Samsung Focus 2 Review: The Luxury Side of Entry-Level

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Design
      • 7
      • Performance
      • 7
      • Total Score:
      • 7.00
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • 4G LTE
    • Slick build
    • 1.4 GHz processor is solid for a $50 phone
  • Cons

    • Awful screen
    • Battery life not quite as good as other 4G LTE WP devices
    • Only 8 GB of storage
     

Quick Take

The Samsung Focus 2 has an entry-level price but is a cut above most entry-level phones, making it a viable option for those seeking a bargain on a Windows Phone with 4G LTE.

The Samsung Focus 2 is the most recent 4G LTE Windows Phone, and it\’s a steal offering considerable performance for the not-so-considerable price of $50. While the Focus 2 is a cut above the competition within its price range, its attempts at balancing its weaknesses and strengths has transformed this device into the jack of all trades, but master of none.

The screen mirrors a more traditional build, measuring 4.8 x 2.5 x 0.4 inches, making it easy to use and hold with one hand. Overall, the Focus 2 sports a clean aesthetic with its white body and silver trim. The only drawback to its clean design is that the device is made entirely out of slick plastic making it likely to be dropped or slip out of the user\’s hands.

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Perhaps the most notable weakness of the Focus 2 is its 4 inch screen, which only supports a measly 400 x 800 resolution. While the Focus 2\’s attempt to make up for its poor resolution, its deep and vibrant colors thanks to its Super AMOLED display, is noble, the fact that individual pixels are clearly visible to the eye makes the overall visuals unacceptable.

The Focus 2 runs on Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango), which offers its patent Metro UI, the tile based aesthetic allowing for easy access to all of your favorite programs at the touch of a finger. Despite its bargain price tag, the Focus 2 sports a respectable 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 2 processor along with 512 MB of RAM. While it is true that the Focus 2 only supports a single core processor, the device still held nicely against a gauntlet of graphics-intensive games and apps.

Another big drawback of the device is its relatively limited storage, with 8 GB of memory rated, and 6 GB usable. This makes it difficult to use this phone for multimedia purposes. Along with the limited space, the Focus 2 also offers a fairly standard 5 megapixel rear camera that will provide users with suitable photos, but offers nothing that would blow you away.

The Samsung Focus 2 is certainly a solid phone, especially considering the low cost $50 price tag. However, for just $50 more there are much higher quality options (such as the Nokia Lumia 900) available for purchase.


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