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[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:

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    While Nokia's flagship N8 smartphone received just a 5/10 in Engadget's review last month, it seems that the Symbian-powered handset was at least able to revive a Windows Phone 7-formatted microSD card that the publication's editor had allegedly been unable to save through other means. After reportedly trying to reuse a card that had already been integrated into his Samsung Focus' file system, editor-in-chief Joshua Topolsky found that no other products could read and thus reformat it, including cameras and Linux utilities. Until, that is, an N8 owner suggested attempting the format with ...

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    You might remember all the buzz around Windows Phone 7 certified memory cards and how the first such certified piece popped-up yesterday, made by SanDisk. While Microsoft still wants you to consider the memory card an unmovable hardware part and permanent component of your phone, five microSD cards have popped up SanDisk's website listed as Samsung Focus compatible. Now there's a difference between "Samsung Focus compatible" and "Windows Phone 7 certified" but for what it's worth, they're all "tested under the most extreme conditions" (wonder what those might me). Several capacities are ...

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    You might have seen our story on Windows Phone 7 certified memory cards and you might have even followed our coverage since we first brought this issue to your attention. Well, the first ever Windows Phone 7 certified memory card is called SanDisk and it's an 8GB class 2 microSD card. This comes right off Samsung's Support website -- heads-up Samsung Focus owners -- where we also find out that Windows Phone 7 compatible microSD cards will be branded as "Windows Phone 7 Compatible" on the packaging. Is this marketing or what? Thoughts anyone? Source: Samsung Via: MobileTechWorld

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    Australian developer Chris Walsh recently found a method to run so-called native code on the platform indicating that jailbreaking Windows Phone 7 could be possible, though it's a first step in a huge process. Same developer seems to have conquered another OS tower as he now tweeted that he's got registry and file system access. The tweet also mentions that this was achieved on Samsung and HTC devices and the developer is committed to getting that on LG handsets too. Are these hacks device dependent? Normally they shouldn't be but, as with the case of USB tethering on the Samsung Focus and ...

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    We've mentioned the possibility of seeing, sooner or later, Windows Phone 7 certified memory cards with all the buzz around this issue and even AT&T is telling its Windows Phone 7 subscribers that are device owners -- read Focus -- to hold back until certified cards will be available. Microsoft has published a knowledge base article entitled Windows Phone 7 Secure Digital Card Limitations (Revision 5.1 as of November 9) which doesn't clarify the issue to the extent most of us wanted or expected. While talking about some Windows Phone 7 handsets that might come with a memory slot, the ...

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    AT&T has issued a statement advising Samsung Focus owners not to use microSD cards in their devices until such time as Windows Phone 7-certified cards hit the market. This follows reports that customers were being told basically the same thing at AT&T retail locations. As published by Engadget, the full statement reads: "Windows Phone 7 requires a certified high-speed microSD card for optimal performance. Because the Samsung Focus is expandable via a microSD card, only microSD memory cards certified for Windows Phone 7 should be used. This information is not currently marked on any microSD ...

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    Seen the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 TV ads lately? You know, the "Really" campaign while jogging, at baseball and in bed? It's time for some Windows Phone 7 love from AT&T, the premier carrier for the platform. Samsung Focus and HTC Surround are both starring in a separate, device dedicated TV ad that seems to emphasize on the winning features for each device. The Samsung Focus is the Windows Phone with beauty and brains "that gets you to the stuff you love faster" while the HTC Surround will surely amaze you with its stage presence and Dolby surround sound speakers. Check out both of them ...

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    For months now Microsoft has stated that Windows Phone 7 will not be able to do tethering without the approval of the carrier. Of course that wouldn't stop us from finding the back door, and it seems as though Samsung left the door wide open. The Samsung Focus already has an accessible storage card slot, why not an accessible USB tethering ability too? Although the device will not do Wi-Fi tethering at this time it is more than capable of doing USB tethering. To set up this on a Samsung Focus you will need to go into the diagnostic menu: 1) On the Focus go to the keypad and dial ##634# and ...

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    AT&T Senior Vice President of Devices Jeff Bradley stated some two weeks ago that "devices will support the addition of up to a 32GB class 2 (or higher) microSD card. You need to insert the card before you power up the device the first time so that the operating system can map it as available memory to maximize its utilization. This is outlined in the Quick Start Guide you receive in the box". In addition, according to page one of the Samsung Focus manual, it is possible to insert the memory card and the procedure is also outlined guiding users how to achieve it. On the other end, with ...

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    So this being Windows Phone 7 launch day in the US and all, we thought it might be a good opportunity to share something we noticed in the footnotes to AT&T's and Samsung's Focus press release: in reference to the bullet point "Expandable Memory Slot supporting up to 32GB," the small print reads that "Focus is only compatible with microSD cards certified for Windows Phone 7." Well this is the first we've heard of cards specifically certified for use with the new operating system; from what we can gather, Microsoft's public stance is that this is a carrier issue, but that since microSD ...

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    The day is here! After a long time of waiting and anticipation, November 8, the date for U.S. Windows Phone 7 device launch has finally arrived and you can grab a brand new handset running the highly anticipated mobile OS from Microsoft. We'll show you what's available, where and how much it will cost. There are basically three handsets available today: HTC HD7, HTC Surround and Samsung Focus. There was word on Dell Venue Pro November 8 availability from Microsoft but so far the device is still teasing us from the shadows as it is late to appear online. HTC HD7 - T-Mobile U.S.A. - $199.99 ...

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    Today is the day many of us have been waiting for, the date for Windows Phone 7 device launch and since it's already November 8, AT&T just launched its Windows Phone 7 website featuring the HTC Surround, Samsung Focus and LG Quantum. Those of you who don't want to actually go to the store can purchase the Surround and Focus straight from the carrier. Both handsets run for $199.99 on a two year contract and require a $15/month data plan (with both priced at $499.99 with no commitment purchase). While the LG Quantum is still on preorder, the Surround and Focus are available as of now and if ...

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    At this point it should really come as no surprise -- considering that sales begin in less than a week -- but it's worth mentioning that neither AT&T nor T-Mobile will be taking pre-orders for their inventory of Windows Phone 7 launch devices. We could previously surmise from T-Mobile's HTC HD7 landing page that there would be no pre-order period -- a helpful notification feature is offered in case you forget when the 8th falls this month -- and now AT&T has responded to a tweet by stating that handset availability would be on a "first come, first serve basis" starting on the day of ...

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    AT&T must not have gotten the memo from Microsoft regarding the horrible things that could happen if users attempt to swap out microSD cards in Windows Phone 7 devices, as a company vice president has apparently explicitly stated that the method for storage upgrades will be detailed in the handsets' quick start guides. According to user eshudnow from the AT&T forums, Senior Vice President of Devices Jeff Bradley responded to his query by saying that "the devices will support the addition of up to a 32GB class 2 (or higher) microSD card. You need to insert the card before you power up the ...

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    Here's a look at some of the applications that AT&T has added. These are not the bloated add-on applications you might have expected. They can actually be quite useful. If you want, you can easily tap and hold on the application icon in the programs listing and choose "Uninstall". That will remove the application from the phone permanently¬Ö that is unless you do a Factory Reset, at which point the original AT&T applications will get reinstalled in the background during first boot. I think this is a really great compromise. When you buy the AT&T phone, you get a handful of AT&T ...

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