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Samsung Focus 2 Review

Samsung Focus 2

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Interface and Functionality:

Lookie here folks! The Samsung Focus 2 is running Windows Phone Mango, which is exactly the same experience we get on other recent Windows Phones – so yeah, there’s nothing out of place with this one. Much like other Samsung made Windows Phones, the Focus 2 features the “Daily Briefing” hub to somewhat differentiate the experience from other phone vendors. Still, its usefulness isn’t drastic, as it provides us with relevant information relating to the weather, stocks, and world news. Naturally, we can lament about finding nothing new with the core experience, but from a consumer standpoint, its visual appeal, extensive productivity functionality, and ease of use will undoubtedly attract people.

The Samsung Focus 2 is running Windows Phone Mango - Samsung Focus 2 Review
The Samsung Focus 2 is running Windows Phone Mango - Samsung Focus 2 Review
The Samsung Focus 2 is running Windows Phone Mango - Samsung Focus 2 Review

The Samsung Focus 2 is running Windows Phone Mango

With Mango’s presence, the email experience has been refined to offer a universal inbox system and threaded conversations. And of course, the setup process is simple as pie seeing that it essentially requires only our email address and password to automatically set up.

Email - Samsung Focus 2 Review
Email - Samsung Focus 2 Review


After our finger got comfy typing on the larger displays of the Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II, there’s just a little bit of adjustment with the Focus 2, mainly due to its slightly more cramped layout. Once we’re able to overcome it, we find ourselves typing away with breeze thanks partly to its responsiveness and wicked auto-correct feature.

Virtual keyboard - Samsung Focus 2 Review
Virtual keyboard - Samsung Focus 2 Review

Virtual keyboard

Bound to be a part of AT&T’s lineup, we find the carrier’s presence in preloaded apps such as AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Navigator, AT&T U-verse Mobile, and myAT&T. Interestingly, the sole third party app found with the handset is YPmobile.

We find the carrier’s presence in preloaded apps - Samsung Focus 2 Review
We find the carrier’s presence in preloaded apps - Samsung Focus 2 Review
We find the carrier’s presence in preloaded apps - Samsung Focus 2 Review
We find the carrier’s presence in preloaded apps - Samsung Focus 2 Review

We find the carrier’s presence in preloaded apps

Processor and Memory:

As we’ve come to expect out of all Windows Phones, knowing the kind of processor being employed isn’t necessarily important – since they all run nearly identical to one another. Rightfully so, that’s exactly the name of the game with the Samsung Focus 2, as its single-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU is able to deliver plenty of responsiveness with all of its actions. Making an even bolder statement, we didn’t experience a single instance of slowdown or lag during our testing.

Before you start piling on the multimedia content, you’ll probably want to be choosy in what you select – that’s because the handset only has 6.6GB of free storage out of the box. And of course, there’s no way of increasing it whatsoever.

Internet and Connectivity:

One of the darlings about the Samsung Focus 2, is the fact that it’s sporting support for AT&T’s next-generation 4G LTE network, which enables it to get data speeds that are vastly superior. Speed aside, the web browsing experience with Internet Explorer is typically satisfying – thanks in part to its fluidity and responsiveness when it comes to navigating through complex web sites. Sure, it doesn’t have Adobe Flash support, but to tell you the truth, we’re not all that saddened by it. Therefore, if you live and breathe web browsing, you’ll surely appreciate the performance of the Samsung Focus 2.

Web browsing on the Samsung Focus 2 - Samsung Focus 2 Review
Web browsing on the Samsung Focus 2 - Samsung Focus 2 Review
Web browsing on the Samsung Focus 2 - Samsung Focus 2 Review
Web browsing on the Samsung Focus 2 - Samsung Focus 2 Review

Web browsing on the Samsung Focus 2

Do you travel a lot? Well, if you do, the Samsung Focus 2 is a wonderful companion seeing that it’s compatible to work with most networks around the world. Furthermore, its set of connectivity features consist of aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality.

