Samsung Focus S makes CNET's BEST list

Resting amongst four Android phones and the iPhone 4S you will find the Samsung Focus S listed as one of the five best AT&T Smartphones. CNET gave the Windows Phone a 4/5 star ratings while the average user rating is half a star higher.

According to CNET, the bottom line on the Samsung Focus S is:

Bolstered by a brilliant display and strong hardware specs, the Samsung Focus S is arguably the best Windows Phone ever released.

While CNET recognizes the large screen (described as gorgeous), a good 8mp camera and HSPA+ speeds they feel the thin form factor lacks durability (can't say that we necessarily agree).  Regardless, it's nice to see another Windows Phone catching the spotlight.

source: CNET (opens in new tab) Thanks goes out to Jason for the tip!

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.

  • While this is nice publicity, and something to chalk up for WP on the score card, I could not care less what CNET thinks of anything these days. They are so warped up in their Droids and iWhatevers that there isn't much us Windows Phone users could get that could be deemed as useful information. To capitalize on this point, review how CNet's Holly Wood (that's right, I said "Holly") went with her Windows Phone challenge verdict.
  • I absolutely agree. Cnet is out of their minds and many of their reviews are so biased it makes no sense. If you want proof, just look at this review. Utterly ridiculous.
  • While I appreciate CNET listing the Focus S as one of the top 5 AT&T phones, I don't see how they could conclude that thin + light = lack of durability. That's like concluding that because a phone is thick, heavy and brick like, it is by definition durable. I would be greatly surprised if CNET, in the time since the Focus S' release, has been able to gather objective data to support a conclusion of lack of durability. I have a Focus S that I love to no ends, and absolutely love the weight and feel of the device. From a packaging perspective, there's nothing that I would want changed about the device. On the other hand, if Samsung had done a better job integrating the camera functions like panorama that HTC did...
  • A great example would be the iPhone 4S. It is made of glass and shatters if you drop it from any sort of height. Funny, how they never seem to mention that.
    That said, I am still waiting for somebody to come out with a killer, "must have" design for a WP7 phone. Most of the designs so far have been, in my opinion, a little lazy. Nokia has gotten close, but I feel like they can do better.
  • We'll see if this helps sales. At, the Focus S isn't doing so well, but the Focus Flash is showing an upwards trend. Here are the sales rankings for this week: AT&T (69 phones offered)
    26. Samsung Focus Flash (29. a week ago, 34. a month ago)
    29. Samsung Focus (28. a week ago, 26. a month ago)
    37. HTC Titan (48. a week ago, not available a month ago)
    55. Samsung Focus S (60. a week ago, 53. a month ago)
    57. HTC HD7S (62. a week ago, 56. a month ago)
    59. HTC Surround (57. a week ago, 50. a month ago)
    68. LG Quantum (68. a week ago, 59. a month ago) T-Mobile (32 phones offered)
    20. HTC Radar (25. a week ago, 24. a month ago)
    23. HTC HD7 (14. a week ago, 11. a month ago) Verizon (54 phones offered)
    41. HTC Trophy (40. a week ago, 36. a month ago) Sprint (50 phones offered)
    31. HTC Arrive (29. a week ago, 31. a month ago)
  • Why the h3ll do u keep quoting that ridiculous best buy chart on every single one of these articles? Get out of here with that shít.
  • I posted this in the forums hours ago...
  • Try the "Tip us on news!" link next time if you want credit. :)
  • Last time I went to best buy they denied knowledge of any such devices and insisted we were confused... they didn't get a sale, the carrier got it (barely)
  • I think whenever I encounter someone who's "derp" about WP7 I'll just whip out the Deadmau5 Nokia video.  My kids love that video and even my apple fanboy friends thought it was epic. :)
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