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Samsung Omnia 7 GH-i8700 / Focus SGH-i917 / SGH-i8700

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1727 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the camera and responsiveness. The design and usability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the reliability and features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Omnia 7 GH-i8700 / Focus SGH-i917 / SGH-i8700 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Samsung Focus Review


Samsung Focus Review - The Samsung Focus is one of the finest first-generation Windows Phone 7. This in-depth review goes through the user experience of the operating system and the of the device itself.

The Samsung Focus with Windows Phone 7 is the first smartphone that make me want to replace my iPhone 4, I love the beautiful user interface (even with the few flaws that need to be fixed), the Facebook feed direct integration, the map application, the...

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Samsung Focus (AT&T)


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...

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.

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...

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Samsung's Windows Phone 7 Packs Intuitive, Visual...


The Windows Phone 7 OS shows a lot of promise. But how is it in practice? Pretty awesome, actually.

Gorgeous tile-based UI laced with large, smooth text doesn’t rip off the iPhone's app interface. Provides a rich dose of social savvy thanks to tight Facebook integration. Physical camera shutter button is a nice shortcut for shooting quick photos

Internet Explorer lives up to its super-lame reputation. Camera shots too blurry to be taken seriously

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Samsung Focus


A brilliant Super AMOLED display makes Microsoft's slick and friendly Windows Phone 7 OS really pop.

These days, smart phone shoppers have a lot of good choices in the $199 price range, even just on AT&T. So it means something when we say the Samsung Focus is among the top three devices in the carrier's lineup. Its Super AMOLED display is a brilliant...

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Samsung Focus Review - PCWorld


When I first heard that Microsoft would be placing hardware restrictions on manufacturers, I imagined boring, uniform designs. Fortunately, the Samsung Focus is undoubtedly a Samsung phone with its glossy piano-black face and rounded edges.

Great camera

Call quality is a mixed bag

The Samsung Focus is beautifully designed with a gorgeous display and solid 5-megapixel camera, but it remains to be seen if Microsoft can win over customers with Windows Phone 7.

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Samsung Focus Review


Samsung may not be able to compete with the sheer number of Windows Phone 7 devices HTC has brought to the table, but the company has definitely put its best foot forward with the Samsung Focus. Headed to AT&T in the US and Rogers Wireless in Canada,...

As for the Focus itself, that stands out as one of the more noteworthy models in the first wave of devices, with the Super AMOLED display making daily use – especially for media playback – significantly more pleasant than on regular LCD alternatives....

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Samsung Omnia 7 review


We knew Samsung's been in the Windows Phone 7 game pretty much since day one, but the Korean giant's managed to keep its Europe-bound Omnia 7 under tight wraps until mid-summer this year. Two months onwards, we find ourselves cradling this...

Brilliant display ; Feels solid and grips nicely ; Good camera

Photo Sharing app not working ; No live tile for Now app ; Earphones lacking in treble range

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Samsung I8700 Omnia 7 review: A whole new galaxy


Though it might seem like a chicken-and-egg situation, the question in our case never was which one came first: Windows Phone 7 or the Samsung Omnia 7. We know you're all adding two and two together. Our Windows Phone 7...

Quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G support ; 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support ; 4" 16M-color Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) resolution, multi-touch input, scratch-resistant glass surface ; Windows Phone 7 OS ; 1GHz...

No stereo speakers ; No lens protection ; No memory card slot

Windows Phone 7 left us with mixed feelings, to say the least. WP7 devices have been designed around the OS, not the other way around. So perhaps, it’s best we look at the whole picture.

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Samsung Focus (AT&T)


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Samsung Focus vs Samsung Captivate


Samsung has been on a roll for the better portion of the last few months as consumers all around the world are praising their meticulous work in bringing out the stunning Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. With AT&T, the Samsung Captivate provided the number...

Product Specifications

Designed for a lifestyle in motion, the Samsung OMNIA 7 will be the first device to launch from Samsung with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform. Samsung OMNIA 7 supports a 4-inch SUPER AMOLED touch screen, 1GHz application processor and a 5 megapixel camera. The phone offers an unparalleled entertainment experience directly on the mobile with Xbox LIVE features and games, and Zune music and video.


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:HD720p


Audio Formats : Yes
Audio Playback: Yes
Dual SIM Card: No
GPS Receiver:Built-in
I-Mode: No
Integrated Radio:FM Radio / No
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Push to Talk:No / Yes
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot:No / Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:GSM/PCN / WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:SUPER AMOLED / Super-AMOLED
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions / 16 Mio
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:Windows Mobile / Windows Phone
Operator:3 / EE / METEOR / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Mobile Phone / Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes
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