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Samsung Focus 2 hands-on

Samsung Focus 2 hands-on
Just when we all thought that the Windows Phone hysteria was all starting to dwindle with AT&T, out comes Samsung bringing to the table its first 4G LTE equipped Windows Phone smartphone – the Samsung Focus 2. Already, we’ve seen them put out the Samsung Focus Flash and Focus S back in the fall, but for this spring, they’re getting into the game with LTE.

Right off the bat, the unique thing that makes the Samsung Focus 2 stand out is the pristine white body it’s flaunting. At its core, the Focus 2 embodies a typical Samsung made device, as it sports a plastic body that’s decent with its construction, but notorious when it comes to attracting smudges. Nevertheless, its white paint job minimizes the effect, as it’s able to maintain a clean appearance. And considering that this handset is both lightweight and compact, it magically fits perfectly into our hands.

Samsung Focus 2 hands-on
Samsung Focus 2 hands-on
Samsung Focus 2 hands-on
Samsung Focus 2 hands-on
Samsung Focus 2 hands-on
Samsung Focus 2 hands-on
Samsung Focus 2 hands-on
Samsung Focus 2 hands-on


Even though it’s nothing terribly new or exciting with its hardware, we’re still somehow fascinated by the 4” WVGA (480 x 800) Super AMOLED display it’s flaunting. Indeed, WVGA doesn’t come off as particularly attractive, but it’s enough to allow us to view fine text with no problems. Above all, its high contrast and superbly rich color production attracts out attention from afar – and with that, it’s one of the many reasons why it stands out. Aside from that, it hardware specs are pretty much in line to other current generation Windows Phone, though, the addition of LTE enables it to throw blows back and forth with the competition. As for the rest, it features a single-core 1.4GHz Processor, 5-megapixel camera, front-facing VGA camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and the most up-to-date version of Windows Phone.

Samsung Focus 2 hands-on
Samsung Focus 2 hands-on
Samsung Focus 2 hands-on
Samsung Focus 2 hands-on


However, there’s something even better that makes it more attractive. What’s that you ask? Well, it’s going to launch sporting an oh-so easy to handle price tag of $49.99 with a 2-year contract. Yes people, that’s half as much as the highly touted Nokia Lumia 900 – so yeah, it’s sure to keep things very interesting. Considering that costs come into play for a lot of people, the Samsung Focus 2 is looking to be an attractive option either way.



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posted on 07 May 2012, 17:23 5

1. bbonline (Posts: 38; Member since: 24 Feb 2011)


This is a very nice looking Windows Phone. At this price point, it should sell well.

posted on 08 May 2012, 12:16

37. profperez1 (Posts: 47; Member since: 08 May 2012)


I am currently using the VZW Trophy and it is a great phone. In the last 3 years I have had EVERYTHING. BB, iPhone 4, Android. The Trophy is the best to date. I took the Lumia for a test drive----very fast. Pretty much the same as Trophy---bigger/faster. Not sure I want the bigger. I can get a upgrade this month----my contract is up in Sept. Not sure what I am going to do. Scared off ATT. Not rated high in the LA area.

posted on 09 May 2012, 20:29

40. DWillyEfect (Posts: 52; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


You've probably read, but it is rumored that Verizon will get behind Windows Phone 8, which should be out right around when your contract is up, give or take a month.
Just keep your fingers crossed.

posted on 07 May 2012, 17:27 14

2. joeymk (Posts: 100; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


Say what you want, but this one is better looking then the S III

posted on 07 May 2012, 17:30 7

3. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


It beats the shine off of the blue one, not sure about the white one though.

posted on 07 May 2012, 18:59 1

14. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


much like Lumia 710

posted on 08 May 2012, 04:56

30. MustafaSaidCin. (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 May 2012)


Because this product didn't affected by Apple impringement????

posted on 07 May 2012, 17:32 10

4. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


That looks very similar to the SGS3. I see samsung is starting to push similar design language across its platforms. Thats good.

What I think is funny, is that it looks very similar to the SGS3, and yet some people are already saying its nice looking, yet hating on the SGS3. Blow it up to 4.8inches, add another flash on the back, shrink the bezels and its an SGS3 with very minor differences.

posted on 07 May 2012, 17:49 6

7. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


i guess SGS 3 gonna look nice in hands. i really liked this design scheme of sammy. its no alien ware but its nice.

posted on 07 May 2012, 17:58 4

8. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you ALWAYS know an Alienware when you see it. :) Yea, they have some pretty killer designs.

posted on 07 May 2012, 18:02 2

9. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


i mean all the hype made people feel like there are going to see something from outer space hence many were disappointed with the design language of S3. but its a good looking phone and i am sure it will outperform everything else out there.

posted on 07 May 2012, 23:31 5

19. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


No doubt about who's the Android King as of the moment. And giving the SGS3 a minimalistic look is actually a plus for me (like the wonderful N9).

No blings, no nonsense. All business. Let's rock! :p

posted on 08 May 2012, 01:29 5

23. snowgator (Posts: 3159; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Totally agree. I have no idea why so many are bashing the GS3.

Unlike the Focus Flash, Sammy's other attempt at a cheap WP, it stands out with the white and silver color scheme and the 4.0" screen, which is the sweet spot. If you like small screens, it ain't to big, if you like big screens, it still is large enough to enjoy the all touch screen experience. Nice it is LTE. AT&T is adding major cities at a decent pace.

posted on 08 May 2012, 02:38 2

26. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Yeah it looks similar to SGS3 but still there is something which makes it looks better than SGS3 . "Shrink the bezel" i think this makes Focus2 a better looking devise than the SGS3 . The bezels are too thin in SGS3 compared to the phone size .

