Shh..Don’t Tell Anyone I Am Using a First Gen. Samsung Windows Phone..Here’s Why

This confession may shock more than a few of you but my daily driver in for Windows Phone is a first generation Samsung Focus I917.  I know, I know, why not a Lumia 800 or even a 900?

There are two things that this phone does that no current Nokia Windows Phone can do.

First  it takes up to a 32Gb micro sd card this means that my 8gb Windows Phone is current a 40Gb Windows Phone!  This means that my “old” 1st Gen Windows Phone has more memory on board than any other Windows Phone on the market!

Second being that battery is removable is it can be replaced (rather cheaply I may add, 18 bucks) with an extended battery.  I currently have a 3500 mah battery in my Focus and I am avg. 42 to 48 hours of constant use between charges out of it!

So now right now I have a Mango Windows Phone that has 40Gb of memory with a battery that lasts for almost two days that I have paid a total of $190 for. Don’t get me wrong once Nokia Windows Phone starts to accept Sd Cards (coming with Windows Phone 8?) and the non removable battery craze is over I will go back to a Nokia Windows Phone but for right now I will be behind a generation in phones and be happy.


Lenny Bonsignore
Lenny Bonsignore
Lenny Bonsignore @LennyBons34 is Owner/Editor- in -Chief of OneTechStop, Sports fan, Tech guy, & Mailman by Day [email protected]

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  1. Did you find an aggressive performance difference between Lumia 800 and this i917 ?

    I’m a die hard fan of Symbian (N75, N78, N79, E71, E52, E72, E6 and now 701) but i’m ready to try this new OS.

    I’m using a Motorola Atrix 2, with good results with Android, but Android is not so intuitive as iOS, or based in what i read from you, i could say now not so intuitive as WP7.

    I’m seeing in some local auctions websites some used i917 is afforable (35-40% cheaper than brand new Lumia 800), but i don’t want to waste my money.

    •  There is slight difference between the 800 and the i917 when loading games. But once things are running the i917 doesn’t lag at all. The i917 is good choice to see if WP is for you, it’s cheap to pick up and the 4″ screen is still killer.

      Be warned though the sd card MUST GO in BEFORE you start using or you will have to hard reset it. The sd card becomes part of the hard drive once installed therefore it can only be done at the start.  Also the stock battery is will not last you a whole day of use so you would want to upgrade if you decide to keep it.

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