Samsung Focus 2 Review

Cindy Lai
The Focus 2 is a nicely-priced Windows Phone 7.5 device that provides a fast and fluid experience and future-proof internet connectivity.

 

After having announced the (then-named) Windows Phone 7 Series platform at Mobile World Congress 2010, Microsoft planned a flashy New York City event in the fall of that same year to show off the first devices that would be bestowed with the Windows ecosystem’s answer to Apple and Google’s foray into mobile. There were a handful of devices, though one stood out to us in particular: the Samsung Focus, which seemed to have the best screen, the snappiest performance, and the most impressive thin-and-light form factor. The Focus went on to be one of the best-selling early Windows Phone 7 devices, and so it’s no wonder that AT&T and Samsung decided to continue the life of the brand with the Focus 2. This time we have a faster CPU, super-fast LTE connectivity, and a refreshed design. Does the Focus 2 live up the good name of the original? Read our full review to find out!

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Hardware

Let’s run through some specs. The Focus 2 has a second-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255T S2 CPU clocked at 1.4GHz, backed by 512MB of RAM. For storage you get a mere 8GB, of which only 6GB is user-accessible. There’s no microSD storage, either. The display is unchanged from the original Focus: it’s a 4.0-inch WVGA Super AMOLED pentile-matrix display. For imaging, there’s a 5MP camera on the back with a flash, and a front-facing VGA camera. You get the usual Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios, plus UMTS and LTE. Powering the entire unit is a nicely-sized 1750mAh battery. The phone is 11mm thick and weighs 122 grams, compared to the original Focus, which was just 10mm thick and weighed 115 grams.

Included in the box is a set of white headphones, and a charger.


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