Switching from iPhone 4 to Samsung Focus Windows Phone 7

Last week I purchased a brand new Samsung Focus (SGH-i917) off Craigslist. The guy selling it had purchased it for his wife who decided, after playing with the one he bought for himself, she preferred her iPhone.

I have owned an iPhone for a little over 2 years beginning with the iPhone 3G, then the iPhone 3GS and upgrading to the iPhone 4 this past September. I like my iPhone as a portable Internet access and media device but I have never liked it as a phone. Further, I am opposed to the stranglehold Apple puts on its customers, partners and employees in handling support, services and the addition of new features.

cracked-iphone-4For example, Apple markets the toughness of the iPhone 4 glass. However, should the purported ’gorilla glass’ crack after dropping one foot, you will be charged $199 to have your phone replaced. I consider that price obscene, considering the iPhone 4 complete bill of materials is estimated at $187.51 by industry expert, iSuppli. An example of Apple’s new feature despotism is the change in behavior of the dedicated iPad switch—from orientation lock to mute—with the latest iOS 4.2.1 update. Everyone is unhappy with the change except our friendly captors in Cupertino.

My last reason, and it is certainly lowest in the stack, is I am a Microsoft employee and stockholder. I am not biased by my employment or investor status. Our house is an equal opportunity consumer of gadgetry. In addition to our iPhones, we have owned every generation of iPod. TB’s primary machine is a 27” iMac (running Windows 7) and I have an iPad and Mac Mini. On the other hand, Fanboi I am not. My primary machine is a tricked-out PC assembled by me. Our workhorse computers are a Windows Home Server and a Windows 7 Media Center, both built by me. I love ThinkPads and have carried a T40p, T43p, T60p, T61p and T500 (current) starting just before IBM sold the brand to Lenovo.

soapbox-preacherMy decision to start migrating to Windows Phone 7 is not a soapbox play. I still own an iPhone and other iDevices. I will continue owning iDevices as long as they fill gaps other devices do not at prices I am comfortable paying.

Having used my Samsung Focus exclusively this week during a Thanksgiving trip to Los Angeles, I believe the Windows Phone line is positioned to close the gaps that originally drove me from previous generations of Windows Mobile to iPhone. Sure, it is missing key apps and there are several fit-and-finish issues with the current software. Once those are addressed I see no real advantage to keeping an iPhone.

For example, the Samsung Focus has a 4” Super AMOLED, 480 x 800 display. In tandem with the Windows Phone variant of ClearType, the display produces crisp and vibrant images, text and colors. It is easier to read and more enjoyable to look at than the highly-touted iPhone 4 640 x 960, 3.5” Retina Display. Below is a comparison matrix for those interested in how the Samsung Focus stacks up against the iPhone 4. (reference)


This is not about side-by-side hardware comparisons or head-to-head app quantity/quality evaluations. The iPhone is still superior in ways that matter to most consumers. That said, I prefer the future and potential of Windows Phone over the trend of iPhone. Thusly, I begin my Windows Phone journey.

8 Replies to “Switching from iPhone 4 to Samsung Focus Windows Phone 7”

    1. The iPhone has such great talk time because it drops so many calls. 😆

      Seriously, it is significant and likely one of the reasons the Focus weighs less and allows battery swapping.

      I never plan to be on the phone 14 hours between charges but when I do make calls I prefer them not to drop.

  1. I have 3Gb of music on my iPhone that i listen to daily. I’d love to switch to the a Windows 7 device, but I’ve got an investment in the music. Is there a way to convert my purchased music from iTunes to the Windows 7 device?

    1. I assume the bulk of your iPhone purchases are restricted by FairPlay. If so, the recommended method of transferring your investment to other devices is to burn the tracks to a CD, then rip that CD to MP3 format. At that point, you can transfer your songs to any digital media player (Roku, Sonos, Xbox, DS, etc.) This is also the case for PlayReady restricted songs purchased from the Zune Marketplace.

      I readily admit it is not very practical to burn 3GB of music to CD then re-rip but that is the recommended/supported solution. It would take 5 CDs and a bunch of time fixing your metadata (artist, album, track number, cover art, etc.) but at least you’d be free to move your music wherever you want.

      Going forward, if you continue buying music through iTunes, I suggest paying the higher price for iTunes Plus tracks which are not encumbered and can be transferred to non-Apple devices much more easily.

      1. Windows has software available that takes your music from itunes and photos from iphoto and puts it on the windows 7 phone.

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