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Samsung Focus 2 Review

Samsung Focus 2 Review

AT&T has no shortage of value-priced phones, and just lately, a pretty good selection of 4G LTE devices as well. But the two haven't crossed over much yet, and the ranks of Windows Phone 7 devices are a little slim as well. Happily, all three of these categories can add the Samsung Focus 2, which goes on sale starting today for $49.99 with a two-year contract. Is it worth your hard-earned greenbacks? Let's find out.

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Samsung Focus 2 hands-on and unboxing

Samsung Focus 2 hands-on and unboxing

Both AT&T's LTE network and Windows Phone 7 as a whole are coming into their own, and it's about time that they had a budget option. Luckily, the Samsung Focus 2 handily fits into both these categories. With modest but appreciated improvements and a rock-bottom $50 price tag, it's sure to find a few WP7 convents when it launches later this month. Should you be among them? We'll have a review up in a few days, but for now you cn check out our hands-on photos and video.

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Windows Phone hack could create Android dual-boot

Windows Phone hack could create Android dual-boot

Enterprising modders are seemingly one step closer to getting Windows Phone 7 devices to dual-boot with Android and other platforms, with Samsung's Focus being coaxed into running an unofficial bootloader. The handiwork of DFT (Dark Forces Team)'s Cotulla, the hack currently allows the MAGLDR bootloader to run after the Focus' original bootloader, with the eventual goal being a selection of official and unofficial ROMs to choose from.

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Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Review [Video]

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Review [Video]

It's time for the second coming of Windows Phone 7, a mobile OS that by all means deserves a fair shot at the global market share, but hasn't quite risen to the ranks of iPhone or Android glory - at least not yet. What we're going to do in this post is give the first really big refresh of Microsoft's current mobile OS, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, a good rundown and review. Because the vast majority of our readers are not yet Windows Phone users, I'll be padding the review with some features that've already been in place for some time - but the focus will, indeed, be on the new list of upgrades as presented in this newest, tastiest flavoring of Windows Phone.

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Windows Phone 7.1 Mango Technical Preview

Windows Phone 7.1 Mango Technical Preview

It's been eight long months since we reviewed our first Windows Phone 7 handset. Microsoft's rebooted platform launched with a bang at the tail end of 2010, promising not only a new start from the Windows Mobile days of old, but a fresh interpretation of what a smartphone should be like. A tentative hit with reviewers but less so among consumers, however, Windows Phone's impetus fizzled out as new devices failed to appear. Now, Windows Phone 7.1 "Mango" is coming to fill in some of the gaps, tidy up some of the loose ends and - Microsoft hopes - make the platform a more realistic competitor to iOS and Android. Check out the SlashGear review after the cut.

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AT&T Admits To FCC Its Network Unprepared For iPhone And iPad

AT&T Admits To FCC Its Network Unprepared For iPhone And iPad

AT&T officially filed with the FCC yesterday seeking approval for their acquisition of T-Mobile. Among the many reasons they gave, one that stood out was an admission that the current state of their network cannot handle the onslaught of iPhones, iPads, and other new smartphones and tablets. Thus, the T-Mobile acquisition is necessary to ensure an improved and stable network for customers. This may explain the controversy starting in February when new devices on the network seemed to have HSUPA intentionally disabled.

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AT&T Offers A Sweet Perfect Pair Deal For Valentines

AT&T Offers A Sweet Perfect Pair Deal For Valentines

If you're trying not to go the traditional route of flowers and candy this Valentine’s day, then you may be glad to know that AT&T is offering another way to show you care. For the techies out there, ditch the bouquet for a lovely pair of AT&T devices at a discount. The carrier just announced the deal today to begin on Sunday.

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Samsung Focus Owners told by AT&T to wait for “certified” microSD cards (key: random access speed) Instead of Using Cards Available Now

Samsung Focus Owners told by AT&T to wait for “certified” microSD cards (key: random access speed) Instead of Using Cards Available Now

A statement has been put out by AT&T lets all customers know that Windows Phone 7 devices require a "certified high-speed microSD card" in order to work optimally. Specifically the Samsung Focus right now is expandable with microSD cards is warned about in the AT&T statement, them then noting the fact that "Certified for Windows Phone 7" is not yet marked on any microSD cards on the market. Updates came into Engadget after this new initially broke letting us know that microSD card compatibility with Windows Phone 7 devices isn't just based on speed class - other factors including the number of random read/write operations play a role, too.

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Samsung Focus and Omnia 7 Support USB Tethering

Samsung Focus and Omnia 7 Support USB Tethering

Here's an interesting development, part of a story that many would have believed closed. If you've been keeping up with Windows Phone 7, and how Microsoft admitted that tethering won't be supported by the mobile platform right off the bat, then the above title should seem pretty confusing. Or exciting. If you managed to get your hands on a Samsung Focus (for AT&T, here in the States), or the Omnia 7 (internationally), and you've been aching to use your device as a 3G modem, you can actually do it.

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