- Size (LWH): 4.96 inches, 2.63 inches, 0.33 inches
- Weight: 3.84 ounces
- Network Compatibility: UMTS
- Minimum Rated Talk Time: 390 minutes
- Minimum Rated Standby Time: 250 hours
- Battery Type: Lithium Ion
The Samsung Focus S strips much of the bulk of the original Focus as it comes with a thin 0.34-inch (8.55mm) body. Under the hood, a 1.4GHz processor runs the Mango goodness. An 8-megapixel camera on the back will add appeal to the Focus S, while up front it comes with a 1.3-megapixel snapper for video conferencing.
Offering a powerful, premium Windows Mobile smartphone experience in a pocket-friendly design, the Samsung Focus S for AT&T is powered by the latest Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) operating system, which boasts hundreds of improvements including multitasking, photo and video capture, and threaded conversations that move with you from text to Facebook and back again. And you'll be able to keep yourself entertained with Xbox LIVE gaming and Zune-powered music and videos, yet stay productive on the go thanks to AT&T's 4G (HSPA+) network.
Windows Phone 7.5 power in your pocket with 1.4 GHz processor and 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display.
At just 8.5mm (0.33 inches) at its thinnest, it is the thinnest 4G Windows Phone smartphone. Additionally, the Focus S sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus multi-touch display, which delivers deeper and richer colors, blacker blacks, and better views from just about any angle. With an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera (with HD 720p video capture) and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, the Focus S has you covered.
The Focus S is a great device for the Microsoft business environment with the best e-mail and business productivity apps, and includes true Microsoft Office apps: Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
With AT&T's 4G HSPA+ network, you'll enjoy mobile broadband speeds up to 4x faster than AT&T's already fast mobile broadband network (learn more below). You also get the AT&T Mobile Hotspot service built right into the smartphone--enabling you to connect additional Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the phone's mobile broadband signal (requires appropriate data plan). This GPS-enabled phone can also access the AT&T Navigator service for turn-by-turn directions.
Powered by a 1.4 GHz processor, the Focus S also features a 16 GB internal memory, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, GPS for navigation and location services, a full HTML browser, and up to 6.5 hours of talk time.
The Brightest, Most Colorful Screen
With an incredibly colorful 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, the Focus S delivers 50 percent more sub-pixels than the previous generation Super AMOLED display for better contrast. The display also offers unmatched outdoor viewing quality, even in the brightest sunlight.
The Samsung Focus S weighs 3.9 ounces and measures 4.96 x 2.63 x 0.33 inches. Its 1650 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 6.5 hours of talk time, and up to 250 hours (10.4 days) of standby time. It runs on AT&T's dual-band 4G HSPA+ network (850/1900 MHz; HSPA+/HSDPA/UMTS) plus international 2100 MHz 3G networks. It's also a quad-band GSM phone (850/900/1800/1900 MHz GPRS/EDGE).
What's in the Box
Samsung Focus S handset, rechargeable battery, charger, stereo headset, quick start guide
The Power of Windows Phone 7.5
The Windows Phone 7.5 operating system has been designed to help you do more in less steps, and keep you updated on the things that are most important to you.
You can customize the Live Tiles on your Start Screen with what you care about--from people to web sites--and they'll continuously scan the web to keep you updated about your world at a glance.
Improved Live Tiles.
Windows Phone 7.5 also brings together the things you use most on your phone in six Hubs: People, Pictures, Office, Games, Music + Video, and Marketplace. Grouping them in Hubs like this lets you get to what you need, quicker, because you don't have to jump from apps to the web to contact lists.
The latest release of Windows Phone--version 7.5, codenamed "Mango"--has hundreds of improvements and new features. Here's just a sample:
Multitasking. Now you can keep your place in a game while reading e-mail or listen to music apps while texting. Many apps can run in the background, so you don't need to shut one down to use another--plus you can switch between open apps in a flash.
Find nearby restaurants, shops, and things to do with Local Scout.
Local Scout. Powered by Bing, Local Scout teams up search and mapping to show you nearby restaurants, shopping, and activities in a single tap.
Sync with SkyDrive. You can sync your Office docs between SkyDrive and your phone, so you can edit them on your phone now, then edit some more on your computer later.
This phone runs on AT&T's dual-band 850/1900 MHz 4G network (UMTS/HSDPA/HSPA+), and with HSPA+ you'll experience mobile data speeds up to 4x faster than ordinary mobile broadband--up to approximately 6 Mbps (download). AT&T has deployed HSPA+ to virtually 100 percent of its mobile broadband network, which enables 4G speeds when combined with enhanced backhaul (via Ethernet or fiber).
Backhaul is one of the major pieces of a telecommunications network. Think of it as the limbs connecting AT&T's cell towers with AT&T's backbone network that provides access to the Internet.
Coming later in 2011, AT&T will deliver a second layer of 4G network called LTE (Long Term Evolution) that is even faster than HSPA+ speeds.
In areas where either AT&T's 3G or 4G network is not available, you'll continue to receive service on the AT&T EDGE network, which offers availability in more than 13,000 US cities and along some 40,000 miles of major highways.
Note: AT&T's 4G mobile broadband coverage is not available in all areas. 4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul; availability increasing with ongoing backhaul deployment.
