Samsung Focus 2 Review: Budget-Price, LTE-Enabled
The Samsung Focus 2 offers good performance using hardware that's not exactly top-of-the line in comparison to Android phones of today (the Focus 2 has a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, a single-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor, and 512MB of RAM). Windows Phone 7 dictates some of the hardware requirements for the Focus 2 which may seem to hold it back on paper, but real-world usage shows the phone is very responsive and proves the OS / hardware combination really has a lot to offer.
The Focus 2 is also thin and lightweight, taking up less space in your pocket or purse than many of today's hot Android phones. As we pointed out, the Focus 2 is actually one of the lightest smartphones we've seen in recent months.
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We definitely appreciate that the Focus 2 has 4G LTE connectivity. However, considering AT&T currently offers 4G LTE service in only 47 markets, there are still a number of Americans who won't be able to use this phone's full speed capabilities on a regular basis.
The Focus 2 isn't designed to be one of AT&T's high-end phones. Instead, it's designed to be a budget-friendly and feature-rich smartphone. If you're looking for a good Windows Phone smartphone or if you're new to the smartphone market and want something that's not going to break the bank but that will provide access to AT&T's 4G LTE network, the Focus 2 is definitely a smartphone to consider. Keep in mind though, that no current Windows Phone will be upgraded to Windows Phone 8. The Focus 2 is likely to receive an update to 7.8, which will make the interface and other visual elements looks like WP8, but the full blown version of Microsoft's next mobile OS will only arrive on new hardware, which may be worth waiting for.