Samsung Focus 2 Review: Budget-Price, LTE-Enabled - HotHardware

Samsung Focus 2 Review: Budget-Price, LTE-Enabled

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The Focus 2 has a white casing with a silver band on the edges of the phone. Above the 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED  (480 x 800) display, you'll find the VGA camera in the upper left corner. Between the camera and speaker at the top of the phone, you'll see proximity and light sensors. Below the display are three buttons: Back, Start / Windows , and Bing search.

On the left edge of the phone in the silver band, you'll find the volume rocker. The microUSB port is located on the bottom edge of the phone. On the right edge, you'll find the Power/Lock key as well as a dedicated camera button. The Focus 2's 3.5mm headphone jack is located on the top edge.

 

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Upon pressing the dedicated camera button from any screen on the phone, the camera application will open. Similar to using a standalone point-and-shoot camera, pressing this button halfway down provides a focus lock and pressing the button completely down will snap a photo. It's a nice touch, and it makes the Focus 2's camera feel much more like a standalone point-and-shoot camera than most smartphone cameras. 

You'll find the Focus 2's 5 megapixel camera and LED flash on the back of the phone near the top. The back battery cover is removable and provides access to the phone's SIM card. The Focus 2 does not have a microSD card slot.

 

The Focus 2 measures 4.79 x 2.47 x 0.43 inches and weighs 4.3 ounces, making it one of the lightest phones we've looked at recently.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G
4.2 ounces
Samsung Focus 2
4.3 ounces
Motorola Droid Razr
4.48 ounces
Nexus S
4.55 ounces
HTC One X
4.58 ounces
HTC Droid Incredible
4.6 ounces
Samsung Galaxy S III
4.7 ounces
HTC EVO 4G LTE
4.73 ounces
Apple iPhone 4
4.8 ounces
Apple iPhone 4S
4.9 ounces
LG Spectrum
4.99 ounces
Samsung Droid Charge
5.04 ounces
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx
5.1 ounces
Motorola Droid Bionic
5.57 ounces
Motorola Photon 4G
5.6 ounces
HTC EVO 3D
6 ounces
HTC Thunderbolt
6.23 ounces

 
Although the phone has a smaller footprint than many of the large-screen Android handsets we've seen recently, we didn't feel as if we were making a huge sacrifice in terms of screen real estate when using the Focus 2. In fact, the fact that the Focus 2 is a little smaller was nice when we slipped the phone in our pocket, since it is somewhat more svelte than larger offerings.

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