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Samsung Focus S Windows Phone 7.5 smartphone hands-on

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The Samsung Focus S is the bigger and more expensive of the two new Windows Phone 7.5 smartphones built for AT&T by Samsung. We were given a hands-on preview of the new smartphone this week before it goes on sale on November 6.

If you ever thought to yourself "Boy, I would really like that Samsung Galaxy S II, but I just wished it ran Windows Phone 7.5 instead of Android," then the Focus S is right up your alley. Physically, it is very similar to the Galaxy S II, as it features a 4.3-inch, Super AMOLED Plus display with WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) resolution and measures 8.5mm at its thinnest point. Like the Galaxy S II, the Focus S is very plasticky feeling, and picks up fingerprints quite easily. It is very light weight though, at only 111g. The screen is as bright and colorful as ever, and it compliments the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system well.

Unlike the Android-running Galaxy S II, the Focus S does not have a dual-core processor, but makes do with a single-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon CPU from Qualcomm. This doesn't hold it back too much, as Windows Phone 7.5 is very snappy and responsive with sing-core processors. Apps open quickly and scrolling through lists was very fast. The large screen makes typing a breeze with the on-screen keyboard found in Windows Phone. Videos also looked great, thanks to the inky blacks and punchy colors from the Super AMOLED Plus display.

The Focus S is equipped with 16GB of internal storage, however, it does not support external microSD cards, so you cannot expand the 16GB once it fills up. It does have access to Microsoft's SkyDrive, which provides 25GB of cloud storage for free for any Windows Phone smartphone.

The Samsung Focus S will be launched on November 6 alongside the smaller Focus Flash. It will be offered for $199.99 on-contract, which is significantly more than the $49.99 that AT&T is asking for the Focus Flash. The Focus S is an impressive device, but I am not sure it has the legs to run with other smartphones in the same price bracket. Additionally, the Focus Flash offers much of the same experience with Windows Phone 7.5 at a literal quarter of the price.

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