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Samsung and AT&T are hoping to attract customers who want a sleek Windows Phone at an affordable price with the Samsung Focus 2. The Focus 2 is Samsung's first 4G LTE Windows Phone. It's also the third Windows Phone from AT&T that connects to the carrier's 4G LTE network. AT&T's 4G LTE network is currently available in 47 markets which covers over 74 million Americans. Running on Windows Phone 7.5 (codenamed Mango), the Focus 2 features a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor, and a 5-megapixel camera. With Windows Phone 7.5, you'll get Live Tiles which gives you real time updates directly from the Start Screen; you can see calendar appointments, emails, social media updates, and more with a quick glance thanks to Live Tiles. The Focus 2 is thin and lightweight, measuring 10.98mm thick and weighing 4.3 ounces. When you compare the footprint of the Focus 2 to many of today's popular Android handsets, you'll immediately notice the Focus 2 is smaller, enabling it to fit very easily in your pocket or purse and making it comfortable to hold in your hand.
If you want an LTE-capable Windows phone on AT&T with a bottom bargain price, up until now you've been a bit stuck. Fortunately, at CTIA 2012, Samsung unveiled the Samsung Focus 2.The Focus 2 is a $49 Windows phone that performs admirably - even when compared to heavyweight contenders like the Nokia Lumia 900.While the Lumia 900 will certainly beat it in a variety of tests, like best display, most internal storage, as well as outdoor reading tests - because Microsoft so strictly regulates Windows Phone specs it was only a matter of time until cheaper alternatives overtook the industry.The Samsung Focus Flash packs LTE, and comes pre-loaded with WP 7.5 Mango. It has a 4-inch Super AMOLED, a 1.4GHz single-core processor (all Windows Phones are single-core), 8GB memory and a 5MP rear facing camera and an industry-standard front-facing camera.The device feels solidly constructed in the hands, and we found the ridges to give it a sense of durability. The lights that illuminate the home buttons initially seem like an awesome addition, but quickly deteriorate into semi-gimicky and give the device a slightly cheaper feeling.But at $49, none of that really matters.
The Samsung I667 Focus 2 for AT&T is the third LTE addition to the carrier's impressive Windows Phone lineup. However, in order to avoid clashing with the platform heavyweights - the Nokia Lumia 900 and the HTC Titan II - the Korean offering undercuts both in terms of specifications and price. As you can probably guess, Samsung's approach towards its latest product to run Microsoft's mobile OS differs significantly than the aspirations of some of major its competitors. The Focus 2 is not meant to sell by the millions - Samsung has its perfectly established Android lineup up to this task. Instead, the white clad Focus 2 aims to offer an entry to the smartphone realm to all those people, who are still in the dark ages of feature phones. Save for the LTE radio on board, there are hardly any surprises regarding the specifications of the Samsung Focus 2. Microsoft's strict Windows Phone hardware requirements, coupled with Samsung's large parts bin have resulted in a device, which despite being new to the market, is hardly unfamiliar. Here is the full list of key features, which the Samsung Focus 2 has to offer. As you can notice above, the spec sheet of the Samsung Focus 2 is business as usual.
Microsoft and AT&T continue to make the case for purchasing a Windows Phone, and the latest example is the $49.99 Samsung Focus 2. This handset accesses AT&T's fast 4G LTE network and wraps the uniquely compelling Windows Phone 7.5 interface in a refreshingly compact design. But is that enough to make customers think twice about an Android phone or to ignore the Lumia 900?Click to EnlargeThe Focus 2 comes swathed in glossy white plastic, similar to what you'd find on the Samsung Galaxy Player. A silver plastic band wraps elegantly along the sides, providing a nice contrast. The power and a dedicated camera button rest along the right side of the device, while the volume rocker occupies the left. A lone headphone jack sits on top, and a microUSB port is along the bottom.A 4-inch display dominates the front of the device in the middle of silver AT&T and Samsung logos. A 0.3-megapixel front camera sits in the top left corner. Three capacitive buttons (Back, Home and Search) are located beneath the screen.Click to EnlargeThe phone's rear features a 5-megapixel camera between an LED flash and a pair of small speakers. Logos for Samsung and Windows Phone are printed below in gray.
