AT&T are showing their devotion the Microsoft’s Windows Phone Mobile platform and after we saw the compact Samsung Focus Flash, the great looking Nokia Lumia 800 and the impressive HTC Titan we take a look at the WP7 version of the Galaxy S II, the Samsung Focus S.
The Samsung Focus S shares some of the design characteristic of its Android counterpart and uses a full plastic shell. It measures 126 x 66.8 x 8.5 mm and weighs only 110 grams. It doesn’t feel as sturdy as the metallic HTC Titan but it has a certain premium feel.
The front of the Samsung Focus S holds the beautiful 4.3” WVGA (480*800) SuperAMOLED Plus display. The color it produces are very vivid, contrast is superb, great viewing angles and it’s bright enough to me used even in direct sunlight. Under the display we find the three capacitive windows keys while above we have a 1.3 MPx camera, the earpiece and the sensors.
On the left side we see the volume rocker while on the right we have the power/lock key and the two-level camera dedicated key. On top we have the 3.5 mm audio jack while the bottom holds the microUSB port. The back holds the 8MPx camera with auto-focus and LED flash and the speakerphone. Removing the battery cover gives us access to the SIM card slot and the 1650 mAh battery that gives the Focus S over 6 hours of talk time and 250 hours of talk time.
The Samsung Focus S is powered by 1.4 GHz single core Snapdragon CPU that has enough power to make the Windows Phone Mango OS run smoothly and without any lag. The apps launch instantaneously, scrolling is smooth fast and precise and all the operations are done very swiftly.
Just like any other Windows Phone 7.5 Mango device the Samsung Focus s keeps all the good qualities of the platform and like the Focus and the Focus Flash it features the Samsung Now Hub. The Metro UI also has a lot of eye candy to set it apart from its competitors and it also has improved social networking integration, multitasking and universal inbox.
The bigger display means that the already great keyboard is even better. The keyboard is more spacious and very responsive. It can offer a very good typing speed even for people with bigger hands. Also keep in mind that the Windows Phone OS has one of the best auto-correct features.
Mango also brings a universal inbox that puts all your email account into one threaded app. Setting up your email account is very easy; you only need the address and password. Other pre-loaded apps include AT&T set: AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Navigator, AT&T U-verse Mobile, and myAT&T and a third party: YPmobile.
The 8MPx camera that is found on the Samsung Focus S takes some very good pictures. The colors are very natural looking, the contrast is spot on and details are plenty. Low-light shots tend to be a little noisy but the LED flash makes up for that. Video recording is done at 720 @ 29fps, details are plenty, colors are good but audio quality is average.
In terms of multimedia you get the great Zune experience with all its functionality. Audio quality is above average but nothing to brag about. Video playback is a treat. The combination of the superb SuperAMOLED 4.3” and the support for DivX (1920*1080p) videos make for a great video watching experience. You will have only 14.05 GB of internal memory for your files since it lacks a microSD card slot.
In terms of connectivity you get quad band GSM, tri band 3G with HSPA+, Wi-FI, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 with EDR and A2DP and mobile hotspot. Web browsing is a pleasant experience despite the lack of Flash support. Scrolling and zooming is fluid and overall experience is smooth and fast.
In conclusion the Samsung Focus S might lack the notoriety of its Android brother but it comes with that great display, a good camera, fast performance, slim light weight body and a great set of features. This should be enough to put it a bit ahead all the other Windows Phone devices for now.