06-15-2012 04:43 PM
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  1. dragonfire6's Avatar
    I picked up my S for $100 in-store last night and with only a couple hours with this phone, I'm sure this phone will get me thru the next two years!

    Design: Yea, we've seen this design before but i believe "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!!" You will be shocked at how light it is and I personally like my phone to be light and thin, which the S definitely pulls off well. I have occasionally hit the camera button on accident and expected the app to pop up on the screen, interrupting my web browsing or text but I have yet to bump it hard enough to activate the camera. Although, when I have needed to pull the camera up, the button feel is good. I think I prefer the Focus button but this would be a close second if not comparable. You won't realize how flimsy the back plate is until you actually take it off the phone which should need to be done so I see this as a non-issue and good for saving some weight. Everything feels like it is exactly where it should be and even tho the charging port does not have a door or cover, I'm glad it is on the bottom of the phone now (dock please!!!).

    Screen: The screen is amazing and I actually like the fact that the Low setting for the screen brightness is VERY low! I remember using the Focus while laying in bed with all the lights off and I wished the screen could get even dimmer, like my old Captivate. The low setting on the S is perfect and actually more dim than my Captivate. It's like Low is 5%, Medium is 60% and High is supernova (pretty solid when viewing in sunlight). I think the viewing angles are great and the colors are nice and rich.

    Camera: I haven't fully tested the camera but when you press the dedicated camera button, the app springs up very quickly, enabling you to snap shots (even from a locked state) very quickly.

    UI: The S runs Mango like a champ. Although not extremely extensive use, I have experienced no lag or delay with any application process or opening. I do have lag with the key presses and when locking & unlocking the device. Not the end of the world for me since I never have these sounds on but I can see this getting annoying for someone who likes those sounds. I never experienced this on the Focus. I was scrolling thru an album that has over 500 pictures in it (stored on phone memory) and I noticed immediately that this phone was able to scroll and load pics faster than the Focus. With the Focus, if quickly scrolled thru the thumbnail view of the same album, the thumbnails were sometimes blank boxes until towards the end of the scroll. The S does not experience this.

    Sooooo... I'm in a different boat than other reviewers because I'm coming from a 2yr old Captivate so I can't directly compare the S to the Focus. I can see some people saying the S isn't much of an upgrade from the Focus but I also can't see someone walking into an AT&T store and choosing the Focus over the S.
    This is a great phone and for $100, I don't think you can go wrong.
    11-11-2011 12:17 PM
  2. timGSU's Avatar
    I picked up my S for $100 in-store last night and with only a couple hours with this phone, I'm sure this phone will get me thru the next two years!

    Design: Yea, we've seen this design before but i believe "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!!" You will be shocked at how light it is and I personally like my phone to be light and thin, which the S definitely pulls off well. I have occasionally hit the camera button on accident and expected the app to pop up on the screen, interrupting my web browsing or text but I have yet to bump it hard enough to activate the camera. Although, when I have needed to pull the camera up, the button feel is good. I think I prefer the Focus button but this would be a close second if not comparable. You won't realize how flimsy the back plate is until you actually take it off the phone which should need to be done so I see this as a non-issue and good for saving some weight. Everything feels like it is exactly where it should be and even tho the charging port does not have a door or cover, I'm glad it is on the bottom of the phone now (dock please!!!).

    Screen: The screen is amazing and I actually like the fact that the Low setting for the screen brightness is VERY low! I remember using the Focus while laying in bed with all the lights off and I wished the screen could get even dimmer, like my old Captivate. The low setting on the S is perfect and actually more dim than my Captivate. It's like Low is 5%, Medium is 60% and High is supernova (pretty solid when viewing in sunlight). I think the viewing angles are great and the colors are nice and rich.

    Camera: I haven't fully tested the camera but when you press the dedicated camera button, the app springs up very quickly, enabling you to snap shots (even from a locked state) very quickly.

    UI: The S runs Mango like a champ. Although not extremely extensive use, I have experienced no lag or delay with any application process or opening. I do have lag with the key presses and when locking & unlocking the device. Not the end of the world for me since I never have these sounds on but I can see this getting annoying for someone who likes those sounds. I never experienced this on the Focus. I was scrolling thru an album that has over 500 pictures in it (stored on phone memory) and I noticed immediately that this phone was able to scroll and load pics faster than the Focus. With the Focus, if quickly scrolled thru the thumbnail view of the same album, the thumbnails were sometimes blank boxes until towards the end of the scroll. The S does not experience this.

    Sooooo... I'm in a different boat than other reviewers because I'm coming from a 2yr old Captivate so I can't directly compare the S to the Focus. I can see some people saying the S isn't much of an upgrade from the Focus but I also can't see someone walking into an AT&T store and choosing the Focus over the S.
    This is a great phone and for $100, I don't think you can go wrong.
    How'd you get it for $100?
    11-11-2011 03:04 PM
  3. dragonfire6's Avatar
    There is a legitimate $100 online coupon (google "AT&T $100 discount") and I went into the store, pulled up the discount page on one of the store's iPads, went basically thru the ordering process and had the checkout screen showing the $100 discount and then asked a manager if they would honor the price. They had no problem doing it since it was AT&T's website.

    I was working with just a rep and she thought she was gonna need the manager to enter his code/number to approve the discount but it went thru without needing the manager to type in his #. I was happy... Well, except for the lack of cases or screen protectors :|
    11-11-2011 04:14 PM
  4. peestandingup's Avatar
    dragonfire6, were you a new customer (or adding a line)?? I went to my AT&T store & they wouldn't price match the $100 off (or even the other $75 one).
    11-11-2011 05:16 PM
  5. dragonfire6's Avatar
    I was upgrading my line. Did you do what I explained?? Feel free to PM me so we don't clutter up this thread...
    11-11-2011 09:58 PM
  6. foosball's Avatar
    I was happy... Well, except for the lack of cases or screen protectors :|
    Just find a screen protector for the Galaxy S II and you should be good to go.

