After observing success story of Android phones, Samsung has launched a 2nd generation Windows phone in the market. It’s a small sized pocket phone in comparison to giant sized screens Smartphones, with features that most of the Smart phones are offering in the market. Though it’s smaller than Samsung Focus S, it’s heavier than it, weighing 116.2g however, it doesn’t feels flimsy or looks plastic type as Samsung Focus S or Samsung Galaxy S2 with their thin battery covers. Rather, it has got a nice looking fit and finish. The threat this phone can pose to its counterparts will be evident in the coming months.
Design and Build
The screen size is 3.7 inches with 480 x 800 pixels display. This translates out to be 252 pixels per inch. It’s a small phone being just 116 mm long and 11 mm thick. It’s got back, search and home (the home button is actually a click button) buttons at the bottom of the screen- the standard buttons in a Windows phone. The screen has got standard live tile on the user interface. This gives quick access to phone, social networking, mail support and shortcut to IE, picture viewer and lots of other stuff.
The overall shape of the phone is rectangular with sharp edges. It has got a 1.3 MP front facing camera. There is also an ambient light sensor and proximity sensor. On the bottom there is a micro USB port which can be used for syncing with desktop for software, music and videos. There is microphone on the bottom and top of the phone and a standard 3.5 mm stereo jack at the top.
Present on one side is power button and dedicated camera button- a standard for Windows phone. On other side there is volume control button. The back cover is kind of finished plastic which resists scratches. The phone is available in only dark gray color.
Mounted on Qualcomm chip set, the phone has a 2nd generation 1.4GHz Scorpion processor, known for its speed. This is only slightly slower than 1.5 GHz Scorpion processor mounted on Qualcomm chipset that comes with HTC Titan. It runs on 512 MB RAM.
The phone has voice recognition feature too for calling or sending texts to any of your contacts. You can also find or open any file or an application just by using the voice commands. However the performance of speech recognition is not that satisfactory, but it’s a glitch of the Mango 7.5- the OS- and not the phone. Bundled with the OS comes mobile version of MS office which efficiently manages Excel sheets, Word documents and PowerPoint Presentations.
The phone doesn’t have any micro SD card slots and has a limited memory of 8GB. So, it’s disappointing for those who carry lot of data in their phone. The speakers are loud but they lack the bass. The audio quality is average.
For connectivity this phone uses Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and it has Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR. Besides, it has got EDGE services support.
It’s got a super AMOLED display which uses pin tile arrangement due to which there are fewer sub pixels. The screen resolution is standard 480 x 800 pixels- the standard for Microsoft Windows phone. It has got a 16M color display and there is not a lot of fringing of colors on the screen. The touch is capacitive and is very much responsive.
The UI is standard Windows live tile, which gives a quick access to messaging, phone, social networking etc. You can also add or delete tiles of your choice. Deleting a tile doesn’t mean that the application is uninstalled; it’s just deleted from the live tile UI. The response of the UI is pretty fast- which is characteristic of most of the Windows phone.
This phone has got a 5 MP camera which is not the best, but still good enough to shoot photos with a LED flash and auto focus option. With dedicated camera button the task becomes even easier. The full size image clicked by this phone has a resolution of 2592 x 1944pixels. It has also got smile detection feature. It can record videos up to 720p. The phone also mounts a front facing camera of 1.3 MP for video chatting.
As a windows phone the Samsung Focus Flash has a lot to offer. You can manage your multiple social networking accounts like Facebook, LinkedIn, Windows Live Account, Twitter etc. You can also manage your Outlook and Google accounts. There is also Hotmail support. It has also got a Samsung Daily Briefing- a portal- where you can get news, weather, stocks, currency converters, top tweets etc.
There is X-Box live gaming option. This phone handles 3D games pretty well.
It has got a standard Li-ion battery with 1500mAh. when charged fully it can remain on standby for 250 hours and can have give talk time up to 6 hours 30min.
It was released in the last week of September 2011 in US. However there is no current news regarding its release in India. This phone is priced at $0.99 with 2-yr AT&T contract and $399 with no commitment.