For handsets made by the same company and released around the same time, there are many surprising differences. Examples include the Focusâ€™s screen being slightly dimmer than the Nexus S, but having a better camera with better colour reproduction, or the Nexus S having better call quality, but the Focus having a better speaker phone.
One interesting aspect is while both devices running 1 Ghz processors, the Focus runs the nearly 2 year old Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250, while the Nexus S runs the more modern Hummingbird S5PC100 processor, which is supposedly 3 times faster. The video however clearly shows both devices are similarly snappy, but the Samsung Focus remains smoother, a difference clearly more related to the OS than the hardware.
Ultimately, you’re going to have to make the decision of which platform seems to prove more alluring to you. However, it’s instantly recognizable right now that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience on the Google Nexus Smanages to offer more functionality and personalization over the Windows Phone 7 powered Samsung Focus. Even then, there are some aspects of the Focus that make it the better choice â€“ like its superior performance in taking photos and videos. Additionally, there’s just something about the overall look and feel of Windows Phone 7 that makes it one polished experience from the onset. Regardless, the Nexus S still seems to offer more bang for the buck since it employs things like a front facing camera, tethering support, multi-tasking, Flash Player 10.1 support and NFC.
It is interesting that what many feel is one of the best Windows Phone 7 handsets measures up so well to the only officially anointed Google phone since the original Nexus One and certainly suggests Windows Phone 7 is only a few software updates away from having clearly better handsets than those available on the Android OS.
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