5 Reasons to consider the Samsung Focus Flash

Samsung Focus Flash smart phone with Windows 7.5I was hesitant to trade in my iPhone for a few weeks to test out the Samsung Focus Flash with the all new Windows 7.5. But after giving it a social and photographic workout, and quizzing my Windows Phone-lovin’ friends, here are 5 reasons I’d suggest giving this little phone a good look.






Great for a social butterfly.
The Mango OS really makes
social networking a breeze. With things like Twitter, Linked-In and
Facebook built-in, staying connected is seriously only a click-away.
This is partly why this could be a great phone for a teen who’s ready to
enter the world of smartphones.


All your peeps in one place.
The
“People Hub” is one of my favorite aspects of these new Windows phones.
Instead of having to visit different places to check in on things like
work emails, Facebook feeds or Gmail, the People tile brings all the
updates into one central place, sorting them by your contacts, not by
the social medium itself.  It makes it super easy to keep up with your
sister’s check-in at yoga class and your husband’s email that he’ll be
home early to take the kids so you can go out with your girlfriends.

Photos at your fingertips.
Okay,
I admit it. For as much as I pride myself on being a DSLR-totin’
“mom-tographer,” 70% of the pictures I take on a daily basis are snapped
with my phone. And I love that the Samsung Focus Flash has an exterior
button dedicated just for the camera. Now, chances are you won’t miss
capturing that split-second moment when your children were actually
sitting peacefully in the same chair reading a book without pulling hair
and poking eyes out. 

She’s a lightweight.
Not
only does the Focus Flash feel good in your hands, it comes with a
lightweight price tag, too. For around $50 (seriously) you can get this
little phone that packs in a lot of the extras you want a phone to have,
without the bulky price tag. 

Mango is not an iOS wannabe.
My
everyday phone is an iPhone so when I took this phone for a test-drive,
I kind of wondered if these Windows 7.5 Mango phones were just iPhone
OS wannabes. That’s not the case at all. I definitely think they bring
their own set of great features to the table without seeming like
they’re just trying to keep up with other big name phones on the market.
With a great little set of apps, live tiles and a really
visually-pleasing interface design, this phone can stand on its own. 

Not everyone needs an iPhone or Droid, or an app for everything from the closest baby changing station
to how much to tip your hairdresser. So whether you’re the kind of
person who wants a great phone without the major price tag, or you’re
looking to upgrade your teen to a budget-friendly and
still totally cool smart phone, the Samsung Focus Flash is definitely one to consider. -Molly

Molly Balint is a tech and parenting writer at Babycenter, and a former Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Tech contributor.

84 Comments

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Kanani

    I’d love to win this for my daughter who has been dying for a new phone! She’s using a beat up 3GS and I know wouldn’t mind making the switch to windows!

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    tina m

    I need a new phone because my old one is the size of a shoe!

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Kristin M.

    My 13 yr old desperately wants a smartphone and, since he got straight As again this semester and is super responsible, I think he deserves one. However, it is not in the budget right now ; ) This phone looks perfect for a teen, though!

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Deirdre

    I would like to win this phone for my Mom who has been carrying around a flip phone with a cracked screen for almost 3 years.

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Lesli C

    Oooooo! I need a new phone! My iphone is so old the middle button is stuck constantly! I would love to try this one out! My cellphone IS my camera and having the photos at my fingertips woulod be awesome!!

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Diane

    I would love to win the Samsung Focus Flash!! My phone randomly turns off and the buttons don’t work half the time. A new phone would be awesome! (:

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    ky2here

    Anyone who has seen my sad cellphone knows why I need a new one. I’d love the Samsung Focus Flash because it’s way more extravagant than what I could afford unassisted.

    ky2here at msn dot com

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Adrienne gordon

    My current phone is a tin can with string, so the focus would be like giving me the first talkie.

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Margaret Smith

    I really need a new phone. Right now I have a not frills type of phone and I really want one that is a smart phone. This Samsung Focus Flash has everything that I’d love in a phone. Camera, email/internet access to name a few.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Idaho Jill

    My husband owns a business, but not a smartphone. He also uses a camera a lot – I would love for him to be able to have a smartphone with a good camera!

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Lisa Waters

    I really love this phone. Samsung phones are great quality…they just don’t break.

    My husband has the original Samsung Focus but I’m still using a Samsung Jack. He is sold on Windows Phone 7.5.

    The Jack was great in its day, but a Focus Flash? Priceless!

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    sophie

    my little girl chewed my last phone. i have a good old nokia now :-( coming up to Christmas i can’t afford a new one. this smart phone looks ace. the reviews on it are so good. its about time that i got in with technology!! x

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Amy H

    It is past time to upgrade my phone and I would love to be able to take good photos with my phone.

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Stacey

    My husband and I are recent converts to AT&T and love Microsoft technology. We are also fans of Samsung and trust it as a premier brand in electronics. With 3 kids age 4 and younger, including a newborn who arrived 11/11/11 (what a blessing she is!), it’s definitely slim budgeting nowadays. We’d love the opportunity to have such a fine phone at our fingertips to keep in touch with each other and those important to us.

