Posts tagged with: Focus

[Full Focus review] Released in November 2010, the Samsung Focus is one of the first Windows Phone 7 devices. Inside the Focus is a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 256MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM and 7.5GB of internal storage. On the back of the Focus is a five-megapixel camera with flash and autofocus. It features a 4-inch WVGA 480 x 800 screen using Super AMOLED technology. Read on for the latest Focus new, reviews and videos:

  • by | June 11, 2011 2:06 AM

    Microsoft has officially resumed the updating process for the Samsung Omnia smartphones back in May but unfortunately Samsung Focus owners weren't that lucky. Some of them have still not received the long-waited pop-up informing them of an available update. In his weekly post over at Windows Phone Blog, Microsoft's Eric Hautala, GM, Customer Experience Engineering, after informing about more updates rolling out, is reassuring Samsung Focus owners that the company will not rest until the update is delivered to everyone left behind. "I want to assure Samsung Focus owners who haven't received ...

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  • by | May 23, 2011 5:49 PM

    Tomorrow's going to be a big day for Windows Phone 7 software, no doubt, with plenty of Mango-related news in store for us at Microsoft's New York City event. Rumor has is it, though, that it could be just as big a day for hardware, with the possibility that Microsoft will reveal nine new smartphones running its mobile operating system. As we wait to see just how factual that rumor ends up, something curious has happened to Samsung's Focus that has us thinking that maybe we really are about to see a flood of new WP7 handsets. Some AT&T retail partners are suddenly no longer carrying the ...

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  • by | May 18, 2011 3:12 AM

    After halting Windows Phone updates for certain Samsung Omnia 7 and Focus smartphones, Microsoft has announced that they have flipped the switch to the "on" position once again and updates are being delivered to Omnia 7 users. If you have a Samsung Omnia 7, connect it to Zune and manually check for an update. You might be lucky to have one ready for you: in case you didn't get the NoDo update, you'll receive a cumulative update of both NoDo and 7392 (security update); in case you managed to apply NoDo before the updates went dead, you'll only get the 7392 version. If you don't have any ...

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  • by | May 12, 2011 8:13 AM

    In a blog post last week where Microsoft announced the distribution of the 7392 security update for SSL certs, Eric Hautala also mentioned that some AT&T Samsung Focus owners did still not receive the NoDo update besides the update for the Samsung Omnia 7 being halted. One week later, things seem appear to be wearing the same status tag. Microsoft's GM, Customer Experience Engineering, updated again bringing unfortunately no good news: "I know some of you are eager for news on the Omnia 7 and Focus issues I discussed last week. We're making progress, but I don't have anything new to report ...

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  • by | May 3, 2011 7:02 AM

    Free Zune passes from AT&T for Windows Phone 7 is not uncommon, we've seen it happen in the past and it's on again, this time with the help of Amazon Wireless. Until June 26 you buy any AT&T Windows Phone 7 and get three months of free unlimited music with Zune Pass. The total value of the Zune pass for the period is $44.97 and in case you're not familiar with Zune, you get "unlimited access to over 11 million songs to stream or download, access to music on your Windows Phone 7, Xbox console or PC, and 10 free songs per month to download and keep forever (30 Songs total)". This coupled ...

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  • by | April 19, 2011 8:06 PM

    AT&T sure seems to have a love/hate relationship with HSUPA. It's got no problem boasting about how fast its network is, but try to find a phone that can take advantage of high-speed uploads, and you'll rapidly find your choices shut-out - unless you want an iPhone, that is. Windows Phone 7 users who have configured their phones to use HSUPA and have just installed the new NoDo update may be noticing slower speeds, as the patch is apparently setting the devices to HSDPA-only. Samsung Focus users can pretty easily set their smartphones to start employing HSUPA again, following these steps: ...

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  • by | April 18, 2011 6:04 AM

    We know that both the pre-NoDo as well as the NoDo update for Windows Phone 7 is about to begin hitting AT&T devices in a couple of days and Microsoft's Eric Hautala lets us know the updates will also contain some special features. The AT&T Windows Phone 7 updates will contains two special features, one of which is the neat WISPr support allowing devices to automatically switch to AT&T hotspots when available. The second will offer smartphones support for the AT&T Address Book. On a general note concerning updates which we know not only contain Microsoft code but third-party codes too, ...

