Windows Phone 7

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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Conversations with a Finnish Journalist

Conversations with a Finnish Journalist

With Nokia’s Lumia 900 launch well underway, I have gotten a lot of questions from the press about Nokia, Microsoft, Nokia’s marketing strategy, Microsoft’s marketing strategy, and its chances of success. The most interesting was a conversation I had with a Finnish journalist. Nokia is extremely important to Finns, accounting for a measurable chunk of the entire country’s GDP, and the perception of Nokia in Finland differs significantly from the rest of the world. I found myself discussing some basic issues about the company and the market that tech journalists from the US and UK just don’t ask. The following is an edited version of our conversation.

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Samsung announces Omnia M Windows Phone

Samsung announces Omnia M Windows Phone

All eyes may be on the Nokia Lumia 900 in the United States and Europe, but there are still other OEMs supporting Windows Phone. Samsung has today announced its latest Windows Phone handset, the Omnia M. It looks to be a refreshed version of the Omnia 7, with specs that you’re probably familiar with by now. Samsung is sticking to the safe rectangular design rather than the curves found on the Omnia W.

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AT&T Samsung Focus 2 brings LTE Windows Phone for $50

AT&T Samsung Focus 2 brings LTE Windows Phone for $50

AT&T has outed the new Samsung Focus 2, a $49.99 Windows Phone packing 4G LTE and a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with a front-facing VGA camera. The latest in Samsung's Windows Phone 7 devices, the Focus 2 has a 5-megapixel main camera with 720p HD video recording, and will go on sale in the US on May 20 for under fifty bucks with a new, two-year agreement.

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LG denies ditching Windows Phone

LG denies ditching Windows Phone

LG is denying reports that it will be ditching Windows Phone 7 and focusing on Android. Rumors spread yesterday after the Korea Herald quoted an LG spokesperson saying that the company has no plans to introduce a new Windows Phone and speculated that an upcoming visit to South Korea by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was to save the relationship.

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Nokia gets third ratings strike

Nokia gets third ratings strike

Nokia has received its third major credit rating downgrade of the month, with investor intelligence firm Standard & Poor's slashing the Finnish phone company's ranking and warning further drops could follow. The news, which comes on the heels of Moody's and Fitch each cautioning investors about Nokia's future stability, is the latest cloud above the firm, which reported a $1.7bn loss in Q1 2012. Meanwhile, Nokia also lost its fourteen-year grip on the mobile phone worldwide sales top-spot.

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Verizon Windows Phone encore teased

Verizon Windows Phone encore teased

Verizon has reignited talk of a Windows Phone push, with comments by chief financial officer Fran Shammo prompting suggestions that the carrier might take a second try at pushing the Microsoft platform. The Windows Phone namecheck came at the tail-end of the carrier's financial results call earlier today, with Shammo saying that Verizon believes a third ecosystem is particularly important in the smartphone business, beyond merely Android and iPhone.

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Windows Phone evangelist admits Apollo upgrade blunder

Windows Phone evangelist admits Apollo upgrade blunder

Backtrack time: the Microsoft Windows Phone evangelist who promised Apollo WP8 updates for all existing users has retracted his statements, claiming to have "confused app compatibility with phone updateability." Nuno Silva prompted headlines after telling a Portugese site that all existing Windows Phone handsets would be compatible with Microsoft's next-gen version of the platform, something he now says Microsoft is not commenting on.

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