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Our friends over at Samsung have sent us the AT&T Samsung Focus 2 for us to review. This is Samsung newest Windows Phone and is the next member to the Focus Family on AT&T. This is the Focus for everyone in away, it has some nice hardware and only costs $49.99 with a 2-year contract. This is the sequel to the original Focus that came out in 2010, but since then Windows Phone’s have been invading the market. Many of these devices have landed on AT&T’s network. Should you go out and get the Focus 2? We will answer that in the full review!

 

Design

The first thing that you will notice is that color, is actually very nice. The Focus 2 is outfitted in a glossy pure white paint job. This phone is not mean to be the thinnest, I think it is trying to be a first time smartphone or a simple smartphone. It comes in at .43 inches thick. And it comes in at 4.3 ounces, so it is not that thick or that heavy. It is also very comfortable to hold in your hand. The build of the Focus 2 is for the most part plastic, the only part of the device that is not black in color would be aluminum rim or siding that goes around the device. I do like the design, the white goes really nice with the aluminum. On the bottom of the device you will find the main microphone and micro USB port. Your headphone jack and second microphone is located on the top of the device. Your volume rocker is on the left side, while the power/sleep button is located on the right side with the camera shutter button. On the back you have the Samsung logo, Windows Phone logo, speaker and the 5 megapixel camera with LED flash. If you pop the back cover off you will find the micro SIM card slot and the 1750mAh battery. Like the other current Windows Phone devices there is no micro SD card slot. So, you are stuck with the internal memory or using cloud storage. Above the screen you will find the ear piece, a AT&T logo, proximity sensor, and the VGA front facing camera. Below the screen you have the Samsung logo, and 3 touch back light buttons. This buttons are your back, home, and search. And that sums up the design of the AT&T Samsung Focus 2.

 

Hardware

Now, we move onto the hardware on the AT&T Samsung Focus 2. For starters, we get a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, with a resolution of 480 X 800. One thing to note is that since it doesn’t have the “plus”, it does mean it is a Pen Tile display. However, I think that for the market they are going for with this device it won’t be an issue. With that being said color aren’t dull but they are not that vibrant and eye-popping, but viewing angles are pretty good. For speed you get access to AT&T’s 4G LTE Network, and if AT&T hasn’t deployed that network in your area just yet, you also get access to HSPA+, 3G, and even EDGE support on this device. And for speed on the device itself you get a 1.4GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm Processor, which keeps the Focus 2 moving. Scrolling is pretty good, at times it may get hung up but for the most part it gets the job done. When you hit one of the touch buttons, it goes very fast. Your 1750mAh battery, should last the full day with normal use. If you are using a lot and really taxing the battery we saw that we could get a round 5(five) hours and 30(thirty) minutes of use. However, for an average user it should last the entire day. Samsung usually creates great cameras that are on smartphones. The 5 megapixel back camera is okay, but Samsung could have made it so much better. It gets the job done, but the quality is not that great.  The VGA front facing camera is not that good as well, it will get you through a video chat and will take some good self portraits photos. Overall, Samsung put some good and some bad hardware into the AT&T Samsung Focus 2.

 

Software

Now, the AT&T Samsung Focus 2 is a Windows Phone, and it is running Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. It is the standard Windows Phone operating system, with some special applications from Samsung and AT&T. You have your lock screen that displays your battery power, connectivity, time and date. And then to unlock you simply swipe up, and from there you are in the operating system. You have your home screen which is filled with your tiles, you can customize these, add new ones, and removes the ones you don’t want. If you want to remove one just, hold down on the tile and then push the little thumb tack in the corner. It has a slash going through it, meaning it will be removed. Of course you can always bring it back by re-adding it. For all of the Xbox 360 fans out there, the Xbox Live application syncs up with this device very nicely. Since, Samsung can’t put a Touch Wiz or another user interface on here they give you Samsung Now. This updates you on the weathers, stock, currency, tweets, news, and pretty much anything else you would want it too. It comes in handy if you want to get like a daily briefing of wants going on in the world in the morning when you get up. I personally enjoyed this, and hope to see other manufactures add something like this. In terms of other pre-loaded applications, you will find AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Navigator, AT&T U-Verse Mobile, Calculator, Calendar, Camera, Games, Mail, Help+How-To, Maps, Marketplace, myAT&T, Now, Office, Photo Studio, YP Mobile and more. Granted a lot of these are core applications, besides the AT&T ones and a few others. Luckily, most of them can be removed. And then of course if you wanted to add more the Windows Phone Marketplace is your one-stop-shop. Overall, I enjoyed the software on the AT&T Samsung Focus 2.

 

Bottom Line

The AT&T Samsung Focus 2 is a nice and simple Windows Phone. I really enjoy the Windows Phone orating system, and it works very well on the Focus 2. This is thanks to it’s 1.4GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm Processor, the downside is here is that you do not have any expandable storage. For a heavy app user, this is not the device for you. It has 2 cameras that will get the job done, but I wouldn’t rave about them. You get access to AT&T’s 4G LTE, HSPA+, and 3G Networks, which will pretty much you have covered everywhere. And then to close the device out, you have an amazing operating system that is super easy to use and will be enjoyed by all. And Samsung Now is an added bonus that you will get you the latest weather, news, stock, and much more. And this all happens at the touch of a button. The AT&T Samsung Focus 2 retails for $49.99 with 2-year contract or $399.99 with no contract. I would recommend the AT&T Samsung Focus 2 to a first time smartphone user or someone who is looking for a simple to use smartphone. For More Information On The AT&T Samsung Focus 2, Please Click Here. We would like to thank Samsung Mobile USA for providing us with a copy of the “AT&T Samsung Focus 2”.

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