Review: Samsung Focus with Windows Phone 7
The differences between the Samsung Focus and Samsung's Android-based, Galaxy S phones, like the Samsung Captivate on AT&T, are subtle, and that's a very good thing. The phone is gorgeous. It's a thin slab of plastic, with a subdued metal accent creeping up the sides and around the top. The front of the phone is dominated by the 4-inch touchscreen. The back is slightly tapered, and though this doesn't make the phone easier to hold, it certainly looks cool.
Like all new Windows Phones, the Focus has three buttons up front: Back, Start and Search (always in that order). This mimics Android closely, and I would have liked to see a Menu button on the Focus as well, like Android phones use. Too often, I was searching for more options to help me with a task, and a Menu button would have answered my questions more quickly.
On the right side of the slim phone is a screen lock / power button up top, and a two stage camera button near the bottom. All Windows Phones will have a camera button, which is a great requirement by Microsoft. These buttons were a bit shallow for my taste, but the volume rocker on the left side protruded a bit more, which made it easy to adjust volume quickly during a call. Up top, there's a 3.5mm headphone port and a microUSB port with a sliding cover. I've never found port covers necessary, but Samsung's feels sturdy.
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The Samsung Focus is very thin and light. You could easily slip it into a tight pair of pants or a jacket breast pocket without bulging. It feels good in the hand during calls, too. That 4-inch screen size produces a phone that isn't unwieldy, but still offers the benefits of a larger display.
Windows Phone 7: Hands-On
Hands-on with the full range of Microsoft Windows Phone 7 devices announced this week, including the HTC HD7 and Surround, LG Quantum, Samsung Focus, and Dell Venue Pro.
Microsoft Taking 'Patient' Route to Distributing Updates
Microsoft's Joe Belifiore today admitted that the system updates offered to Windows Phone 7 devices so far have fallen short of the company's expectations. "We had expected it to be earlier than now," said Belfiore at Microsoft's MIX 2011 conference in Las Vegas.
Microsoft Provides 'NoDo' Roll-Out Schedule
Microsoft has published a web site to provide Windows Phone 7 users with a general idea of when they might expect their devices to receive the NoDo update. According to the site, Microsoft is scheduling the update for the Dell Venue Pro and HD7 (both on T-Mobile), which means it should be available in the next 10 days or so.
AT&T Reaffirms Commitment to Updating Windows Phones
AT&T has indicated through its forums that it will provide a system update for its Windows Phone devices (including the HTC Titan, Samsung Focus and others) at some point in the coming months. For reasons unknown, AT&T has not distributed the 8107 system update.
NoDo Scheduled for LG Quantum, Samsung Focus
Microsoft has provided an update to the status of AT&T's Windows Phone 7 devices and the NoDo update. According to the Windows Phone Blog, the LG Quantum and Samsung Focus have passed the testing phase and are now in the scheduling phase.