    Sent from my HTC Arrive using Board Express
    11-11-2011 11:04 PM
  7. jfa1's Avatar
    I played with the focus S last evening at the ATT store. I did not notice any lag on the phone which was on. It is certainly thin but to me it fely good in my hand. The size of the S is about the same as my focus with a silcon case on it, exceptfor the thiness. On Saturday ATT during their Black Friday weekend says they will have all their Windows Phones on sale for a penny with 2 yr contract I was unable to make it to the ATT store thursday to ask if thats also on upgrades as well. I am hoping so> I'll report back after tomorrows visit.
    11-17-2011 11:15 PM
  8. yunchikan's Avatar
    I played with the focus S last evening at the ATT store. I did not notice any lag on the phone which was on. It is certainly thin but to me it fely good in my hand. The size of the S is about the same as my focus with a silcon case on it, exceptfor the thiness. On Saturday ATT during their Black Friday weekend says they will have all their Windows Phones on sale for a penny with 2 yr contract I was unable to make it to the ATT store thursday to ask if thats also on upgrades as well. I am hoping so> I'll report back after tomorrows visit.
    hopefully the sale will apply to upgrades! i need to upgrade. asap. :D

    i played with it in the store the first day it came out. i was surprised that even at a small town here they have all wp7 devices on display. the Focus S was placed right between of the Flash and HD7s. i got to say the screen is just so beautiful when placed next to the HD7s. i didn't notice any lagging too.. maybe i wasn't pressing around too much. The front camera quality was better than i thought too. and this phone does feel so good in hand. cannot wait to upgrade.
    11-18-2011 01:12 AM
  9. snowmutt's Avatar
    I am mystified by the reports of lag. I walked into the AT&T store sure I was going to pick up the Titan. After comparing the 2, it wasn't even that close. I thought the S was wayyyy smoother and lag free. I loved the S and the screen, the colors and the call quality. I love my S. The Titan is a great phone, but I really am a Focus S enthusiast.
    12-01-2011 08:49 PM
  10. joemd60's Avatar
    I have a friend who says the call volume is a bit low. Could anyone please give me some feedback on your thoughts? Thanks
    02-28-2012 05:17 PM
  11. infamousdaveman's Avatar
    Sleek....Slim...dare I say beautiful? Released in November of 2011, alongside its larger sibling The HTC Titan, The Samsung Focus S was unveiled to the world delivering the best of what Windows Phone Mango had to offer. Packed with a fast 1.4 GHZ processer, a 4.3 Super Amoled Plus screen, an 8 MP Rear Camera and 1.3 MP front facer for video chat, the Focus S is arguably THE best all around device to own and one I have the privilage to call my own. 7 months later....it still doesnt fail to impress me.

    In 7 months, this device has seen it all. A trip to Jamaica, theme parks, several drops onto tile, concrete and asphalt and constant use from a serious social networker such as myself. If anyone can honestly say they have put the Focus S through its paces, its me. And how has it faired? Aside from a nick here and there and some paint being scraped off the camera bezel, the Focus S still shines as she did on day 1. Add the fact that this phone has only been in a case for three weeks of its entire life, thats seriously saying something about its durability.

    Speaking of the Hardware, I still find myself admiring the Focus S to this day. From the subtle curves that seem to be designed perfectly for my grasp to the near impenetrable.
    4.3 gorilla glass screen, this phone screams high end, moreso than the Nokia 900 in my opinion, and with its proud Windows Phone label on the back panel, its seems that its very proud of that fact too. Adding to that, the thin, lightweight body easily slides into any pocket and many times, I cant even feel it's there at all. Overall, there is little to complain about here, Its a very well built and extremely elegant design.

    Software wise, Mango operates very smooth and very fast with that 1.4 GHZ processer. Transitions, app switching, opening and closing apps, everything operates buttery smooth and bug free. While there is a well known issue with sound lag on typing, I have never experienced this so I cannot comment one way or another. The only issue that I have had is a disappearing keyboard but luckily, It has been at most, a mild inconvienence and a fix is on the way so my user experience has been top notch and extremely reliable!! Total number of resets? One.

    Being one of the first official "4g" windows phones, At&T's network have been better than anticipated, (came from verizon) I have no issues with streaming netflix, smart dj on zune, youtube videos, and downloads off the marketplace are quick and painless. Connecting to Wifi, the Focus S truly shines delivering HQ streams and blazingly fast downloads with very little connection time. I have also been able to track my data and I can attest that when its connected to wifi, it stays connected. Call Quality has been excellent, though can be a little on the low side, volume wise. I have not experienced any drop calls and everyone sounds crisp and clear on both ends.

    So all in all, the Focus S delivers on all fronts and most importantly, it does it with style elegance and grace. I give the Samsung Focus S a 10 out of 10 and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a superior Windows Phone that stands out among the rest. It was exclusive to the US so owning one puts you in a very select group of individuals. A group I am VERY happy to be a part of.

    Pros:

    Lightweight, Durable
    Amazing Pictures
    Beautiful Screen
    Battery Life(with autobrightness enabled)
    FFC

    Cons:

    Obsession over keeping it clean
    Taking you away from friends/family because you cant put it down
    Rendering other devices useless because it does it all
    Can create a superiority complex
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