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    ashley

    I would love to win this. I need a phone that is good for taking and uploading pictures of my 2 beautiful boys so family from out of state get the privilege of seeing them grow up.

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Angela Cisco

    I really need this phone because I am under contract with AT&T for another year and my iPhone screen got smashed. So I am paying a monthly bill for a phone that is barely usable. This phone would be perfect for my facebook/twiter addiction and I could transfer my account to it!

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Susan Smith

    I’d love this phone as I’m just using a flip phone now. I love how this phone takes photos

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Andi

    Looks like a cool phone with lots of convenient functions!

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Amanda Mclemore

    I would like to win this phone because i currently do not have a cell phone and this one has every feature that I want.

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Judy

    I’d love to upgrade!

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Erica C.

    I love Windows and I think this would be a phone I could easily get used to…my phone is so outdated…this would be a great upgrade.

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    ferriz

    my dad is in desperate need of a new phone. his is at least 5 years old and i swear there is duct tape involved.

    In the past year he has retired and is turning into a techy. slowly but it is happening. he wants one of these cool new phones so he can stay connected with the family and post pictures of his motorcycle rides and just have fun.

    Plus since he is pretty ancient i would love a reliable phone that will let me actually get in touch with him when needed. ;)

    ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Ann F

    My favorite feature of the Focus Flash Windows Smartphone is the 5 megapixel camera with flash and auto focus takes razor sharp photos and videos. My current phone takes lousy photos.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Jennifer C

    I’d love to upgrade my AT&T phone to this one!

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    barbara

    I need this phone because my current phone is a Palm Centro….need I say any more??

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Jill Myrick

    I would love to have this cell phone for me.
    My current phone has been through three teenagers and finally found it’s way back to me. But has definitely seen better days and is badly outdated.

    It would be really nice to have a new phone for the holidays.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Marilyn

    my current one is over heating and the focus looks like it would be an awesome replacement

    jdmimi at gmail dot com

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Daniel M

    haven’t had a phone in over 8 months since my last one died and looks like it has loads of great features!

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Brittney House

    I would love this phone because my phone has a broken screen and everything is black. I would love the focus flash because I love taking pictures.

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Beth Swanson

    I need a new phone because my husband hates his current phone and would like to replace it, and it should be the Samsung Focus Flash because it looks awesome! I’m always coveting my friend’s Windows phone.

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Debbie C

    I want a new phone because my current cell phone is pretty basic and has almost no features. I feel like it’s a little dinosaur. I want the Focus Flash because it’s a slick little piece of technology!

    chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    jodi leah goins

    i would love to win this.cause i been wanting to switch to at&t but the cost of a good phone holds me back.

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Shena Deokoro

    I need a new phone because my old phone was stolen and I like the Samsung Focus Flash because it is an up to date phone that looks easy to use and sleek.

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Shena Deokoro

    My phone was stolen and I think the Samsung Focus if a cool phone

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Deborah Wallin

    I would love a smart phone. I just have a freebie .
    wallindeb@yahoo.com

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    carissa

    This phone is so stylish and looks fun to use. Please Santa- bring me a shiny new phone for Christmas. :)

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Stephanie

    my phone is sooo old. and im about to have a baby soon so i dont have money to buy a new one :/

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Tonya Dean

    I would love to win because I don’t have a cell phone and need one desperately! Love that it has an exterior button dedicated just for the camera.

    tdlsfm(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Summer

    I really don’t NEED a new phone…. but my longtime Droid carrying hubby seems to think a smart phone might be just what I need. So, thinking that I might join the rest of the “connected” world, I’m researching phones that might be what I am looking for…. this is a new one for me to consider.

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Summer

    I am considering a smart phone, and still completely undecided on which ones may have the features that I would use. This is a new one for me to consider.

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Lyndsey R.

    I would LOVE to have this. My iphone just mysteriously stopped working about 2 weeks ago and I’ve been LOST without a phone.

    I would love to win because I am already contracted with AT&T so hooking it up would be easy.

    Thank you for the chance.

    lyndsey.rullman at hotmail dot com

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    McKim

    I haven’t had a new phone for several years now. Upgrades always go to the kids who are rough on phones. I like the camera on this one.

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Angela Winesburg

    I need a new phone because mine is almost 3 years old and has seen better days, I love how lightweight this phone is, thanks for the chance

    Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Chrystal D

    I’d love to win this for my mom…her phone is a hand-down from the Flintstones I think!

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Valerie Taylor Mabrey

    My phone has decided to bot ring anymore so would love to win. This makes a great durable phone Samsung is a product that says quality to me.