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  • by | April 15, 2011 8:13 PM

    After Microsoft last updated its Windows Phone 7 update schedule, it looked like the HTC Surround, LG Quantum, and Samsung Focus on AT&T might be getting their shots of NoDo this month; we had estimated that they could all go out around the week of April 20. A leaked email, purportedly an insider AT&T document, sheds some new light on the scheduling, and it's a mix of good and bad news. Good news first: it looks like the Quantum and Focus will fulfill our prediction, rumored to get their updates on April 19. Both the pre-NoDo and NoDo proper will be going out all at once to these ...

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  • by | April 15, 2011 5:40 PM

    Back when Windows Phone 7 launched, we witnessed a whole mess of customer confusion over the state of microSD support. Could you replace the cards? Could you change them later, or did you have to swap them before getting the phone set up? Which kinds of cards would the phones support? Eventually we learned a bit more about the state of the situation, that the operating system required cards with exceptional random access performance, rather than the simple throughput measurements typically used to classify card performance. Microsoft started work on evaluating microSD cards for meeting ...

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  • by | April 5, 2011 7:16 PM

    Now that the ChevronWP7 Updater tool is out, letting you force NoDo onto the Windows Phone 7 handset of your choice, there's nothing else we're still waiting around for, right? Well, not quite. While this shortcut may get you copy-and-paste, there are still non-NoDo related updates coming down the pipeline. Chris Walsh, ChevronWP7 team member and creator of that update tool, has tweeted word that there's a Samsung Focus-specific update in the works, including some bug fixes. Walsh implies that they'll be several bugs targeted, but the only one he singles out deals with Bluetooth support. ...

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  • by | April 4, 2011 6:44 PM

    A new app brought to us by developer Heathcliff74 allows registry, filesystem, and other low level access to Samsung Windows Phone 7 smartphones via developer-unlocked .xap install. The program is called "WP7 Root Tools" and aims to be compatible with all Windows Phone 7 Smartphones in the future. The alpha version grants higher access privileges on the smartphone, currently allowing registry access with further abilities such as a file explorer and certificate store access coming. The tool utilizes Samsung-specific functionality and so will only operate on smartphones such as the Samsung ...

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  • by | March 30, 2011 5:08 PM

    While T-Mobile WP7 users are enjoying their new NoDo updates, those of you who chose to go with AT&T are still waiting for the official updates to head out. Microsoft's responded to growing concern amongst the owners of WP7 devices anxiously awaiting for updates by setting up a status page that, while not incredibly detailed, gives some idea of how far along each WP7 smartphone is in the process. Microsoft has just updated the page, giving us some more news about when to expect NoDo on the HTC Surround, LG Quantum, and Samsung Focus. Though all three AT&T phones are still marked as in the ...

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  • by | March 28, 2011 4:09 PM

    AT&T sees some welcome price drops today, with several mid to high-end smartphones getting reduced. The price drops could signal new devices pending announcement, or perhaps is related to the recently announced AT&T purchase of T-Mobile. For Android devices, we have only the Samsung Captivate seeing a drop at $99.99. BlackBerry checks in with the Torch at $49.99 and the Curve 3G at $29.99. Finally we have two WP7 devices, both at $49.99, the Samsung Focus and LG Quantum. All prices are with a new activation or upgrade on a 2 year service contract and require a minimum $15/mo data plan. The ...

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  • by | March 24, 2011 9:52 AM

    Previously we compared the HTC Thunderbolt with the iPhone and Inspire 4G. Moving on with our series, we wanted to compare a Windows Phone 7 device, in this case the Samsung Focus, with the HTC Thunderbolt. 6 Comparing these devices is somewhat of an apples-to-oranges comparison, since they're such vastly different devices. In terms of pricing, the Focus is now just $99, while the Thunderbolt costs $249. For data plans, you can get the 2GB $25/month data plan on the Focus, or opt for the unlimited $30/month data plan on the Thunderbolt. Windows Phone 7 and Android are quite different. For ...

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  • by | March 17, 2011 5:03 PM

    We don't talk much about digital zoom because most people recognize that it produces poor results. Sure, at times it can be helpful, especially if you're working with a smartphone that has a very high resolution sensor, but most of the time, it just leaves you wanting the optical zoom that only a real camera can offer. But that doesn't mean we can't compare digital zooms! In this video, we compare the iPhone 4 with the Inspire 4G (Desire HD) and Samsung Focus. Each are running a different operating system, and each produces different results. We test the digital zoom with an "eye chart" ...

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