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Samsung Focus S Windows Phone review


Review by Dan Seifert on Tuesday December 06, 2011.

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Score

3.9 stars
"Good"

(How we score)


Great display, snappy performance, thin design
Unimpressive video recording, virtual keyboard lag, minimal app selection

Summary

The Samsung Focus S is one of the two new Windows Phone 7.5 smartphones for AT&T that succeed last year's singular Focus (the other model being the previously reviewed Focus Flash). Of the two, the Focus S is much more the spiritual successor to the Focus, and it has a number of upmarket features over the smaller Focus Flash. Where the Focus had a strong familial resemblance to the Galaxy S series of Android smartphones from last year, the Focus S is as close to a Windows Phone 7.5 version of the Galaxy S II as one can get.

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 performance and the familiar Windows Phone interface ? flawed as it still may be. Read on to find out whether the Focus S is worth the extra $150 on-contract price over its Focus Flash sibling.

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Dan Seifert
Dan is MobileBurn.com's Editor-in-Chief. Based in Poughkeepsie in New York, Dan can be found on Twitter as @DCSeifert.

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