phone.
The people hub was an awesome start to getting into the phone. All contacts were loaded and linked with the right cell phone numbers in half the time that was expected. Zune also gives a much better first impression for me than ITunes did. Love the presentation style of the software.
4 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Awesome upgrade to Windows Mobile!!!
by fyfthelement on November 9, 2010
Pros: Quick, intuitive, sleek, and seamless.... I might use the basic features of phones but this was a no brainer upgrade. I loved my Zune HD, and when Microsoft decided to port it to a wireless phone, awesome! It has integrated seamlessly with my Sync
Cons: I don't like the preloaded ATT apps, but that is ATT and not the device itself. I have not run across anything I've disliked on the device after using it for two full days
Summary: I love this phone!! I have had Windows Mobile phones for the past 4 years for personal preference of having a UI that is recognizable. While Windows 7 Phone is ...
Summary: I love this phone!! I have had Windows Mobile phones for the past 4 years for personal preference of having a UI that is recognizable. While Windows 7 Phone is a huge step from the standard "Start" button windows, it is simple and intuitive, at least to myself. I've enjoyed the capabilities my Fusion's Sync has with the new phone that the previous Windows 6.1 did not have and I love only having to carry one device. It has seriously lightened the load in my purse, infact I might just be able to ditch the purse! It has been very handy at work for scheduling and tasking in this short time. I love having Office on the phone since I work primarily in powerpoint and excel all day at work, this makes work much more portable. The UI is clean and fast, and many co-workers of mine are astonished at it. I can see for those who like to download tons of apps and fill their contacts that the organization may be an issue, at this point in time I've not faced any problems however and I'm not an app fanatic. Downloaded an xbox live game, Need for Speed, which surprising on the ATT network out here was decent! Most of my complaints are against the servicer and not the phone. As my husband is also a developer for the phone I'm constantly up to date on what will be changed, so perhaps that makes me even happier. Overall...I'm estatic and I'm in love with this phone. I chose it over the HTC which I have had problems with in the past with their hardware and service and over the LG which proposed the hardware keyboard, to reduce the number of moving parts on the phone and cut down on weight! I can do most things one handed with this phone as well which is fantastic as I have a little one and another one the way so my hands are full.
4 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
samsung focus...i really like this phone!
by steveben on November 22, 2010
Pros: camera. screen. bing search. call quality. ease of use. zune player.
Cons: lack of apps. no visual voice mail. only 8gb of storage space...sd cards don't work (yet).
Summary: i have been an iphone user since day one. i finally parted ways with my last iphone, the iphone 3g, since apple made it basically unusable with their 4.x ...
Summary: i have been an iphone user since day one. i finally parted ways with my last iphone, the iphone 3g, since apple made it basically unusable with their 4.x updates and i don't like the iphone 4. btw, i was on my third 3g...as the first two broke and were replaced under warranty. there were a few bumps along the way to get switched over. my contacts did not completely come over...the phone numbers and names did...but not all the additional information like pictures and other details. that kinda sucked, but then again, anytime i have switched phones my contacts have never completely come over to the new phone. anyway, i got that taken care of by using my gmail and hotmail contacts. also, there's some apps that like that are missing...but other than that...the phone is great. the interface is awesome. it's fast and responsive. it looks and works great. i love that i can hold down the camera button to start the camera and take photos. my iphone 3g camera sucked. i missed so many photo opps, especially after upgrading to 4.x iOS. this camera is easy and fast. the photos look great, for a cell phone. my friends and family say my calls to them sound better. it seems like i have better call quality everywhere. the zune player is great. i normally use mp3s, so 90% of my music collection works. only my purchased itunes don't work. but i can fix that by creating mp3 versions. i like that artist photos become wallpaper for the song you are playing. it's fast and doesn't get in the way my enjoyment of music. there's no universal email inbox, but the email is great. i have two pins, one for hotmail and one for gmail. syncing works great. no problems at all. plus, there's a way to show only unread messages, which is nice. the bing search is awesome. i use the voice search all the time. this is a great example of how one app eliminates the need for additional apps. with bing, i can say "american food" and it finds and suggests restaurants near me. no need for urban spoon, or the like. plus it give me directions, phone numbers, etc...and it's not just for food. the voice search works really well, even in a loud, noisy area. i am continually amazed by how well it works. this is a great phone. it even syncs on a mac. i synced my photos and music using microsoft's windows phone connector.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
focus reinforces at&t and smasung scores another goal
by indiantechie on October 22, 2010
Pros: the screen(of course) the os its a nice contrast to the constant flick through screens of iphone and android 5 screns and limited apps on just the screens
Cons: little bulky, plasticky, when dropped battery is quick to pop out almost like the battery doesnt want to be inside the phone
Summary: The Focus Enforces at&t's line to now host the iphone,captivate,and now this at&t has the most versatile line up yet, with tmobile in ...
