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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Windows Phone Mango - A Teenager's Perspective

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 05:30 PM

"My hands-on with the Windows Phone Mango preview went live in June and since then I have had many readers ask if one of my teen daughters could check out Mango and write up some thoughts. Mal has been using my older Windows Mobile devices for a couple years and after spending about 10 days with a Samsung Focus loaded up with an early preview of Mango she can't wait to get her own Mango phone and finds this to be the most exciting device she has checked out yet."

Matthew Miller over at ZDNet had a neat idea to lend his evaluation Samsung Focus to his teenage daughter and let her give it a workout. She considered the hardware, software, and overall usability. Clearly, she was very impressed with this phone and the Mango release. The teen market is an important one, and their use of smartphone devices is somewhat unique as compared to other market segments such as professional workers. It's interesting to read that she would really like to have a Windows Phone 7 device. Is she truly represents a typical teen's opinion, then after last year's debacle with Microsoft Kin, that's great news for Microsoft.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Update For AT&T Samsung Focus Roll Out

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 07:30 PM

"The most recent Windows Phone update from Microsoft is indicating the Samsung Focus v1.4 update may happen sooner than later."

The looong wait is almost over for AT&T Samsung sufferers. The report indicates you should be seeing an update alert some time within the next day or so. With luck you'll be enjoying some of the benefits the rest of us have been using these last few months. It's no Mango, but it'll do until Mango arrives.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Microsoft WP7 Update News For May 3rd

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone Software" @ 09:25 PM

"Hi everyone. Today we started delivering the February and March updates to the HTC Surround on AT&T and to customers of Deutsche Telekom in Europe."

According to the latest Microsoft blog about the NoDo update, the update is now being pushed to the AT&T HTC Surround and customers of Deutsche Telekom. Optus and Telstra customers in Australia are also being pushed the NoDo update. On the bad news side, the update push process has been halted for Samsung Omnia 7 owners. Also, some AT&T Samsung Focus owners may see a delay in their notification depending on who makes their flash memory chip.

Also reported is the 7392 update. This is a security update to address the SSL certificate issue related to the Comodo security breach.

Friday, April 15, 2011

AT&T's Update For Quantum And Focus Now Updated To Scheduling

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:42 PM

"I'm happy to report that two Windows Phones sold by AT&T are a big step closer to getting updates."

Eric Hautala has just posted on the Windows Team blog stating the February and March (NoDo) updates for AT&T's LG Quantum and Samsung Focus are ready. The devices have now been upgraded to "Scheduling." Per the Where's my phone update page, 'Scheduling' means: "Microsoft is scheduling the update for delivery. This phase typically lasts 10 business days or less."

Unfortunately, the HTC Surround is still in the testing phase and has been cited to require more work.

Monday, March 28, 2011

NoDo Available For Samsung Focus or HTC Phones By Unbranding

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone Software" @ 10:30 PM

"One user on xda-developers has nailed it down for HTC devices. In addition to this, another user, as reported by WPcentral, has managed to get NoDo onto the Samsung Focus early."

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If you are tired of waiting for your carrier to finish testing the NoDo update, the developers over at XDA-Developers have got you covered. They've discovered how to unbrand HTC phones and the Samsung Focus in order to bypass the carrier and get the update pushed to them directly from Microsoft. The process does require the phone to be either a developer or Chevron unlocked device. If you are interested, the instructions for HTC phones can be found here and Samsung Focus here along with the required Samsung registry app here.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Want a Free Samsung Focus? Read on!

Posted by Steven McPherson in "Windows Phone Events" @ 07:00 PM

Samsung Focus

Our friends s over at Mobility Minded have made some changes to their website and to celebrate they've launched a contest and coordinated with Samsung Mobile USA to give a way a free Samsung Focus to new Twitter/Facebook fans of their site! If you've wanted to snag a new Samsung Focus or get one as a potential developer test machine here's the easy way to do it! Click here for the rules of the contest and good luck!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Samsung Focus Unboxing and First Impressions Video

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 12:35 PM

This part one of a two-part unboxing and first impressions video of the Samsung Focus, a new Windows Phone 7 device that I got from Rogers Wireless in Canada. The Focus has a four inch, Super AMOLED screen. It has a 1 Ghz processor, a paltry 8 GB of storage, a five megapixel camera with a flash, and 720p video capture. And, oh, it's one of the few Windows Phone 7 devices on the market that has an easily accessible microSD storage card slots. In fact, that was one of the main reasons I bought it - because 8 GB of storage isn't something I could live with on a phone that's going to replace my Zune HD.

