Today, amidst some other fantastic news, I was woken up to the sound of my doorbell ringing. The Samsung Focus had finally arrived.
Okay, so it's been a long time since the device has been released. But the way I look at it is this: NoDo has recently come out for it, so it's kind of a new device now. Let me walk you through my first impressions of the Focus.
Inside the box, there is your average assortment of accessories: earbuds, wall adapter, and a micro-USB to USB cable. There's also the battery, which is of the 1500 mAh variety. Of course, also included is the documentation that you'll never read.
The front of the device is very plain. It's got a three-button array of capacitive WP7 buttons toward the bottom and an earpiece at the top. In the middle is Samsung's incredible 4" Super AMOLED display, which touts a resolution of 480×800.
By playing with it for about an hour now, I can tell that the buttons and the screen are very responsive, and they always register no matter how lightly I tap. The screen is also very bright and beautiful, exactly what you'd expect from this display. My only complaint about the front, however, is the greenish glow that comes from the buttons; it is absolutely horrid, and it makes me feel like the device is dirty.
The back of the device is a little more disappointing. It looked nice when I took it out, but then I realized it was Samsung's now-ubiquitous glossy plastic. How did I realize that? All of my fingerprints. This makes the phone feel incredibly cheap, and kind of disgusting, really. All that finger oil stays on the plastic for a long time . . . and I can feel it.
Obviously, I will be posting a final review soon. Until then, all I can say about the Samsung Focus—despite some of my initial impressions of the hardware—is that I'm positive it will be a good experience.