Windows Smartphone – Samsung Focus S
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One of the latest Windows smartphones launched by Samsung is the Focus S which is nearly identical with the Galaxy S II, except for the different operating system and the physical camera button which the Focus S has. It is an all-black handset that comes with rounded corners while its sides are flat. Just like the bigger Skyrocket, this model features a slightly damped back cover while where the cover snaps into place it is a little bit raised.
The Samsung Focus S measures 5 x 2.6 x 0.3 inches and it tips the scales at 3.9 ounces. Most of the front face is occupied by the 4.3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display that has a native resolution of 800 x 480 pixels (WVGA) and can show up to 16M colors. The device is running on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango which means that it has a single start screen that is populated with dynamic live tiles.
Above the screen sits a 1.3 megapixel camera while below it Samsung has installed three touch sensitive buttons for back, home and search. By pressing and holding the back button, you’ll be able to switch among various tasks. Doing the same with the home key will launch the voice actions. The physical buttons of this phone look a bit cheap and don’t have the same polish as the rest of the design. On the left side is the volume rocker while on the right one sits the camera shutter and the power button. Down below you’ll notice the micro USB charging port, while up top Sammy put the 3.5mm jack. At the back is the eight megapixel camera that has a bright LED flash.
Just as you would expect from a smartphone, the Samsung Focus S comes with GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and multimedia messaging. Also on board are other features like a speakerphone, conference calling, voice dialing, calculator, calendar, clock, a Bing Maps application and Internet Explorer 9 with support for HTML5. Microsoft also throws in Xbox Live integration through the Games hub.
The aforementioned 8 mpx camera offers a lot of settings to play with, including photo resolution, ISO, contrast, sharpness, white balance and others as well. As for the quality of the shots, these are generally good but keep in mind that the sharpness level is to medium by default. Colors appear to be vibrant, while the shutter lag is not annoying. There’s also a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera that is capable of taking decent pictures but they are a bit washed out.
The battery of the Samsung Focus S has a rated talk time of six and a half hours while in standby mode it should last for up to 10 days.