Samsung Focus Flash - 1st Impressions [Video]

AT&T, as expected, released the Samsung Focus Flash and Focus S today. We've already shared our first impressions on the Focus S and now we turn our sites on the Focus Flash.

The Focus Flash is a compact Windows Phone sporting a 3.7" Super AMOLED screen. The phone comes across as well built and comfortable in the hand. The Flash weighs in at 4.1 ounces which is strangely .2 ounces heavier than the larger Focus S.  It's virtually identical to the Omnia 7 and comparable in feel to the HTC Surround (but thinner and lighter) and the HTC Radar (tad shorter).  The phone is 4G compatible which will be a nice thing once 4G service becomes more widely available.

Having only tinkered with the Flash for a short time it makes a nice impression. Here are my initial reservations. First the size may not appeal to everyone. If you like compact phones, you'll love the Flash. Next, the Flash is fitted with 8GB of storage and doesn't have an expansion slot. After all is said and done with preloaded software, you are left with just over 6GB of storage left. Some may see this as too restrictive.

Even though there are some reservations with the Focus Flash, the Windows Phone makes a nice first impression. The screen looks fantastic, the 1.4GHz processor moves things along nicely, and I like the physical Start button.

The Focus Flash is running about $399 out of contract from AT&T and we've seen contractual discounts dropping the price as low as $.01 (here at AmazonWireless (opens in new tab)).  Could we tag the Flash as a Windows Phone for the budget minded?

I'll echo Dan's earlier thoughts in that it's nearly impossible to say which is the best Windows Phone out there. HTC, Nokia, and Samsung have all stepped it up by producing quality second generation phones. Again, this means you don't have to worry about the quality of the phones but instead, concentrate on finding the Windows Phone that fits your personal needs/tastes best.

Look for a full review of the AT&T Samsung Focus Flash in a few days.

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • You mentioned the flash has an 8MP camera, when in fact, it's actually 5MP.
  • Yep, you're right. Got things jumbled up between the Focus S and Flash.
  • It happens to the best of us George.
  • I like this one a lot, the screen size is perfect for me. The only problem I have with is is the 8gb of storage... u_uI like having my music in my phone and those 6gb don't seem enough...
  • Amazon Wireless no contract price is only $339!! Seems like a good deal.
  • I don't want to sound too much like a jerk, but it seems like this was the first time you've even heard of this phone. I mean, come on. There are only so many windows phones out there. In comparison to the original focus, you said it was the super amoled kicking in? They both have super amoled! When comparing phone sizes, you basically just guessed its size. Know the 10 phones that you cover!! Use the actual sizes of the phones when referencing them. I appreciate that it "feels nice in the hand," but there should be more substance to it, even on first impressions.oh and for the record.
  • You're so right ! The accent made it even worse - but I can image that's very hard to fight.I think what he meant was, that was the "super amoled plus" that was kicking in, because indeed the orginal focus has a "super amoled" screen, if I'm not mistaken the Flash has "super amoled plus".What would interest me, is how the battery cover works, the Focus Flash looks very much like the Omnia 7 which is sold here in Europe. If there is 1 thing I have to name that really sucks about the Omnia 7 then is it the battery cover. The little "clips" that holds it in place is so sensitive that whenever you put your phone to hard down, your battery drops out. Fail !
  • The Flash only has a regular super amoled. The focus S is the one with the amoled plus.
  • Ease up on the guy, he doesn't come to your job and make you look like a dip ****
  • Seriously? It is not like I said anything about him. He was fine, but lack of information and misinformation should not be just ignored....or I guess you think so.Doesn't come to my job? Really? My job isn't meant to be in the public eye or draw more customers to my company. Reading and watching videos about WP7 is why people come here. He is one of the content providers and probably wants to always improve at his job. If everyone is silent, then he wouldn't know what to add and nothing will improve. I said what was wrong, gave a suggestion on how to improve, and even provided a link for him to learn about something he wasn't aware of (even if it doesn't matter to most of the world).If the admins want me to go somewhere else instead of asking for more, I'd be happy to. This is one of the better wp sites out there, but there is always room for improvement.
  • I don't want to be an **** but hey, let me go ahead and be an **** ? ? ?
  • I like the way you say comparable. That's how I say it too. My wife doesn't agree and sounds it out. I guess it's my Alabama education kicking in lol.
  • a bit off topic but finally glad to see some tv commercials for the windows phone, t mobile had several commercials during the chiefs dolphins game yesterday for the htc radar as well as being one of the four sponsors for the game and then several more times during the night game on nbc, hopefully we'll start to see more tv commercials for the other phones from the other carriers, i about fell out when i first say the commercial, i believe this is the first time I've seen a commercial for the windows phone in over a year
  • This phone looks like a good phone, but man that 8GB of storage is a turn off, but hey, so is my girlfriends mustache but I'm still hittin' that.
  • Can you tell us what languages this device supports?