In retrospect, I should have called part two "Fighting with the Samsung Focus and microSD cards". You can witness the disaster below. Read more...

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

LG Optimus 7 vs. Samsung Focus, Fight!

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 05:00 AM

Although most of our readers have probably made up their minds when it comes to which Windows Phone they are looking to acquire, some of you may still be on the fence. If you have been considering the Samsung Focus or the LG Optimus 7, you may want to head over to Anandtech and check out the nice comparison they have put together. The phones are compared among many hardware and software features to determine which is deserving of your hard earned dollars. Click the link for the comparison and conclusions. Unfortunately the LG Optimus 7 is not available on any carrier in the US. Have any of you used the phone? Leave your thoughts about the phone in the comments!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Samsung Focus Touch-Screen Mystery?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 04:00 AM

"While the screen gets high marks, we are hearing rumblings that there may be a glitch with the touch sensativity. It seems that if you lay the Focus down on a cushioned surface (e.g. a couch) the responsiveness of the screen goes from really good to really bad fast."

How utterly strange - I've never heard of anything like this before. Any Samsung Focus owners out there care to comment? Can you reproduce this behaviour? I'd weigh in on this issue myself, but I'm still waiting for Rogers Wireless to sell me one of these phones!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

AT&T Offering A Two For One Holiday Deal

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Mobile Operators" @ 06:00 PM

"AT&T just sweetened the pot a bit for the holiday shopping season with the announcement of a buy one get one free deal for the HTC Surround, LG Quantum and Samsung Focus. To take advantage of this offer head down to your local AT&T retail store, sign up for a two-year contract and you and a friend will have a couple of the coolest phones of the season."

I've got mixed feelings about this - on the one hand this sounds like a great deal, but on the other hand, AT&T is trying to clear stock already? Really? But if you're interested, dropping by an AT&T store and have a look.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Why Won't Rogers Wireless Sell Me a Windows Phone 7?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 05:34 PM

I'm not sure what the launch of Windows Phone 7 has been like in your part of the world, but in Canada I'm finding myself extremely frustrated with how hard it is to get my hands on one of these new phones. I've been with Rogers Wireless since 2008, originally getting a Samsung Jack (Blackjack II), and am due for a hardware upgrade. I've been using the HTC HD2 since this time last year, chugging along at 2G speeds (yeah, feel my pain!), and after using the prototype Windows Phone 7 hardware a few weeks ago, I desperately want to move to the new platform. Read more...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tethering Now Possible With a Samsung Focus

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 11:09 AM

"Just minutes ago I posted about the possibility of tethering on Windows Phone and BAM I'm tethered! Patrick (from MobilityDigest as well as Xbox 360 Digest to name a few) gave me the login and password for AT&T tethering and once I put them in I was connected using my Focus and my laptop was on the web! And not just that, it's pretty easy. Note that for now this method only works for Samsung devices because you need to get into Diagnosis and we only know how to do this for Samsung. Nonetheless, the OS can tether so it's just a matter of time."

Not exactly a simple process, but if you really need tethering and have a Samsung Focus, well, now you can do it! Although if you really needed tethering you probably wouldn't have purchased a Windows Phone 7 devices, right? The good news is that we now know the OS is capable of it - it's just a matter of it being enabled by Microsoft and the wireless carriers.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Samsung Focus Now Available From Rogers Canada

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 12:39 PM

"Say hello to Windows Phone 7 with the Samsung Focus. Receive live updates from the dynamic Start Screen, enjoy mobile gaming with Xbox LIVE integration and manage your multimedia with Zune. If you need to stay productive, review and edit documents with Office. View all these features of Windows Phone 7 on the crisp 4" Super AMOLED screen."

Today is the day that Windows Phone 7 devices are popping up all over the place - in Canada, Rogers has launched the Samsung Focus. $199 on a three year contract, or $599 without a contract. I'm going to try and get my hands on one of these today...are you buying a Windows Phone 7 device today?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Windows Phone 7 Samsung Focus Review Round Up

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 06:30 PM

Curious how the Samsung Focus ranks in the hands of reviewers? I wasn't fortunate enough to get my hands on one - I'm working on that - but so far here are the reviewers that have, and here's what they thought: Review: "So here we have it: Microsoft's attempt at making a modern smartphone. What's the verdict? From a hardware perspective, the Focus is a huge win. It's fast, has a beautiful screen, and it represents Windows Phone 7 very well."

phonescoop Review: "The Samsung Focus is a wonderful piece of hardware. The screen is superlative, among the best I've used on a mobile phone, and the build quality and design are excellent. The phone sounds great during calls, gets good cell reception and snaps fine pictures. Battery life could be better, but it wasn't the worst I've seen by a long shot."