Optional AT&T Services
AT&T Navigator: This premium GPS navigation application includes audible turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic updates and re-routing options, and 3D moving maps (additional charges applicable). AT&T Navigator offers several other features to make your commute more enjoyable and reliable, including mobile access to Yellowpages.com. You'll be able to find the closes ATM, restaurant, gas station, Wi-Fi hotspot and more with over 10 million business listings.
DataPro 4 GB for Smartphone Tethering: Tethering lets you use your smartphone as a wireless modem or mobile hotspot, enabling you to share your mobile broadband connection to laptops, netbooks, and more. The DataPro 4 GB plan also includes unlimited access to more than 26,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots. And if you go over, you'll get an additional 1 GB automatically for only $10.
AT&T FamilyMap: Locate any phone indoors or outdoors on the AT&T Network. FamilyMap provides peace of mind by being able to conveniently locate a family member from your wireless phone or PC and know that your family's information is secure and private. Want to verify that your child arrives home from school each day? Set up a Schedule Check to automatically get location information sent to you via text message or e-mail.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you haven't used the new Windows Phone you really don't know what you are missing. Forget everything you know about the iPhone and Android. Windows Phone has really redefined what a smart phone should be -- not a device that becomes a chore to use or a distraction to everyday life, but rather a device that let's you focus on your life and integrates your social networks and other happenings together. I challenge anyone looking to get a new smartphone to just try Windows Phone for 15 minutes -- I guarantee you will fall in love (or at least deep lust!)
Having said all that, let's talk about the new Focus S shall we?
First off, let's talk screen size -- it's huge! 4.3 AMOLED that is as vivid as the picture makes it appear. No more struggling to read text or "fat fingering". This device was built for those who have big hands in mind! You have so much screen real estate your brain may think you are actually using a tablet. It's huge! Ok, ok - so I'm going a little overboard now, but trust me, the screen is bright, vivid and large.
With this latest generation of the Focus they have also bundled a front-facing camera. This makes it easy to not only do video calls, but also makes it very convenient to take self-photos. Granted, the front camera is just a mere 1.3 megapixels compared to the 8 megapixel rear camera -- but it gets the job done and then some.Read more ›
How is Mango better than iOS? Email is WAY better. It's more intuitive, takes fewer clicks to get common tasks done, and it just looks better. The IE (please sit down) browser in Mango is better than Mobile Safari--it's faster and the way it handles tabs and bookmarks is better (imho). Sites render as you would expect them to look. Contact integration with Facebook is extraordinary. You think your address book is complete until you launch your Windows phone for the first time. You'l find contact information that you've never known you had access to thanks to Facebook profile information being automatically pulled in. I could go on, but in my experience, the Windows phone is just a little bit better than iOS and heads and shoulders better than Android. Finally, the entire OS integrates with social media, so it is a thing of beauty to easily share anything and everything.
One additional note: One of the frurstations with former iPhone users who move to Android is that the apps are just not as good as their iPhone counterparts. The best RSS reader in the Android marketplace wouldn't make the top five in the iPhone app store, and that pattern is repeated again and again.Read more ›
First off the AMOLED screen is beautiful and there's lots of it. The 8MP rear camera also impresses. The star of the show is of course the Windows Phone OS which is quick, accessible and less "appy" than iOS or Android. You need less touches and apps to get more done, as many tasks are consolidated into a few hubs. It's a highly underrated OS that really has grown to be an awesome choice to choose.
Also there's a lot of features that you may otherwise miss such as Microsoft Office, Xbox-live built-in, wi-fi, tethering, a front-facing camera, multi-tasking, really fast 4G data speeds, still a lot of apps, live tiles, nice speaker, Netflix, beautiful yet functional user interface, solid glass screen, no freezing or stuttering and a lot more.
There are a few downsides. The build quality is definately solid, but uses a bit too much plastic to shed the weight. Though in its credit it does feel very light and thin. Also this phone only has 16GB of free space for music, videos etc. The old Samsung Focus had an expandable micro-SD slot so one could have around 40GB of memory. The omission of this slot and the lack of a lot of built-in memory is unfortunate. Though 16GB is competitive and is more than all the other Windows Phones.
Overall this phone is quite good; Samsung never disapoints. I can show it off to those snotty iPhone users and it trumps the Android phones. The OS is sleek and more stylish and attractive than its competitors and the large screen shows it all off. If you're looking for a great phone with a great OS and a nice alternative to the vanilla iPhone and Android, don't miss the Samsung Focus S.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Finally, a phone my husband can handle and use and see. Large screen, large buttons puts him back in communication with the world. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by S. Lee
This is a great phone. I had the older Samsung Focus and the front view camera as well as 4G and 16gb standard memory are all excellent enhancements. Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by A. Coler
So let me first mention this, I am an apple fan. I have bought every single iPhone (including iPhone 4S) the day they became available. Read morePublished on September 10, 2012 by S. Singh
NOTE. - I have this phone on AT & T Active since March 2012, ie 6 months of use.
Just one. - Bad - bad - signal reception (4G). Read more
I have owned this device since November 2011 and it is as much a pleasure to use today as when we first got it. Read morePublished on August 14, 2012 by Snowgator
This phone is AWESOME! WP7.5 is intuitive, although its UI needs refinements still; which I was counting on MS for future upgrade when I bought it. Read morePublished on June 21, 2012 by JJ
Super fast. Easy to use. Light weight. Awesome display. Long battery life, around 18 hours of good useage. Lots of apps now, 100k!Published on June 21, 2012 by Jordan
Samsung has done a great job offering a higher end product available for the WP7. Read more