Summary: The Focus Enforces at&t's line to now host the iphone,captivate,and now this at&t has the most versatile line up yet, with tmobile in second(only because it doesnt have iphone), sprint in third(mostly android with i think only 1 window phone), and verizon in dead last(offering only android phone), atleast in different types of phone os's availible
4 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great phone all together, but some major design flaws.
by Cezarfran on November 18, 2010
Pros: 1) its very responsive
2) the look and feel of it is very easy on the eyes and hands
3) access to all programs is very easy
4) anyone can make it "their" phone
5) easy use even for those who are not tech savvy
Cons: 1) poor placement of lock/power button. I am constantly hitting it by accident
2) screen is fingerprint magnet and if not cleaned will impede the touch screen
3) not a plug and play phone YOU NEED ZUNE
4) windows 7 approved micro sd cards only
Summary: Great phone for those who are not tech geeks like me. Okay phone for those who demand perfection from a high tech phone like this. I love the phone, but ...
Summary: Great phone for those who are not tech geeks like me. Okay phone for those who demand perfection from a high tech phone like this. I love the phone, but sometimes these design flaws and high maintenance really turns me off. I am constantly cleaning the screen so I can use it. I have changed my hand positioning when I make a call or hold the phone because of the power/lock button. The issue of not being a plug and play still haunts me. Zune syncs things into my phone that I don't want it too. Sometimes the integration of my facebook into my phone isn't what I want. I still don't like the fact that the micro sd card is internal and you HAVE to use a windows 7 approved card, which means it's going to be expensive. The apps are great to have and use. There are litterally thousands of free apps and pay for apps available. I wish people left more comments on the apps to see if it's worth downloading. The music and video app is great, but you can not use an mp3 in your data base to turn it into a personal ringtone. These are just some issues that I have encountered and I have had this phone for only a week. I hope that windows 7 people come out with a patch relativley soon to fix some to all of these issues. It is a great alternative for the Apple phone for normal people, but I don't recommend it for tech geeks like me. There are too many flaws and too few redeeming qualities to make it a end-all-be-all phone.
3 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Samsung
- Part number: FOCUSATT
- Description: It's like a portable TV studio. A 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash takes razor sharp photos and videos. The 3.5mm headphone jack allows you to listen to music with high-end headphones over ear buds. And Wi-Fi is always handy when you're away from home. A brilliantly bright, cinema quality super AMOLED screen is not something you expect on a sleek bar phone. It makes reading numbers and texts much easier in bright sunlight.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Touch
- Phone Design PDA
- Integrated Components GPS receiver,
- Width 2.6 in
- Depth 0.4 in
- Height 4.8 in
- Weight 4.2 oz
- Body Color Black
- Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
- Band WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- Mobile Broadband Generation 3G
- Service Provider AT&T
- Operating System Microsoft Windows Phone 7
- Application Software Microsoft Office Mobile
- Input Device(s) Touch sensitive screen , Capacitive
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services MMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Yes
- Supported Social Networks and Blogs Yes
- Messaging & Data Features Microsoft PowerPoint support,
Microsoft Excel support,
Microsoft Word support
- Mobile Services Zune,
AT&T Mobile TV with FLO,
- Data Transmission GPRS,
- Wireless Interface Bluetooth 2.1 EDR,
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Call timer,
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Sensors Proximity sensor,
Ambient light sensor,
- Additional Features Intelligent typing (T9)
- Personal Information Management Synchronization with PC,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards eAAC+,
- Supported Digital Video Standards MPEG-4,
- Type QUALCOMM MPC8250
- Clock Speed 1 GHz
- RAM 256 MB
- ROM 512 MB
- Bult-in Memory 8 GB
- User Memory 8 GB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSDHC
- Sensor Resolution 5 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type CMOS
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Digital Zoom 4
- Camera Light Source LED light
- Features Video recording
- GPS Navigation A-GPS receiver
- Navigation Software & Services AT&T Navigator
- Type OLED display - Color
- Technology Super AMOLED
- Diagonal Size 4.3 in
- Display Resolution 800 x 480 pixels
- Connector Type Headset jack - Mini-phone 3.5 mm,
- Technology Lithium ion
- Capacity 1500 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 390 min,
Standby - up to 300 hour(s)
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Stereo headset,