Samsung Focus 2 Hands-on: Compact Design Meets Fast 4G LTE Speeds

Samsung Focus 2

The Samsung Focus 2 is here at CTIA Wireless 2012, and we spent a few minutes playing around with this new Windows Phone for AT&T’s network. The good news is that the Focus 2 is pretty cheap for a 4G LTE phone at just $50. And for your money you get a lightweight, 4.3-ounce design that’s more compact than the Lumia 900. Get all the details and our hands-on video and gallery below.

Other highlights of the Focus 2 include a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 5-MP camera on the back and a front-facing shooter for video calls with VGA quality. The back camera actually impressed us with its low-light capability. It captured a detailed shot of a sculpture in a dimly lit room with no problem.

So what about those 4G LTE network speeds? In New Orleans, the Focus 2 downloaded within 15 seconds, which is pretty fast for a full desktop site. Loading subsequent articles took 10 seconds or less. 

The design of the Focus 2 is a bit on the thick side at 0.4 inches, but we like the white finish, which will will help this Windows Phone pop on the shelf. Samsung also throws in some of its own apps, including a news reader and photo editing apps.

Overall, the Focus 2 isn’t the most exciting smartphone, but Windows Phone fans looking for something pocket friendly and fast should definitely consider it.

Mark Spoonauer
Mark Spoonauer
Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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