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12/21/11 06:49 PM
Samsung Focus Flash Video Review

The Samsung Focus Flash is ATT's most affordable second gen Windows Phone running OS 7.5 Mango. At $49 with a 2 year contract, it's a bargain. You get the same 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU found in the $199 Samsung Focus S, and the usual Windows Phone standards like an 800 x 480 resolution touch screen, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, a front camera and a GPS that works with Bing Maps and ATT Navigator.

The Focus Flash cuts back on a few features compared to its more expensive brother: you get a 3.7” Super AMOLED vs. the 4.3” Super AMOLED Plus display on the Focus S, a 5 megapixel rear camera vs. 8 on the S, and half the storage. But the Focus Flash takes pleasing photos with good colors, and it's a lot more pocketable too.

The Focus Flash actually looks a little classier to my eye, and it weighs 0.2 ounces more than the larger Focus Flash. Call quality is good but not stellar like the Focus S, the speaker is fairly loud and the phone handles XBOX Live gaming and video playback well thanks to the fast CPU. If you're looking for an affordable smartphone on AT&T and are interested in Windows Phone, the Samsung Focus Flash is definitely worth a look. And it's a nice step up from the original Samsung Focus that’s still offered with a steep discount on AT&T. You get a faster CPU and a front camera vs. last year’s model. Granted, the Focus Flash has only 8 gigs of storage (6.67 gigs available) and no microSD expansion, which might discourage music and video buffs who want lots of content in their pockets.

Here's our Samsung Focus Flash video review:


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