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The Samsung Focus is a tight, little slab-style WP7 coming to AT&T. The Focus feels very much like one of Samsung's Galaxy line of Android devices. The plastics have the same, er, plastic-y quality, although it felt solidly built. It was thin, compact, and light, making it comfortable to hold and use. It will fit in pockets no problem, and has rounded surfaces.

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It was responsive to the touch, and the three main WP7 buttons on the front worked well. I experience no delay in jumping back a screen, or to the home screen, or to the Bing search tool.

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The volume and dedicated camera buttons were small, but worked well. I like that Samsung has been putting a tiny, sliding door over the microUSB ports rather than a peel-off hatches. It's easier to deal with than the peel-offs.

The camera and flash are on the back, and the 3.5mm headset jack is mandatory.

What's most striking about the Focus, of course, is the Super AMOLED display. It looks just as stunning as it does on Samsung's Android devices. It is bright, sharp, colorful, and a joy to look at.

This one lands at AT&T later this fall.

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