Today's the day if you want a Windows 7 Phone here in the US. ATT has 3 models, two of which are in stores today: the Samsung Focus and the HTC Surround. T-Mobile has the HTC HD7.
The Samsung Focus is undeniably one of the nicest smartphones: it's attractive, light, has that wonderful Super AMOLED display and a fast camera that takes sharp shots. This is a hardware-cousin to the Samsung Galaxy S phones and it shares their 4" display, thin and light design and dubious power button and USB port locations. To our eyes it looks classier than the Samsung Vibrant, though it's an all-plastic phone like the Vibrant, and we particularly like the squared off edges that make it easier to keep in hand.
The Focus puts the larger HTC HD7's display to shame: it's that much more color saturated and bright (to be fair, even the Surround has a richer display than the HD7, and the HD7's display isn't exactly horrid). Here's a side-by-side shot of the Samsung Focus and HTC HD7:
In terms of specs, the Focus is *almost* identical to the other new Windows Phone 7 devices. It differs in one key area: it's the only one to have an accessible microSD card slot. The device has 8 gigs of internal storage and you can fill the slot with cards up to 32 gigs in capacity. The catch? Windows Phone 7 merges internal and SD storage into one virtual partition, so you'll want to install your card of choice before you boot up the phone and put your data on it. Should you wish to remove or swap out the card later, you'll have to erase the phone and start fresh (blame Microsoft, not Samsung).
In other areas, it's business as usual: a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, multi-touch capacitive display and a 5 megapixel camera.
Here's our video review, and our written review will follow in the coming days.