Monday, February 28, 2011

Proud owner of a Samsung Focus

And clearly I like it as it's kept away from my blog.

For those that are curious I bought the Samsung Focus in mid December from the Best Buy in Vancouver, Canada. I'm sure supply is no longer an issue and it should be quite easy to buy them on or off contract North of the boarder.

It seems that its not as easy in the US; Microsoft is addressing that issue by working with to provide carrier locked but off contract Windows Phone 7 handsets. It's worth checking out if you're looking for a phone with no strings attached. Be prepared to pay between $500 and $700 depending on the model.

Back on topic - I wanted to write a few quick notes on my impressions of the Samsung Focus after using it for 2 months.

Its a great phone and I wouldn't trade it for anything currently available but there's still a little room for improvement.

What I like:
  • Amazing, bright 4" OLED screen
  • VERY responsive touch
  • VERY thin
  • VERY light
  • Ability to add additional storage via micro-SD
  • It runs my Windows Phone 7 applications
  • In a sea of smart phones you can still show this one off

    What I don't like:
  • 16 bit display - meaning you will see color banding on occasion but its not a big issue
  • Plastic shell - mine has collected a few chips already. Not even close to the durability of an iPhone or even my old Palm Treo Pro
  • Physical buttons are to sensitive. You only have to swipe over them to activate but because they're close to the screen they're often accidentally hit
  • Adding a micro-SD card requires a hard reset

    Overall its a great phone and its probably the best Windows Phone 7 device currently available in North America. The Samsung Omnia 7 is nearly an identical phone but I've been told its more durable but unfortunately its only officially available in Europe.

    And if you're looking for software head over to I've fallen behind on reporting releases so here's the catch up - Calc Pro, Converter Pro, Scientific Calc, Guitar Suite, FreeCell, Blackjack and Ultimate Sudoku are all available now and moTweets should be for sale before the end of the week.