Review: Getting to Know the Rogers Samsung Focus with Windows Phone 7


  • Filip Mares

    Great review! Can’t wait till we see these in stores in Canada. Any issues with the battery?


    • Mike Temporale

      Battery life was great – I got 2 full days and that was syncing a couple exchange accounts, Windows Live, and Facebook, along with general usage. 🙂

  • Cristian M.

    I would love to see Rogers offering it the same date the Companies in the US do.

    ..also you got a typo: “that 8GB is expandable to 40MB by adding a 32GB” 🙂

    • Mike Temporale

      Opps! Ya, adding a 32GB card won’t reduce you down to 40MB. Thanks for catching that!

  • Steve

    40MB? Mean 40GB?

  • Andy C

    i thought the Focus only had 256 RAM as per the many other reviews of this phone?

    • zorxd

      No this one really have 512 MB. It’s like a Galaxy S with 8GB instead of 16, a slower GPU and no front camera, but with a flash.

  • MikeP

    So there are demo units in Rogers for trying our the Windows Phone 7 UI?

    Can people post where they have seen them? I’d like to give it a try.

    • Mike Temporale

      Not yet – although Samsung tells me that they are sending live units to Rogers stores so you will be able to check out a real device and not a dummy phone.

  • skinnypig

    What kind of Rogers apps are on the phone?

    It doesn’t look like the phone has “Rogers” etched along the top like how they have “AT&T” in the US, which is a good thing. Do they have Rogers etched on the back tho?

    • Mike Temporale

      There are no Rogers apps on the phone – only Samsung. And you are correct, there is no Rogers branding on the unit I had. I can’t say for sure if it will remain that way. The OS and hard was “final”, or at least that what I was told.

  • Bob

    From my understanding it’s going to be released across all of North America on the same day. What about the Cloud storage that Microsoft is trying to push out? Are the applications you down load stored on the 512ram or the 8gig internal storage?

    • TheCyberKnight

      The applications go to the storage. The working RAM is not accessible from a user standpoint and is used by the OS and applications for execution purposes.

      Therefore, when you upgrade using the microSD card, you’re expanding your file storage.

  • Geoff

    After hearing that some of te euro devices weren’t locked, I’m curious to know if I can through in my fido sim and go right away or we gonna have to find someone to unlock these win7 phones for us.

    • Mike Temporale

      The device came with a SIM and was ready to go, so I didn’t even try to put my Fido SIM into the device. Sorry I can’t better answer that.

    • ac

      I second your sentiment. I’m in a pretty confortable deal with fido, and I don’t want to have to switch to fido. Mike, is that something you can demo and let us know?

    • Geoff

      So can you please try a fido sim in the phone and see what the results are, I’m praying that these are unlocked for fido as damn I’m getting sick of dropping calls on my iphone.

  • Sined

    GREAT Review, I’d love to see more content like this on MobileSyrup. Especially Android content!

  • CB

    Never again will i ever trust a Mobile Microsft OS.

  • Don

    I have owned several samsung phones over the years. All made of plastic. Cheap quality. As for mircosoft software on a phone, run, run as far away as you can. That is, unless you love rebooting regularly and the good ole blue screen of death!

  • Rob

    Thank you so much for this. Really tough to find Canadian info on this bad boy and I’ve been waiting ages for it.

  • King

    Makes me want to go to Rogers, as the WP7 phones going to Telus look like lame sauce, just in the hardware department I love the OS.

  • rogerB

    Can’t wait to ditch my iPhone in favor of Windows Phone 7. I’d wish Rogers would carry the Samsung Omnia. But I’ll settle for the Focus, for now 🙂

  • foreverof

    Is it possible to check if you don’t have data plan, will your GPS still work by getting signal from satellite? Thanks =)

  • Jette

    As mobile app developers at Mutual Mobile, we actually like Windows Phone 7 more than Android because it’s more rigid. QA testing for Android is difficult because there are no minimum hardware specs and all these nuances. If we get a bug in one, it’s difficult to test, because you have be device specific. Whereas Microsoft makes that fragmentation more contained, it you’ve developed in once, it may run slower, but any bug won’t be device specific. Also, Windows 7’s ability to go on multiple smartphones will be a huge advantage.

    – Jette

  • Lufkin

    Anyone know how the call quality is on this phone. I live in Winnipeg my iPhone 3g was terrible, went to a blackberry torch 9800 which is excellent regarding call quality and reception, compared to the iPhone that i had. iPhone 2 or 3 dropped calls a day, Blackberry 0 in the month that I had it.


  • Andrew

    i cant wait for this phone to come out 🙂 i wanna get rid of my blackberry

  • lufkin

    Hey dont get me wrong, I too want to get this phone. But for me the phone part as to work first,I still like talking on them.

  • Rockout

    I phoned a rogers wireless store today and asked about this phone. The price is $199.99 on a 3-year, but they sais they didn’t know when it was being released. Any one else have a more concrete release date?

  • jay

    Today at a Rogers shop : “will you sell the Samsung focus ?” “never heard of it…”

    Wonderful… I like when salesman stay up to date 😉

  • bigleaguechew

    I like that Bejeweled was edited lol

  • Stevearino

    ///and Zune Pass? Is it available in Conservanda?

  • mlexxus

    There is one feature that kills it for me, the fact that once you insert a MicroSD card into the phone, it will be your last, as soon as you remove it and say you insert a another one (reasons such as upgrading to bigger memory) you will reset your handset. This was done for security reasons but i find it overkill for the regular joe. Also, no usb file transfering with Windows Phone 7.

    • Sam

      fyi WP7 wasn’t meant to have exchangeable memory, because MS knew that the performance of memory cards is not consistent (that’s a fact!) therefore the whole OS might suffer from that!

      That’s the reason why they made sure to hide the memory slots on all phones -Samsung is the exception-

      Think of it this way, it’s like a bonus that you’re able to upgrade to 40GB, but you have to do it once you buy the phone, and make sure that the card is certified. (I’m sure will be available soon).

      As for USB tranfers, there’s a very simple hack in the Windoes registry that un-hides the phone so you can transfer files to it like a hard-drive.

  • Mike M

    I would like to know why Rogers has the Focus listed for $599 when AT&T has it for 449. The exchange rate is non issue so the only thing it leads me to believe is Price gouging. Why are Canadians paying $150 premium. Do you have any insight on this?

    • Some guy named Dave

      It’s pure price gouging.

  • Sam

    Rogers are killing me with their tardiness! they’re the last carrier in Canada to get WP7. -that is if they get it!- WTH.

  • Brandon Santana

    I’m in! Totally fed up with the arrogance of Apple. My iphone 3 sucked from day 1. Can’t say I love MS but anything would be better than Apple.

  • footie

    am i the only one bothered by the length of this phone?
    and the way the words go off the screen? it makes me feel like the phone isn’t big enough to read the page like the old school phones i hated!

  • Focus Chix

    I read a post saying Windows 7 upgrade Jan 2011 to download custom ringtones…any word on that? I can’t hear my phone with the available default ringtones 🙁

  • KC

    I have a memory card from my BlackBerry I used it for pictures
    Im trying to get it to work in my focus phone, anyone know if it will work or how to get it working? Its a standard micro sd 1gb card.

  • bal

    I have a samsung focus and my mms is not working can you please tell me why and how can i fix it