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posted on 17 May 2012, 08:22 1

1. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Good review. About as expected, given the introductory price point compared to the other WP7.5 LTE devices

posted on 17 May 2012, 08:26 1

2. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Shoots terrible photos
Poor calling quality"

In particular the last one. It's a phone so if it doesn't have at least a good calling quality does it deserve 7,5?? I doubt.
Moreover, Lumia 900 has great calling quality and shoots much better photos and was scored only half a point higher.

posted on 17 May 2012, 08:29

3. lonestrider (Posts: 88; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)

I think this is just another Windows Phone device. With no something new. All the specs is just like the others.

posted on 17 May 2012, 08:30 1

4. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

It's ironic that there's review of a Windows Phone when just the previous article is titled "101 reasons not to buy a Windows Phone"

posted on 17 May 2012, 13:42 2

5. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)

Yeah Phonearena made a great mistake by posting that article.

posted on 17 May 2012, 23:11 1

6. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

Who has the white theme on in a Windows Phone Device which has an amoled screen, switch to Black theme and then see the beauty of the screen not like the one in this review, this one makes it look so bad, same happened with the nokia lumia 900 review

Windows Phone 7.5 (with black theme, ofcourse) is a joy to be used on the Amoled Display cuz it has the deepest blacks, and the white one really sucks bad on the amoled, looks bad and eats up all the battery

posted on 18 May 2012, 00:32

7. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

Why the heck just a Windows Phone can't have a microSD card?
i mean that is a feature that is being given in a phone since the late 1990's. What the heck is happening to all these companies, HTC has the one X, but with a limited storage of 16gb out of which only 11 GB is practically accessible by the user, why not just include a micro SD slot and have the user to have more memory,
And having a HD screen in the one X and so contrast and other things, it is a joy to watch movies in it but can't get enough of it as once transferred some movies then everything is dead.
If the companies continued on doing things like this i think they have no better future as the demand for more memory is increasing

posted on 18 May 2012, 17:14

8. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Okay, I have really done some questioning on this, especially with WP devices only having 8 or 16 G of storage. The best explaination I got was from a tech at the Champaign IL AT&T shop. The story he heard was the use of the storage card really changed some software features that caused a ton of "bricking" during tests. The orignal Focus used a stroage card, but the way it was incorporated more or less turned it into "hard" stroage- once in the software, you could not pull it without really messing with the phones performance. It was expensive to manufacturer, and a headache for all involved. So, future WP devices of the first and second Generations skipped it.

WP8 devices will allow for storage cards, as the software will be optimized.

posted on 18 May 2012, 17:17

9. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

My Focus S isn't great in camera, either. But the bad call quality is strange, as my "S" easily is among the better phones I have owned.

Overall, this will be down to 20.00$ or cheaper fairly quick, and it will be a steal at that price. I think it is a great looking phone, and a great LTE option.

No, not better than the 900, but it is not intending to be.

posted on 21 May 2012, 20:56 1

10. Saamic (Posts: 119; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)

As far as design it looks simple and practical yet awesome

posted on 31 May 2012, 16:03

11. Meemomof7 (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 May 2012)

My granddaughter graduated from USMC boot camp in February and before she left for MCT she purchased a Samsung Focus Flash cell phone thru AT&T at Walmart (March). She dropped her phone yesterday and the screen shattered. When she purchased the phone, she was not asked if she wanted insurance, and since this is her first cell phone, she didn't think to ask about it.
How can she get a replacement without having to pay full price?
Thank you!

posted on 18 Jan 2013, 06:47

12. lindsayorum (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

I am as disappointed as can be with this device, can not update without home PC, volume sound is lousy, I have always had an android device phone and after switching to windows I see why. I could do everything rite from my cell phone, including downloading music to my library, again with this phone it must be connected to a home PC. My next phone purchased will definitely have more background done on it, I am not pleased with my phone at all. And there is no slot for an sd card. Can't change the font size in text messaging either, print is very small and hard to read at times, just not very many handy features on this device, it is eye captivating but looks van be deceiving!

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 10:48

13. Stormswift (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)

love it, especially since it is easy to turn off all the bells and whistles that eat up data when you are in a wifi environment. Always loved windows phones, ever since I got my first Pocket PC. This one has just the right software I need for work and play. Like the battery life, love how it fits into my hand. Had to cut down and "shave down" the SIM card with nail file (hint dudes, raid your GF's cosmetics cabinet) but it worked . Lets hope this one lasts as long as its predecessor Blackjac kII (RIP after 5 years). Good phone decent price (bought it without contract)

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Samsung Focus 2

Samsung Focus 2

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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PhoneArena rating:
Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
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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