Off-topic SGS3 looks good . But it could have been designed better a lot better since it is their flagship phone and "a successor of the most selling android phone" and this is only our disappointment . Samsung could concentrate more design since all other OEM's are concentrating on it .

For Nokia its N9 and Lumia , for Motorola its Razr , for Sony Xperia series (first arc and now Xperia S,P) , Iphone may be old very old but still it was a better design at that point . At least Htc One is not a deal breaker when it come to design . But Samsung being No.1 in all other aspects could concentrate more in designing its flagship phones .

posted on 07 May 2012, 17:33 2

5. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


ima snag that and the lumia 900 for my grandparents

posted on 08 May 2012, 09:10

33. -box- (Posts: 3566; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I'd rather stick with all Lumias... better camera, larger screen, nicer materials... for $50 difference on a 2-year contract (about $2.08 per month over 24 months) it'd be much more worthwhile, personally

posted on 07 May 2012, 18:08 1

10. jechrin (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 Jun 2011)


The pricing of this phone is ridiculous

posted on 07 May 2012, 18:10 3

11. Leon101 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Looks very similar to the SG3 but something about this phone makes the design work!!!

posted on 07 May 2012, 18:11 4

12. megadirk (Posts: 33; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)


Please take off your thumb ring. That's all I can see in these pictures.

posted on 07 May 2012, 18:57 3

13. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1037; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


The focus s is still better. That had a 4.3" plus display.

posted on 07 May 2012, 20:04 5

17. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


and also much more expensive... i think samsung realized they are not going to beat nokia with an expensive phone at nokias price point so they sacrificed some quality and undercut the price

posted on 08 May 2012, 01:35 1

24. snowgator (Posts: 3159; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Love my "S". Nokia's 900 is a decent offering and the Cyan (I call it light blue, but what do I know) stands out. It also has the advantage of LTE. But the "S" is a great device with no real problems since it's launch. It is easy to get at the same price as the 900 if you shop around.

The Focus 2 is actually a nice alternative to the Nokia. If the 5.0 camera takes decent pictures and it performs like the "S" did, it might actually be a better buy than the 900.

posted on 08 May 2012, 09:11

34. -box- (Posts: 3566; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Maybe they'll come out with a Focus S2. This seems to be an upgrade on the Focus Flash

posted on 07 May 2012, 19:52 1

15. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 269; Member since: 07 May 2012)


looking beautiful,i always love technology in white!!!! sure windows phone is new bt u have to admit itz beautiful and a truly different os.

posted on 07 May 2012, 19:57 1

16. android_sucks (Posts: 111; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)


Yummy!!!!

posted on 07 May 2012, 22:29 2

18. jibraihimi (Posts: 539; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Say no to plastics and save the planet...........

posted on 07 May 2012, 23:47 1

20. Dutch1 (Posts: 19; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


Is there anything different besides the hardware of this Windows Phone? For example, what is different between this phone and the Lumia 900 besides the shell?

posted on 08 May 2012, 08:13

31. DFranch (Posts: 129; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Smaller screen, 5mp vs 8 mp Camera and 8gb vs 16gb storage.

posted on 08 May 2012, 01:25

22. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


The RAM?

posted on 08 May 2012, 02:57 1

27. grif_ (Posts: 61; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)


And thats why samsung is on top. It has both android and windows devices. As well as its own bada, and tizen devices which hopefully get released in the near future. Sammy will be on top for a long time.

posted on 08 May 2012, 03:20 1

28. shadez10 (Posts: 386; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


is that a lumia 710/610?.. xD

samsung you should improve your smartphone designs... and be original...

posted on 08 May 2012, 09:12 1

35. -box- (Posts: 3566; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Seems to crib a bit from the HTC Radar too. Looks nice enough, just generic and uninspired

posted on 08 May 2012, 04:44 2

29. Glim12808 (Posts: 391; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I wonder what made Samsung changed their mind about putting out another WP device before WP8 comes out. Anyway this a welcome developement for fans of Windows Phone. So now there is an LTE Windows Phone for $49, $99, and $199 price points at AT&T. Hope this helps the platform gain more adherents.

posted on 08 May 2012, 09:18

36. -box- (Posts: 3566; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Spare parts, maybe?

posted on 08 May 2012, 17:28

38. iSometimes (Posts: 42; Member since: 16 Feb 2011)


I am a great supporter of windows phone, but I don't see the need to upgrade to new phone once you've already bought one.The windows platform is the same across all smart phones. For example, I have the Samsung Focus (one). It's a great phone and runs Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. It can even record 720p video as well as multitask. It runs buttery smooth.The only difference to the Focus 2, I see is the front facing camera and faster processor. Would I really pay $400-$500 (off contract) or $50 and get stuck with a 2-year contract for only those two options and LTE that isn't fully developed yet? I don't think so. HTC Titan II is more appealing, but all it has is the larger screen, processor and better cameras. Waiting for WP8. :)

Also, this seems very similar to the Focus Flash and Focus S...I only see screen size differences

posted on 08 May 2012, 20:37

39. AppleFan73 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 May 2012)


What will the full price be?

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