The Samsung Focus is a great phone as far as its calling capacity is concerned. Apart from the clear, crisp and loud call reception, the mobile phone offers the invincible support and reception of AT&T’s 3G network. The speakerphone works decently, but there is a little distraction in the case of a remote caller.
For an entry-level user, switching over to the start screen helps sometimes, but for those who smoothly operate smartphones, it'll be quite annoying. The phone also disappoints the social-networking freaks as it does not send any alert for new updates. The phone supports Facebook and Windows Live, but not Twitter, and the Slacker Radio stops working if a new notification is opened.
Wi-Fi status, battery status and 3G connectivity are displayed only when the time-displaying status bar is tapped on. Though 1400Kbps for downloading data isn’t enough to compete with the other models in the market, the mobile phone registers faster Wi-Fi.
In terms of messaging, the Focus is pretty decent and the best part of it is the email app that keeps users notified about any new message in the inbox. However, a quick view on all the folders would have been much better here. The virtual keyboard is quite accurate in performance. Had there been support for Skype or any such third-party application, it would have been great.
The Samsung Focus allows access for quite a good number of Microsoft Marketplace apps and the Xbox Live integration is great for gamers but the numbers are not as good as in Android-enabled phones or the iPhone. So far as the camera is concerned, it is not as good as the one in the Nokia N8, but is considerable with accurate focus, flash and recording of 720p videos. The Samsung Focus offers a talktime of 3 hours and standby time of 10 days.
Thus, performance-wise, the phone deserves 3.5 out of 5.