The Samsung Focus may be running into some issues with microSD cards as AT&T employees are allegedly being told not to install the external memory for customers in store. Now, when the chassis criteria for Windows Phone 7 devices was first announced, microSD cards and external storage slots were not in the cards. We were all surprised to see that the Samsung Focus supported this, and now it looks like it might have been a mistake.
Microsoft has yet to officially respond to the issue, but it seems that the Focus is having reliability issues with reading the memory cards. It looks like Samsung’s workaround in getting Windows Phone 7 to read the microSD card as part of the internal memory has backfired.
We reported on this before, and Microsoft said the following:
Windows Phone uses a special high–performance SD card that works differently than SD cards in other devices. When your phone is built and first set up, its internal storage and SD card are combined and recognized as one storage system.
You should not remove the SD card in your phone or replace it with a new one because your Windows Phone won’t work properly. Existing data on the phone may be lost, and that SD card can’t be used in other devices or Windows Phones.
Perhaps adding memory cards with different read/write speeds are confusing the system? At any rate, Microsoft is apparently working on some kind of fix for this issue so that those of us who love to hoard media can pile on the memory.
In the meantime, if you were considering this phone for purchase, be sure to check out our full, in-depth hands-on review of the Windows Phone 7 device here. The Samsung Focus features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and the latest and greatest OS from Microsoft.
[Via: Windows Phone Secrets]