Excerpt: Nokia has committed wholly to the Windows Phone platform with its flagship Lumia line, but it isn’t the only manufacturer investing in Microsoft’s mobile OS. Samsung’s new Focus 2 is the company’s fourth Windows Phone device, and it’s a smartphone worth your attention.
Pros: Very affordable. Slick and compact design. Good call quality. Camera is not bad for a phone.
Cons: Display doesn’t get bright enough. Only 8GB of storage without the option to expand. Comes only in white.
Conclusion: Entry into the smartphone world can hardly get any easier than what you'll experience with the Samsung Focus 2. The smartphone offers a nicely looking, no frills, pocket friendly, and well built hardware package, bundled with a software platform which is well known for its elegant simplicity.
Pros: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, Tri-band 3G with HSDPA 21 Mbps and HSUPA 5.76Mbps, Cat 3 LTE connectivity, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS, 1.4GHzQualcomm MSM8255Snapdragon CPU, Adreno 205 GPU, 512MB of RAM, 4" 16M-color Super AMOLED display with WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels); Gorilla Glass, 5 m...
Cons: Non-expandable storage, No mass storage mode; Zune-only file management and sync, No Bluetooth file transfers, No Flash (nor Silverlight) support in the browser, No DivX/XviD video support (automatic transcoding provided by Zune software)
Summary: For $49, the Samsung Focus 2 is a pretty good deal, offering a slick interface, solid performance and 4G LTE speeds. Android fans, however, should stick with the $29 Pantech Burst , which also has 4G LTE and offers access to lots more apps.
Excerpt: Windows Phone may not have much market share, but you can’t blame Samsung for its woes. It has released more WP7 handsets than almost anyone. Unfortunately since the release of the HTC Titan 2 and Nokia Lumia 900 in the last couple months, the Korean maker has been left as the only Windows Phone...
Pros: Vivid AMOLED screen, Windows Phone 7.5 UI is easy to use, Affordable $50 price, High-speed 4G LTE on AT&T, Comfortable size and feel
Cons: Low-resolution screen, No microSD, Single-core processor, No real standout qualities
Excerpt: The Focus 2 is Samsung's first LTE Windows Phone, and it's more portable and affordable than the Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II LTE Windows Phones on ATT. The Focus 2 has a 4" Super AMOLED display running at the usual 800 x 480 resolution, and it's powered by the same 1.4GHz Snapdragon second...
Pros: Affordable, colorful display and LTE 4G.
Cons: Not much internal storage for a multimedia phone.
Excerpt: Windows Phone is making headway in the US mobile market, and they're working hard to appeal to several different price tiers. The Samsung Focus 2 is coming to AT&T on May 20th for $49.99 on contract, and despite the low price tag, it offers some great features.
Excerpt: As cool as devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note and HTC One X are, not everyone needs a high-end superphone. For those people, the Samsung Focus 2 is an awesome option. Coming to AT&T for $49.99, Focus 2 offers a 1.4 GHz single-core CPU, 4-inch Super AMOLED display with 480x800 pixels, 5-megapixel...