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Samsung Focus 2 Review

Samsung Focus 2

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Samsung Focus 2 Review
Introduction:

As we all know, the Nokia Lumia 900 kicked Windows Phones into the stratosphere by bringing 4G LTE into the mix with the platform, and soon after that, HTC brought to the table its offering in the Titan II. Strangely though, Samsung’s presence was absent as its competitors moved up one step ahead of them. Thankfully, we don’t have to wait much longer as the Samsung Focus 2 is set for arrival, bringing the Korean based company up to snuff, but more importantly, it’s aiming to stiff arm the competition with its tantalizing $49.99 on-contract price. Will its tempting price point be enough to sway consumers to it?

Samsung Focus 2 Review
Samsung Focus 2 Review
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Design:

At its core, the Samsung Focus 2 follows firmly to the design principles found with previous Samsung devices, since it sports that all too conspicuous sturdy all-plastic body that makes it lightweight. However, we find its design on the adorable side thanks to its pristine white paint job and rounded curves. Adding more love to its design, we really like how its slick feel enables it to maintain a clean appearance at all times – meaning, it doesn’t exhibit any smudges or fingerprints. Having to compete against the Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II, we’re happy to see the Focus 2 finding a sweet spot with its balanced approach.

The Samsung Focus 2 sports a sturdy all-plastic body that makes it lightweight - Samsung Focus 2 Review
The Samsung Focus 2 sports a sturdy all-plastic body that makes it lightweight - Samsung Focus 2 Review
The Samsung Focus 2 sports a sturdy all-plastic body that makes it lightweight - Samsung Focus 2 Review

Donning the typical trio of Windows Phone buttons, they’re able to catch a lot of attention due to their piercing backlighting. Meanwhile, above the display, we find its earpiece, front-facing VGA camera, ambient light, and the proximity sensors.

Samsung Focus 2 Review
Windows Phone buttons - Samsung Focus 2 Review
Front-facing camera - Samsung Focus 2 Review
 

Windows Phone buttons

Front-facing camera


Peeking around the sides, there is nothing out of the ordinary as we spot its 3.5mm headset jack, noise cancellation mic, shutter key, microUSB port, volume controls, and power button. With the latter two, however, we don’t like they’re rather indistinct to the touch.

Power and camera keys (right) - The sides of the Samsung Focus 2 - Samsung Focus 2 Review
microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung Focus 2 - Samsung Focus 2 Review
Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Samsung Focus 2 - Samsung Focus 2 Review
3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Samsung Focus 2 - Samsung Focus 2 Review

Power and camera keys (right)

microUSB port (bottom)

Volume rocker (left)

3.5mm jack (top)


Around the rear, we’re greeted to its 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, LED flash, and two notches for its internal speaker. Prying off the plastic rear cover from one side, we’re able to gain access to its 1,750 mAh battery and microSIM slot.

Back - Samsung Focus 2 Review
Battery compartment - Samsung Focus 2 Review

Back

Battery compartment



Display:

Neither too large or too small, the Samsung Focus 2 actually employs the same identical display found with its predecessor. Specifically, it’s a 4” WVGA (480 x 800) Super AMOLED display, which is nothing to write home about nowadays, but it’s still nevertheless a pleasant looking thing. WVGA resolution is hardly a surprise, even more when it’s used by all Windows Phones thus far, but it’s enough to make out some fine details thanks to its 223 ppi pixel density. Without a doubt, its high-contrast, wide viewing angles, and luscious color production all combine together to provide us with a visual treat.

Samsung Focus 2 360-degrees View:



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Samsung Focus 2

Samsung Focus 2

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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PhoneArena rating:
7.5Good
Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1400 MHz
Size4.79 x 2.47 x 0.43 inches
(122 x 63 x 11 mm)
4.30 oz  (122 g)
Battery1750 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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