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Samsung Focus S Windows Phone

alaTest has collected and analyzed 211 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the portability and camera. The design and screen are also appreciated, but the sound and value for money get critical opinions. Reviews are divided on the size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Focus S Windows Phone is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Samsung Focus S Windows Phone

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 60 user reviews of Samsung Focus S Windows Phone from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com.

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97% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Samsung Focus S review: Different kind of flagship

 

The Samsung Focus S is the top dog in the Korean company's Windows Phone lineup. It is the bigger brother of the Samsung Focus Flash in AT&T's smartphone lineup. The term “bigger” is almost entirely related to size here. Due to Microsoft's...

The term “bigger” is almost entirely related to size here. Due to Microsoft’s tight hardware restrictions for their Windows Phone platform, the line between a flagship and a budget device is quite thin. Thus, the Focus S and Focus Flash share chipsets...

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Samsung Focus S: A Standout Windows Phone

 

The Samsung Focus was my favorite of the first generation Windows Phones so I was excited when I heard that Samsung was releasing not one, but two new versions of the Focus with the Mango 7.5 update. The Samsung Focus S ($100 with a two-year contract...

Gorgeous Super AMOLED display ; Good 8-megapixel camera ; Smooth performance

Faint hiss in background of some calls ; Windows Phone 7 has some limitations ; Phone feels a bit plasticky

The Samsung Focus S is the best Windows Phone available with smooth performance, a great camera and a gorgeous display.

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Samsung Focus S

 

The deluge of Mango devices isn't over yet. Hot on the heels of the Lumia 800, the Titan, Radar and the wallet-friendly Focus Flash comes the Samsung Focus S. There's not a whole lot of mystery to Sammy's flagship Windows Phone 7.5 handset. It's not...

Gorgeous screen ; Epic battery life ; Delightful dedicated camera button

Questionable build quality ; Ho-hum specs ; Overpriced

A solid phone that doesn't quite feel deserving of its high-end price.

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Samsung Focus S (AT&T)

 

The single-core Qualcomm MSM8255 S2 1.4GHz processor keeps things moving at a good clip. This phone felt exactly the same as the Focus Flash in testing, which is to say, responsive and intuitive. Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) is a fun OS with smooth...

Incredibly thin design. Vibrant screen. Smooth performance. Good camera

No dual-core processor or true 4G data. Short battery life. Not as many third-party apps as you get with Android or iOS

We're still waiting for the first truly high-end Windows Phone device, but the Focus S comes closer than any other before it.

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Samsung Focus S Review

 

The Samsung Focus S seemingly fits the bill as being a premier AT&T offering that's sure to melt the hearts of many with its Super AMOLED Plus display, slim figure, and HSPA+ connectivity. Can this possibly make the A grade and become the Windows...

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Samsung Focus S Written Review by Sydney

 

In the smartphone race, everything is measured by market share. There's a constant battle between Android and iOS to see which one has the largest market share at any given moment. Microsoft used to be a big part of the market share competition, with...

Brilliant Super AMOLED Plus display; spacious 4.3-inch touchscreen; 4G HSPA+; excellent still picture quality; great HD video quality; sleek profile and design; great performance with little or no lag

Keyboard would hang when typing; disappointing audio quality when capturing HD video; non-expandable memory

There's very little to not like about the Focus S, unless of course you don't like Windows Phone. Otherwise, the Focus S is a solid option.

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Samsung's 2nd Gen Focus - the Focus S

 

The original Samsung Focus, despite some niggling flaws, multiple versions, and difficulties with upgrades, has been the Windows Phone 7 'phone to beat' almost from the day it arrived. While the HTC Titan and HD7 have been making inroads, the Focus...

Large, bright screen with amazing contrast ; Light weight, but solidly built ; All round, an amazing phone

Positioning of the power button makes it easy to 'accidentally' hit and turn it on/off when not intended ; A keyboard slider version of this phone would be a big bonus ; Sorry, it only comes in black :-)

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Samsung Focus S Windows Phone review

 

The Samsung Focus S is one of the two new Windows Phone 7.5 smartphones for AT&T that succeed

Great display, snappy performance, thin design

Unimpressive video recording, virtual keyboard lag, minimal app selection

Despite a nicer display and a much better camera, the Focus S shares the same processor and RAM as its lower-cost stablemate, which means that the everyday experience is largely the same. Still, the Focus S is an impressive smartphone, with fast...

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Samsung Focus S Review (AT&T)

 

Last year the AT&T Samsung Focus ended up being the best new Windows Phone around as it shot to the top of the charts in satisfaction surveys. This

Very thin and light ; 1.4 Ghz CPU is very fast ; Great battery life lasts for days ; Gorgeous Super AMOLED+ 4.3" screen ; Front-facing camera

Replacing the battery cover can be tough to get all the snaps back in. It's hard to tell when it's completely closed ; Build quality feels cheap ; Headphone button controls can take some getting used to

Last year's Samsung Focus was arguably the best Windows Phone available so I was certainly expecting Samsung to step it up with their second generation Windows Phones. The Focus S is actually the high-end model among two new Samsung Focus phones with...

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Samsung Focus S

 

This Windows 7 Phone is the perfect choice if you are looking for top-notch tech specs and an unobtrusive but classy device. It feels somewhat fragile, but that is mostly just a side-effect of the thin design. No other phone we reviewed matches the...

This phone is the slimmest Windows device on the market, and the large AMOLED display is bright, smooth and fingerprint-resistant

The battery cover is made of flimsy-looking plastic, and the phone doesn't exactly scream durability overall

If you hold the Samsung Focus S once, you will never want to put it down. It is lightweight, elegant and minimalistic. Keep in mind that this Windows Phone is best matched with careful hands.