The Samsung Focus 2 ($49.99 with two-year contract) is Samsung's first Windows Phone with 4G LTE. It's a follow-up to the Samsung Focus S ($99.99, 3.5 stars) and smaller Focus Flash ($49.99, 3.5 stars), two of the more popular cell phones to grace Microsoft's latest mobile platform. But rather than advance the design in any way, Samsung appears to have fused the two together, rounded the edges off, and called it a day. It's a fine choice, but there are certainly more tempting options. Design, Screen, and Call QualityThe Focus 2 is essentially a piece of white glossy plastic, albeit with a chrome accent band around the edges and a glass screen. It's just four-tenths of an inch thick, and it weighs 4.3 ounces, which is on the thin and light side for a phone with these specs. It feels pretty good in hand, considering it's made of plastic and not a classier substance. The bundled black USB cable and power adapter look a bit odd when plugged into an all-white phone. The 4-inch, 800-by-480-pixel Super AMOLED screen is standard fare for Windows Phones. It looks sharp and colorful, with deep blacks, good brightness, and decent-if-not-spectacular viewing angles. Three brightly lit touch buttons sit beneath the screen.
AT&T has no shortage of value-priced phones, and just lately, a pretty good selection of 4G LTE devices as well. But the two haven't crossed over much yet, and the ranks of Windows Phone 7 devices are a little slim as well. Happily, all three of these categories can add the Samsung Focus 2, which goes on sale starting today for $49.99 with a two-year contract. Is it worth your hard-earned greenbacks? Let's find out. Samsung has become surprisingly adept at putting out quality smartphone hardware, even on the low-end of its range. In general build and quality, the Focus 2 feels like a shrunken version of the white Galaxy S II: compact, light, glossy and very solid. The hard plastic shell isn't the thinnest available, but there's nearly zero flex, and its gentle curves feel comfortable in the hand. Controls are found mounted within the silver ring surrounding the phone: volume on the left side, power and two-stage camera button (yes!) on the right. The front of the device is dominated by a 4-inch, 480x800 Super AMOLED display. Margins on the side are small, but fatten out on the top and bottom to accommodate the speaker, front-facing camera and Windows Phone controls.
The Samsung Focus 2 improves on it predecessor while keeping to a low $50 price point, making for a practical – if uninspired – Windows Phone device.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. Capitalizing on the relative success of the original Focus, Samsung has made a phone that offers LTE for the best price yet ($50 with a two-year contract). But is it worth the deal? On the surface, there is nothing fantastic about the original Samsung Focus. It's a black plastic handset with a 4-inch screen. But, more than other Windows Phones back in late 2010, it had a unique appeal. Part of that appeal was undoubtedly in the AMOLED screen, which seems like a screen technology built to make Windows Phone look great, but the screen size and feel of the phone just worked. Everything worked. Released last year, the Focus S and smaller Focus Flash were both decent handsets, but neither of them felt like the Focus.
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?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.
Samsung and AT&T must have a good thing going with their array of Windows Phone devices, because here comes the fourth in line, the Samsung Focus 2. Two things make this handset, running Windows Phone 7.5, stand out. First, its 4G LTE connectivity makes it only the third Windows Phone device to be compatible with the faster of AT&T's two "4G" networks (behind the Nokia Lumia 900 and the HTC Titan II.) Second, at $50 with a new two-year service agreement, the Focus 2 is a steal. Beyond the budget price is a nice 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1.4GHz processor, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, and a front-facing camera. While the Focus 2 will certainly lure in new Windows Phone users and deal-lovers, those looking for stepped-up camera resolution and larger memory storage should consider either of AT&T's other two LTE phones, or if data speed isn't a worry, then the Samsung Focus S. Samsung is taking a cue from the cultural color zeitgeist and offering the Focus 2 in white, accented by a silvery trim. Although the Focus 2 is constructed of durable-feeling, hard-molded plastic, the smooth finish makes it look fairly classy. The coating may be a little too glossy, however.
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