Windows Phone 7.5 Mango has hit the market with much fanfare and a slew of new devices. The Samsung Focus Flash for AT&T is part of the aforementioned group. The American sibling of the Samsung Omnia W, together with its upscale partner, the Focus S has the difficult task of swaying people away from the established players, which Android and iOS devices are, by packing solid hardware, spanking new OS, and a budget price tag.
After a quick look at the phone’s metal clad, all black body, and Super AMOLED screen however, the term “budget” gets quickly pushed to the back of your mind. One might even argue, that the Focus Flash look more upscale than its bigger brother – the Focus S.
On the inside, the two Windows Phone siblings from Samsung have a lot in common. Both devices are featuring a 1.4GHz Scorpion CPU, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. This can be attributed to the stringent hardware requirements which Microsoft has toward the devices, running its mobile OS. In short – it is difficult to divide the Windows Phone handsets into budget and high-end. The Samsung Focus Flash surely doesn’t mind this.
While Windows Phone 7 was clearly a work in progress when released, the latest Mango update has firmly put the OS on the path of credibility. App support is still quite limited, but Microsoft is working really hard in this direction by courting the top developers from the other OS ecosystems. All in all, given the financial power of the Redmond based software giant, we can reasonably expect the gap between Windows Phone and the top dogs to grow narrower as time progresses.
The Samsung Focus Flash has the luxury of packing a fairly upmarket hardware (for a Windows Phone device), while being priced like an entry-level smartphone. Is it going to make it in a world of free iPhone and Android devices? This is what we are going to try and answer with this review. As always, we’ll kick things off with unboxing and a hardware inspection.
Editorial: You might notice that this review is shorter than usual and doesn't include all of our proprietary tests. The reason is it has been prepared and written far away from our office and test lab. The Samsung Focus Flash is a US-only phone, so it will probably never get to the shores of the Old Continent. Still, we think we've captured the essence of the phone in the same precise, informative and detailed way that's become our trademark. Enjoy the good read!