SlashGear Review: "Underneath that 4-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display, you'll find Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The camera on the back is highlighted with a LED flash, and the back of the device is slightly curved. Overall, the Focus feels a lot like the Samsung Vibrant, in that there's an obviously plastic look-and-feel to the device. But, it does still feel solid in the hand, and even if AT&T is saying that it's the slimmest Windows Phone 7 device, it still feels good in the hand."

PCMag Review: "The Samsung Focus is probably the best of the Windows phones, although I have five more reviews to go before I can really decide that for sure. But the more practical question is: How does this phone compare with the other top handsets on AT&T The Focus strikes hardest at the Samsung Captivate ($49.99-$199.99, 4 stars), AT&T's best Android phone-and at Android in general. The Captivate is a terrific phone, but Windows Phone is like a manicured garden where Android is running a little wild. It looks like updates will come more promptly for the Focus, and e-mail compatibility is even better. Especially if you like the Zune syncing experience, the Focus can offer a more elegant, more orderly (if less flexible) option."

ZDNET Review: "The Samsung Focus reminds me a lot of a Galaxy S Android device with its large 4 inch Super AMOLED display, black glossy plastic finish, and sleek form factor. It is large, but thin enough that it still feels good in your hand and is easily pocketable."

Gizmodo Review: "Samsung's incredibly rich, deeply contrast-y and saturated Super AMOLED screen is a perfect visual delivery mechanism for Windows Phone 7's black backgrounds and loud, basic colors. The size-4 inches-and resolution-800x480-are just right, even if it doesn't match the titanic 4.3-inch HD7 or the iPhone's 960x640 display. The touch response, tuned by Microsoft's deep testing for Windows Phone hardware, is top notch, especially paired with the WP7's second-to-iPhone keyboard."

Myself, I'm leaning toward getting the Samsung focus - the ability to pop in a 32 GB microSD card to get 40 GB of total memory is tempting, and the big, bright screen looks fantastic. And, even better, my wireless carrier (Rogers) is actually going to be selling the phone so I can have a "sanctioned" experience with it. What are your thoughts on the Samsung Focus?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Some Windows Phone 7 Devices Will Have Removable Storage?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 03:33 PM

"Okay, lets get some of this confusing stuff out of the way: the Samsung Focus has "only" 8GB of storage available. In talking with Samsung, their position was basically so much of this phone is "cloud based" that 8GB may be sufficient for most people. However, they're more than glad to suggest that 16GB and higher are probably on the horizon."

Hmm. This article states that the Samsung Focus has a removable storage slot and that you can take out the 8 GB microSD card, put in a 16 GB microSD card, hard reset the phone, and the card will be usable. The contents of the card are digitally encrypted for performance and security reasons, so you can't take it out and pop it into another device, but this painful-but-doable method of upgrading the storage on your phone is quite interesting, and quite surprising. I wonder how many other Windows Phone 7 devices will be able to do this? Fingers crossed that HTC is enabling the same type of thing on their phones...(in fact, let me email HTC about that right now).

Windows Phone 7 Profile: the Samsung Focus

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 01:17 PM

"Thin and light, the Samsung Focus offers a 4.0" Super AMOLED display and a 5mp camera with enhanced photo options such as panorama, smile detector, Lomo mode, Add Me, and BeautyShot."

One of the few devices with am AMOLED screen, the Samsung Focus has a sizeable (4 inch) screen, a slender 10.9mm profile, and fairly standard specs otherwise. As I profile each of these phones, I find myself increasingly disappointed that so many of them are only coming with 8 GB of storage. That's worthy of a separate post I think...stand by!

  • 4.0", 480x800 Super AMOLED screen
  • 4.82" x 2.53" x 0.43" 110g
  • 512MB RAM/1GB Flash/8GB internal storage
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250 1 GHz
  • Battery life - Talk time: 3 hrs/Standby: 250 hrs
  • 5MP camera/720p HD video

More photos after the break.

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