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Unboxing and hands on with the Samsung Focus 2 from AT&T

Our first impressions of the new Samsung Focus 2 from AT&T

Samsung Focus 2 from AT&T

AT&T has yet another Windows Phone on their store shelves today. It is the Samsung Focus 2, a 4" Super AMOLED screened white Windows Phone.

And it's not too shabby.

We picked one up this morning at our local AT&T store and the Focus 2 makes a nice first impression. Measuring 4.79" x 2.47" x .43" and weighing in at 4.3 ounces, the Focus 2 is very comparable in size with its older brother the Samsung Focus (4.84” x 2.56” x 0.39” and 4.1 ounces).

The Focus 2 fits comfortably in the hand and has a compact feel, especially after using the HTC Titan II for the past month. Screen quality is as you would expect from a Super AMOLED screen, rich saturation and contrast. I'm partial to a larger screen but the 4" screen on the Focus 2 looks nice. I still have reservations on having a white Windows Phone but we'll see how well things hold up over the next few days.

The Focus 2 is powered by a 1750mah battery and moves along rather nicely with the 1.4ghz processor. The Focus 2 is fitted with 8gb of memory, a 5mp rear camera, VGA front facing camera, and is 4G LTE compatible. Now before you moan and groan about the Focus 2 only having 8gb of storage, remember this is an entry level Windows Phone. Plus with SkyDrive gaining momentum, you have a solid off-device storage option.

Overall, the AT&T Samsung Focus 2 makes a nice first impression. We're going to take the Focus 2 out for a test drive over the next few days and will get a full review up on the site shortly. With the Focus 2 running $49.99 under contract, we'll also see how the Focus 2 compares to the Nokia Lumia 900 (as well as the Lumia 710) to see how these two sub-$100 Windows Phones match up.

Stay tuned, there's more to come and after the break, check out our unboxing video...

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dante501 says:

Any idea if there will be a HTC Titan 2 coming to Europe? I love my focus S but wouldn't mind a big screen 16 mega pixel monster. Or could I buy one from the USA what I can also interop unlock?

jamsjordn says:

Down here in Australia it will be released in about a long and a half but that date keeps getting pushed back. From what I read recently there were no plans for it in Europe. The Aussie version will be 1800mhz 4G and 850mhz hspa+ I know these frequencies are rarely seen on the same network but hspa+ is fast enough you won't need the 4g. Plus added battery bonus. Also it will be expensive.
I have a titan 1 and it is awesome except that the the aluminium is easily scratched. I suggest find a deal on this and wait for wp8 to push some awesome hardware to your area.

Yeah SkyDrive... Especially now that they dropped their free storage down to 7 gigs! Glad I got on board when I did... Still think MS should've left it at 25gb free for WP users. Gives incentive to adopt the platform...

podsnap says:

That's a really good idea, you should send that idea to Ben the PC guy (or the WP team).
Perhaps now that they've dropped it down, they can make a big show of "Get 25GB free SkyDrive with every Windows Phone"
Not that they will of course, that would be good marketing and we all know that isn't what MS do! *sigh*

dangish says:

Yeah... 90% of the SkyDrive users barely used 10gbs...

ejlee072006 says:

Damn... I want to see this phone in person

GonzoMcGee says:

Looks similar to my Lumia 710. I like it.