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Review: Samsung Focus Flash for AT&T

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The Focus Flash runs Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. Since Microsoft doesn't really allow hardware makers or network operators to customize the user interface yet, it is for all intents and purposes identical to other Mango phones.

The unlock screen offers a great set of notifications placed at the bottom that let you see in an instant what new missed calls, emails, and messages you may have received. They are easy to jump into once you unlock the phone.

The home screen is made up of dynamic, updating apps (called Live Tiles) with content that changes throughout the day. Mango supports more tiles, and more types of tiles, such as email folders and message threads. You can pin these tiles — some active, some static — to the main home screen, where they can behave, in effect, like widgets.

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The “Metro” interface of Windows Phone requires you to swipe your finger to the left to discover more content/info in most apps/menus you happen to be using. For example, swipe to the left from the home screen, and you go into the main menu. The main menu is where all the applications, settings, and other tools are stored.

Most individual apps can also be adjusted, and Mango also brings fast app switching, which some might call multitasking. Press and hold the back button, and you'll see a collection of all the recent applications you've used in a coverflow-style layout. Simply pick the app you want to return to, and you'll jump directly there.

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