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The Samsung Focus 2 will catch your interest

The deal-lover in me sits a little taller when I hear about a handset like the Samsung Focus 2. For $50, it offers essential smartphone functionality, plus 4G LTE speeds, a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, and some handy extras like a front-facing camera.

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Light it up

The Focus 2, which goes on sale May 20, comes in this glossy white hue. The backlit navigation buttons cast a stylish glow.

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Tailored look

I like the attention Samsung paid to the phone's design. Just one suggestion: rough up that butterfingers backing.

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Camera close-up

The 5-megapixel rear-facing camera took clear shots that I was happy to affix to e-mails and upload to social-networking sites. However, the sharpness level is set to medium by default, an annoying detail.

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Bottom

Plug in your standard Micro-USB charger here.

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Front-facing camera

There's a VGA camera up front, and Tango and Skype are two easy-to-download video chat apps.

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In profile

Optical illusions caused by the white color and curved silver accents on the spine make the Focus 2 look fatter than it is. At 0.5 inch thick, the width is completely typical. Read the full Samsung Focus 2 review for more details, photos, and a 360-degree video review.

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