Samsung SGH-i917 Focus

  • Samsung SGH-i917 Focus
78
Based on 18 scores, 32 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    5
  • Good:
    8
  • Average:
    3
  • Bad:
    2

Pros:

  • Excellent Display and form factor.
  • Great camera.
  • Solid performance.

Cons:

  • Not a 4G device.
  • Lacks multitasking capabilities and other features.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Gadling on -

Remember when buying a cell phone was easy? You simply walked into a store, found a device that was the right size and price to fit your needs, bought it, and walked out the door. You usually didn't have to buy another one until that phone died, and...

By Chip Chick on -

We dare say that the Samsung Focus feels like a very female-friendly phone with strong “girl” appeal, while the HTC HD7 just looks and feels more masculine to us. Unfortunately, the Samsung Focus lacks 4G and some premium features like a front-facing...

By BrightHub on 80

All said and done, the Samsung Focus is a good enough handset, especially for those entry-level players who like to flaunt their devices. With a slim look, elegant appeal and unique ways of handling functions, the phone wins the hearts....

By Pocketables on -

It's unfortunate that all this stuff must go wrong for Microsoft and its hardware partners. Like I've said before, twice: Windows Phone 7 has so much potential to be great, but the execution on many of the devices on which it runs has been...

By Here's How on -

As a phone, I found The Samsung Focus to be above average in call quality, thanks to dual-microphones. It also intuitively manages features. I was surprised to find that the device held a strong signal in some of the familiar dead spots in and around...

By GadgetReview on 100

The Samsung Focus. It’s a phone’s phone. That’s partly thanks to Windows Phone 7. The Microsoft operating system makes it a proper calling device first, apps secondary, and that’s refreshing compared to app-filled screens from...

By PhoneDog on -

The Samsung Focus is a great device. The build quality is great, but Samsung tends to use more plastic than necessary and it really takes away from the great engineering that's going on under the hood. It has one of the better cameras I've used...

By Brighthand on 90

The Samsung Focus is a winner in just about every category. Though it's a bit bigger than I personally would like (I prefer more pocketable phones over those with ginormous cinema-quality displays), I do like just about everything about it. The...

By Electronista on 80

Most of the criticisms you can level at the Focus are those inherent to the OS. As much as we feel WP7 is a sincerely fresh and welcome break from the norm in how a smartphone is supposed to work, any buyers will have to ask whether or not they're...

By G4tv.com on -

Video Review: The Samsung Focus smartphone with Windows Phone 7 employs a sleek design, a 4" super AMOLED touch screen, easy web browsing and Xbox Live access. Kevin Pereira and Tiffany Smith review the Samsung Focus, available for $50 with a...

By infoSync World on 83

The new batch of Windows Phone 7 phones have finally arrived and the Samsung Focus is one of the stars of the show. At the end of the day, Windows Phone 7 in its current state is a glorified .NET platform that isn't nearly as disruptive today as it...

By Phone Arena on -

Still in the early stages, there's nothing drastically different with the platform experience by all of the available Windows Phone 7 devices out on the market right now. Rightfully so, there's nothing to change the performance that we...

By MobileTechReview on 80

The Samsung Focus is our favorite Windows 7 Phone launch device. The Dell Venue Pro might offer some serious competition but it's not available as of this writing and is destined for T-Mobile rather than AT&T. The Focus has an absolutely wonderful...

By The Review Crew on -

The Samsung Focus is quite an impressive device. Not only is the screen incredible, the camera is one of the best we’ve seen on any cell phone. The new operating system is neat and tidy and performs well, proving there is certainly a lot of...

By CellPhoneQuick on -

The Samsung Focus with Windows Phone 7 is the first smartphone that make me want to replace my iPhone 4, I love the beautiful user interface (even with the few flaws that need to be fixed), the Facebook feed direct integration, the map application,...

By Macworld on -

Samsung’s Windows Phone 7 offering, the Focus ($200 with a two-year contract from AT&T), showcases the brand-new Microsoft mobile OS nicely with a gorgeous display, slim design and fast performance. Windows Phone 7 is still missing some key...

By Engadget on 70

The Focus is kind of the everyman of the Windows Phone 7 line. It doesn't really have any fancy features and isn't especially stylish... but it gets the job done. If you're in the market for a WP7 handset, here in America you don't have...

By Phone Arena on 85

It's rather difficult to say whether or not this is indeed a make or break opportunity for the Redmond based company – especially when they're sitting on huge amounts of money taken in from their PC venture. Placing that to the side,...

By Wired on 70

Windows Phone 7, Microsoft’s complete do-over of its mobile operating system, is off to a promising start with the Samsung Focus. Despite a few imperfections with usability and web browsing, the big M has polished a gem with this OS, and it truly...

By Phone Scoop on -

The Samsung Focus is a wonderful piece of hardware. The screen is superlative, among the best I’ve used on a mobile phone, and the build quality and design are excellent. The phone sounds great during calls, gets good cell reception and snaps fine...