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. The latter will surely appeal to many people who are switching from a feature phone. LTE radio on the other hand, future proofs the device quite neatly.
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 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and dedicated hardware button, Front-facing unit for video calls, 720p video recording @30fps, 8GB of built-in storage, Standard 3.5mm...
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. And for $49 on Amazon, those who prefer a Windows Phone can walk away with the more stylish Nokia Lumia 900, which has a better Carl Zeiss camera and a larger AMOLED screen.
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 maker on AT&T without a 4G LTE capable device. Enter the Samsung Focus 2.
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 generation CPU used in many current Windows Phone 7.5 Mango smartphones. The Focus 2 fights the popular Nokia Lumia 900 with its low $49.99 price tag with contract.
Pros: Affordable, colorful display and LTE 4G.
Cons: Not much internal storage for a multimedia phone.
First impressions on Samsung Focus 2 – Samsung’s first 4G LTE Windows Phone
8 May 2012
Conclusion: AT&T is selling Samsung Focus 2 for $49.99 making it a cheap offer even if it were to hold you on a two-year contract. Its specs don’t quite match up to HTC Titan 2 or Nokia Lumia 900 but given its budget-friendly price and the ability to connect to the carrier’s LTE networks, it’s an option worth pondering upon. Focus 2 will be available beginning May 20 at AT&T stores and retail partners.
Conclusion: While the Samsung Focus 2 may appear to be just another mid-to-high level smartphone, it’s actually an impressive Windows Phone 7 handset that gives the pricier Nokia Lumia 900 a run for its money. Don’t take that to mean it’s as good as the 900 - the 8GB of non-upgradeable storage is disappointing, the design is dull and the camera is distinctly average here - but if you want the Windows 7 OS alongside a great screen and speedy performance, the Focus 2 delivers.