video sample from the Samsung Focus camera
Engadget have published their review of the Samsung Focus, and while the build quality disappointed them, with the device feeling cheap and plasticky, they found the screen to be as great as the one on the Samsung Omnia 7, including good out door performance, the sound quality to be very good indeed, the camera to be surprisingly good and battery life good enough to last a while day of heavy use.
They also tested the MicroSD card on the device, and found it worked perfectly well for expanding the storage from 8 to 22 GB using a 16 GB card.
The Focus is kind of the everyman of the Windows Phone 7 line. It doesn’t really have any fancy features and isn’t especially stylish… but it gets the job done. If you’re in the market for a WP7 handset, here in America you don’t have a huge amount of options. We prefer the Focus over the Surround (for you AT&T buyers), but there isn’t such a wide amount of differences between the two that either one would be a bad choice. The Focus is thinner and sleeker to some extent, though its plasticky build leaves a lot to be desired. Still, it’s a solid, comfortable phone that works exactly as you’d expect, and if you’re the photo snapping type, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its prowess in that area. At the end of the day, a lot of people will find that the Focus hits the sweet spot — for us, it just slightly misses the mark.
Read their full review here.