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Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review: In Depth
5 December 2013
Conclusion: While we don’t love its swollen physique, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 packs a great screen, zippy processor, good camera and a host of customisations inside the user interface that help in day to day use. Samsung’s skin, TouchWiz won’t be for everyone, but the version on the Galaxy Ace 2 is a huge improvement to that found on the original Ace. At £240, it’s also priced competitively giving you a whole lot of smarts for your stirling.
Pros: Sharp screen, Speedy processor, Solid camera
Cons: Uninspired design, Gingerbread, Small internal memory
Excerpt: The amount of smartphones that Samsung has on the market is huge. In every segment it has several different models, so it's not shocking if you can't keep up with each release. The Samsung Ace 2 is a smartphone for the middle segment, for an average price of around £185. Hardware.Info tested the phone to find out how well it performs.
Conclusion: At the end of the review, we think we are ready to answer the two most important questions about the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160. The first one's "Is it worth the asking price?" and it couldn't have been a more resolute "yes". Indeed, the new Samsung mid-ranger offers so much for its modest price tag that it's hard to resist.
Pros: Quad-band GSM /GPRS/EDGE support, 3G with 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, 3.8" 16M-color capacitive LED-backlit PLS TFT touchscreen of WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels), Android OS v2.3.7 Gingerbread, planned Android 4.0 ICS update, Dual-core 800 MHz Cortex-A9 CPU, 768MB RAM, Mali-400 GPU, NovaThor U8500 chipset, 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geotagging, Multi Angle shot, 720p video recording @ 30fps, VGA front-facing camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA, Bui...
Cons: No Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, All plastic construction, NovaThor U8500 is the least powerful of the dual-core offerings on the market, No screen and capacitive key haptics
Conclusion: The Galaxy Ace 2 could have become a bestseller for Samsung, with the notable exception of a more distinctive design. The compact size and good PLS LCD screen will be a boost for the everyday interaction with your smartphone, whether you are in or outside, and the dual-core processor under the hood will make sure you don't feel underpowered.
Excerpt: Samsung Galaxy Ace was one of those phones that made people fall in love with Android and for an affordable price too. The midrange handset competed with the likes of HTC Wildfire S and LG Optimus One but they didn’t stand a chance against its more powerful hardware, not to mention more stunning design – even though it looked a lot like an iPhone. Samsung decided to follow it up by releasing Galaxy Ace 2.
Summary: For pay as you go budget buyers, the Galaxy Ace 2 is a great all-rounder, with a dual-core chip and an excellent camera. It's not so competitively priced SIM-free or on contract so its appeal is limited. Android enthusiasts may be disappointed to hear it runs on Gingerbread software, rather than the newer Ice Cream Sandwich.
Cons: Android Gingerbread not Ice Cream Sandwich; Camera is slightly laggy.
Excerpt: Since the launch of the original Samsung Galaxy Ace back in March 2011, the Korean tech giant has now managed to release its third version of the Galaxy Ace Android smartphone . Here is our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. See also: Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 vs Galaxy SIII vs Galaxy Note II comparison review .
Excerpt: As befits a budget smartphone, the Ace 2 is relatively light and slight. It measures 118.3x62.3x10.5mm and weighs just 118.5g. The more expensive SIII takes things up a notch in terms of overall size and weight, but is remarkably thin and light for a big phone, at just 8.6mm and 133g. It's chassis measures 71x137mm in 2D terms.
Excerpt: Sitting firmly between entry-level devices and the mid-tier market, the Ace II X is a solid, though far from cutting-edge, mobile device. It features a 4-inch screen at 480-by-800 pixels, a 1-GHz processor, 4GB of storage and Android Jelly Bean. Support for lower bands of 4G LTE service provides snappy on the go browsing as well.