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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.
Excerpt: Not everyone wants to spend a fortune on a top-end smartphone, and Samsung and the like - with the arguable exception of Apple - know that. At the same time, budget phones can make big compromises for price. The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is Samsung's stab at the perfect middle-ground phone, it's cheap on contract, and has everything that most people really need.
Summary: Tackling the space between the entry- and mid-market handsets
Pros: intuitive, friendly UI, impressive 5MP camera, zippy dual-core CPU, attractive, strong build, With a sleek, stylish design that is closer to the build quality and appealing feel of the former market leading Samsung Galaxy S2 than the budget likes of the Galaxy Y , the Ace 2 impresses from the off with a curvaceous finish that leads the way to an impressive collection of features. As the 800MHz dual-core processor runs the show with reality ease, the handset's inbuilt ...
Cons: Android 2.3 not 4.0, speaker placement, Samsung Apps offering, limited browser, Although this ease of use is appealing, it is hard not to be disappointed in Samsung's decision to fill the Ace 2 with the now dated Android 2.3 OS. Although not a bad setup, the lack of ICS innards makes the device feel dated before it is in full flow, and you'll have to wait for Jelly Bean. A largely impressive handset for the price, the Ace 2 could benefit from slightly speedier charge ...
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 offers some welcome improvements to the original model with its beefed up processor and larger screen, plus its rather impressive camera. It's a shame that it's using an old version of Android but it still offers a pretty good spec for the price.