    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Melanie

    This phone is so cool. I want/need a new phone because mine is 6 years old! It has no extra features, no camera, goes in and out constantly…

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    hilary

    my old brick looks sad and ready to die. Having a Samsung Focus Flash would mean better connectivity for networking and promoting my Etsy shop, plus it would be fantastic fun to finally have a phone more advanced than that of my mobile-device geek hubby. Sweeeeeeeeeeeet! “I’ll let you play with my phone if you change this diaper”

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Tricia

    I need a smartphone because I keep getting lost! Then I have to call my husband and hope he’s at a computer so he can look it up for me… ergh. Since my sense of direction is not going to get better as I age, I need a Focus Flash!

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Amber

    Wow is this good timing or what! My phone died two days ago, and now I’m using one of my old ones until I can afford an upgrade. I would LOVE to win this, I like that it has Windows as well as a nice camera with flash. Thanks!

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    aliasr2

    I would love to win because I don’t presently have a smartphone and am dying to have one.

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Jess K

    I would love the Samsung Focus Flash because I have a prepaid piece of junk. It drops calls all the time, the camera is nonexistent! Please oh please pick me!

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Kiara

    I would like to win this phone for my Mom because she need a new phone.
    austma7@aol.com

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    diane

    My phone is so ready to retire. I would love to have the Samsung Focus and all its cool features!!

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    brittney

    i need a new phone because my current one isn’t “smart”
    brittneydejajason at gmail dot com

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Heather S

    I need a new phone as mine is not working correctly. I want this one because it is loaded with great feature like camera and gps.

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Gita Prasad

    I would love to win this phone because my current “wackberry” is not a long lasting phone. I haven’t had this phone for long for the amount of issues I have. The focus flash is awesome

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Amy DeLong

    I am without a phone and so need one!!!
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Jessica Anderson

    I really would like to win this because my daughter needs a phone and this one is so cool, with features like the “People Hub” I know she would love this phone.

    PaintedPony17@yahoo.com

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    krysta

    I am in desperate need of a new phone, plus this sounds like it has a lot of cool features!

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Ryan

    I would love to try windows phone Mango. I think its a very pretty operating system.

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Joanne Burch

    I’d like this because I lost my phone. I have no extra money. And I take photos constantly for my part time job writing for the Examiner.

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Terri Martin

    I’m using my Mother-in-laws old phone..lol..and the numbers are really hard to see.

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Nyan

    I would like this phone because mine is a brick.

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Amanda Sakovitz

    I am using the Samsung Sleek right now and it is in really bad shape. The screen is constantly changing to white and I can’t see any of my buttons. I had it fixed a couple of weeks ago and it just went back to doing the same thing. It is has come to the point where I dont even want to use the phone. I would love to win the Samsung Focus Flash bc it seems reliable and easy to use. Thank you for the giveaway!
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Tiffany Hoyt

    I need a phone because mine was made before I ever heard of a smart phone and was $25 then. I like this one because it has a touch screen and every single thing better than mine. :)

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Katie White

    I really need a new phone because i’ve been using the same one for the past 5 years. I haven’t had the money for an upgrade

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    John Stetson

    My kids are always picking on my old phone that has no features. I’d love to be able to take pictures that look as good as those from this phone.

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Melissa P

    If I’m honest, I don’t really NEED this phone. However, I want it because it sounds like a fun little phone.

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Barbara Hunt

    Thanks for the great contest!
    bahjeep@aol.com

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Douglas Houston

    I would love to have a smartphone I am still using a flip phone and this one is featured packed

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Peter Gladue

    I’ve been out of work for a while now, and I can afford anything new

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    kellie t

    i need a new phone because mine isnt working!!!

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Julie Moe

    I need one for my husband because he never gets my texts or calls until hours later! I’d like this because then he could easily communicate with me via social networking.

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    carol lewis

    I have no phone since my hubby carries it with him, so I would love to have one! On top of that, I could take pictures and have all kinds of fun with this!
    spcale at yahoo dot com.

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Carolina

    I’d love a Windows phone! It sounds awesome!

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Diane R.

    I have only an old dinosaur of cell phone–no smartphone here. So I would love to upgrade and this one in particular sounds great.

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Miyong

    What a great holiday it would be to get this awesome phone!! My son is going to be 11 soon and was begging for a phone. We (hubby n i) both are working so getting him a phone is definite. I’ve always a fan of Samsung!!
    Fingers crossed!! :)

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Liza Kramer

    I want something trendy for a change, so the focus flash would be great. Plus, my cell is 6 yrs old.

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Micaela P.

    I need a new phone because I don’t have a cellphone! Also, I’m a huge Samsung fan, and my nerdy/geeky friends tell me the Windows phones are the best option out right now.

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Wendy McBride

    I would like to have a Samsung Focus Flash because my current phone only has calling and texting.

    wendym at cableone dot net

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    Michelle H.

    I need and want this because I like the features and feel I would benefit from them.

  • Reply December 16, 2011

    shirley pebbles

    I have had my phone forever and need a new one and I have heard great reviews on this phone.

  • Reply December 17, 2011

    Gianna

    I’d love to win because I don’t have a cell phone.
    The Samsung Flash looks amazing!

  • Reply December 17, 2011

    Estelle S

    I have a teen daughter that needs a new phone because hers broke and I think she’d love this because of all the cool features.

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