Samsung Focus Flash Review: Flashing Around: Camera, Connectivity, Web Browser

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The 5MP capturing camera does a decent job

The Samsung Focus Flash has a 5MP autofocus capturing camera with Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash. Still images have a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels, while videos go up to 720p.

The capturing camera UI is pretty simple – you have your viewfinder and some controls on the right. From top to bottom they are the still/video capturing camera toggle, virtual zoom buttons and an extended settings menu.




The capturing camera interface

We rarely acquire surprised by capturing camera UI but Microsoft has managed to pull out another nice UI stunt here as well. A side slide to the correct opens the last picture shot and a slide to the correct brings back the camera's live view instantly.

Interestingly, the capturing camera key will wake the phone with a single press – that is unlock it and start the camera. But that feature cleverly doesn’t trigger if there’s something in front of the proximity sensor – like the insides of your pocket or purse.

Despite its single-core CPU, we found the capturing camera of the Samsung Focus Flash to be one of the fastest we have encountered. There is practically no lag in between taking pictures. Focusing is also very speedy.

Unfortunately, the capturing camera image quality is nothing spectacular. Colors and contrast are nice but the limited dynamic range and the lack of fine detail even at the lowest ISO setting are disappointing.

We have prepared several sample photos for you. See them below.









Samsung Focus Flash capturing camera samples

A 720p video shooter

The video capturing camera interface is identical to the still capturing camera one and has plenty of features too. You can calibrate contrast, saturation and sharpness, change the white balance or exposure compensation and also add image effects. You can utilize the Light Emitting Diode (LED) as a video light too.

You can record in two resolutions – Video Graphics Array (VGA) or 720p. The capturing camera defaults to VGA, which is frustrating – if you foracquire to set it to 720p, the videos you thought were shot in HD will be at the much less impressive Video Graphics Array (VGA) resolution. As of WP Mango though, you have the option of saving your favorite settings as defaults.




The video capturing camera interface

The video quality is not far from what the still capturing camera offers - which is not much. The videos are smooth but they lack fine detail.

Here is a 720p video sample of the Samsung Focus Flash.

Here goes an untouched sample 720p@30fps video clip so you can check it out without the YouTube recompression.

Connectivity has everything except Mass Storage mode

The connectivity on the Samsung Focus Flash covers all the bases – world-trotting quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and quick tri-band 3G with 14.4Mbps HSDPA and 5.76Mbps HSUPA.

The local connectivity is covered by Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) b/g/n with DLNA support and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. Bluetooth is currently limited as to what it can do – there’s no file transfer support.

Syncing with a computer is done with the Zune app. It supports syncing over Universal Serial Bus (USB) and Wi-Fi. It’s the only way to transfer files directly between your computer and your device – Windows Phone 7.5 doesn’t support Mass storage mode.

And if you have a Mac, don’t worry – the WP7 Connector for Mac will cater for Mac computer users with a Windows Phone 7 mobile.

Another syncing option is the cloud. SkyDrive is a free Microsoft service that gives you 25GB cloud storage. You can even have your photos automatically uploaded as soon as you snap them.

Internet Explorer will leave you satisfied

The Internet Explorer on Widows Phone was updated in the latest version of Windows Phone and it improves the user interface.

The URL bar is always visible (but the status bar at the top of the classy screen is auto-hides, so you don't actually lose any classy screen real estate) and next to it is the refresh button. You can, of course, bring up the extended settings, which offer a remarkable deal of options.





GSMArena.com on Internet Explorer

The URL bar also serves as a search bar, which is a handy shortslit for looking things up if you're not sure which site exactly will do the job.

The browser makes the controls in web pages see just like their equivalents in native apps. So, a web app can see just like a native app with practically no extra effort from the designer.

The six tab ceiling hasn’t been lifted - it's not too bad, but competing OSes don't have such limitations. We were also hoping to see text reflow, but no luck on that either.





More options • 6 tabs max • Settings

The browser relies on hardware graphics acceleration to provide smoother experience. Animation and the JavaScript engine have been retooled as well, compared to older versions.

Microsoft has so much confidence in its latest mobile browser that they've set up a page specifically for testing the performance of your phone - both JavaScript and graphics. You can find the page here.




Internet Explorer does a Test Drive

Don't be afraid to pit the phone against even a desktop browser - the tests are pretty demanding and if you're not running a recent version of the major desktop browsers, your computer will surely break a sweat.


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