Quite recently, a certain Samsung Focus 2 went on sale at AT&T for $49.99 on a new, 2-year contract. The idea? A Windows Phone 7.5 Mango successor to the original Focus, but only in white, with 4G LTE connectivity. However, in my time testing the Focus 2 unit sent to me by AT&T’s PR family, I found that not only that the Focus 2 is not as compelling at first as the Focus Flash was, what I deemed the best low-budget Windows Phone, but it also lacks the true 4G LTE speeds it purportedly has access to; never once have I experienced the same LTE-class speeds on the Focus 2 like I have on the Nokia Lumia 900, both in anecdotal and speed tests.
Samsung Focus 2 Gallery
Still, the 4-inch Super AMOLED display is quite impressive, the 5 megapixel camera capable of taking decent shots and 720p HD video, and the battery life is quite suitable to be used on a daily basis. What I did not like was the visible light leaking on the touch sensitive buttons because of the brilliant white exterior and the small 8GB of storage space, albeit it can be expanded by using a micro SD card.
But be honest, Stefan: where are you going to find this much quality for a $50 smartphone? Turns out, it’s (still) solely an AT&T and Samsung affair.