Samsung Focus Flash review

Small, cheap, and full of surprises

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Samsung Focus Flash

The Samsung Focus Flash is essentially a Focus S in a smaller package. It represents an excellent value (Free with two-year agreement) amongst AT&T WP7 phones and brings high-end performance to an entry-level device.

Of course the Flash does cut a few corners to keep its costs down. It features only 8GB of storage instead of 16GB, and the 5MP camera lacks many of the options found with the 8MP module on the Focus S.

We Liked

The 1.4GHz processor is the same Snapdragon processor found in high-end WP7 phones.

Though on the smaller side, the display is still WVGA and Super AMOLED Plus which gives a crisp, vivid image.

It is compact yet manages to stay relatively feature packed. If cost is a concern, it's tough to argue with Free!

We disliked

8GB of storage (with only 6.6GB user accessible) is a travesty that's made worse by the lack of an expandable storage slot.

Cellular signal strength appears slightly weaker than other smartphones.

HSPA+ 4G is underwhelming on AT&T's network and made worse by the fact that AT&T is switching to LTE.

The 5MP camera isn't exactly bad, but don't expect to be impressed.

Final verdict

If you absolutely have to have a WP7 phone, and it has to be free, the Focus Flash is the best AT&T has to offer. Just know that you'll be limited in storage space, and don't expect it to replace a real digital camera.

The Flash is also a great MP3 device, so long as you don't plan on carrying more than 6GB of music. It's not a great choice for video, though. There just isn't enough storage space for HD content, and you'd likely prefer a larger screen.

As great of a value as the Flash is, the Nokia Lumia 900 certainly challenges that spot. It costs a bit more, but doesn't cut any corners.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Service ProviderAT&T
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value0.35 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyFocus Flash
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourDark Grey
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time6.50 Hour
Screen Size9.4 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)116.2 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 7.5
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density252 ppi
Height116.1 mm
Width58.7 mm
Depth10.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time250 Hour
Product NameFocus Flash Smartphone
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Product LineFocus Flash
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberSGH-I677DAAATT
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The new Windows Phone is made to be social.

The Samsung Focus Flash comes pre-loaded with the latest Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS, and everything that goes with it. You'll have, among other things, built-in Twitter and LinkedIn, a handy Linked inbox to see all your email messages in one place and Local Scout, powered by Bing. You'll also have a 1.4GHz processor to make sure all that sending, receiving and updating happens as quickly as possible.