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Monday, January 16, 2012

Samsung's 2nd Gen Focus - the Focus S

Posted by Don Tolson in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 08:00 AM

Audio

For audio, the Samsung Focus S supports MP3, WMA, AAC audio formats. I've tried all three and they work great. The Focus S also works great with the TuneIn internet radio app.

The included earphones were of noticeably better quality than the earbuds normally provided. The sound produced was much fuller and the volume had much more headroom than on the LG.

Video

According to the specs, the Focus S will play MPEG4, WMV, H.264 and H.263 video formats. Unfortunately, I'm not sure Zune has the same compatibilities. When I placed our test suite of videos on my PC, Zune wasn't able to 'find' the 720p nor 1080p H.264 .mov files (10 min, approx. 690mb to 1gb). Nor could it find the 1080p MP4 .mov file or a Quicktime 1080p .mov, so I wasn't able to transfer these to the Focus S to test them. Zune was fine with the 640x360 .m4v file and all of the avi, mp4, and WMV files, though. I'm not sure if it has to do with the size or the resolution, but I'm hoping it's a restriction that will be addressed soon. All the ones I could get onto the Focus S played just fine. YouTubes and TED videos are absolutely stunning on this screen.

Conclusion

When I was using my LG Quantum, I thought I was in heaven. I REALLY felt I had to have a hardware keyboard in order to be effective using my phone for all those texts and emails. With the Focus S and the new Mango O/S, I'm a convert. The look, feel and operation of the Focus S is just head and shoulders above any of the older WP7 phones. It's also a prime contender in the Android/iOS/WP7 wars, but that's more about the operating system and available apps than the phone itself. It'll be a while before I give this one up, at least until the next best WP7 phone comes along :-)

Don is a Senior Solution Architect for Fujitsu Consulting, specializing in Enterprise Mobility, Security and Privacy. When not bugging the local Rogers retailers about the availability of the latest and greatest handsets (which they never have), he's helping his sons and wife fully appreciate the wonderful, social side of cell phone ownership :-)

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