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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.
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is a pretty good budget buy handset. Like all budget mobiles it has its ups and downs, but the good screen and capable processor give it a lift. If your budget hovers around £200 it should have a place on your shortlist.
Pros: Good battery life, Nice screen, A comfortable size for hand and pocket
Cons: Android 2.3, Bland design, Tinny sound through speakers
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 offers significant spec upgrades over its predecessor, including a bigger screen and more powerful dual-core processor. It makes for a friendly and fairly feature-complete intro to Android. However, its OS is out of date, resulting in less-than-lightning-fast operation and its pricing could be more competitive.
Pros: Decent screen, Good camera with solid macro skills, Wi-Fi Direct
Cons: Uninspired design, Outdated OS version, Autofocus can be slow
Excerpt: If you're about to buy a mid-range phone, then you'll more than likely be glad of the help from sites such as Pocket-lint, because it is, without doubt, the most confusing part of the market. At the high-end, with phones like the Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X and, of course, the iPhone, things are simple. These are all good phones, and each one will be a pleasure to use.
Pros: Decent price, sturdy, responsive, good battery life
Cons: Average camera, very limited internal storage
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.
Conclusion: Samsung’s Galaxy Ace 2 packs a lot of value considering its low asking price. The dual-core processor can ably handle apps and games, the larger-than-standard 3.8-inch touch-screen is great for texting, emailing and browsing the web, and the five-megapixel camera is a strong budget offering
Pros: Smooth TouchWiz interface, powerful budget processor, responsive and spacious touch-screen, decent five-megapixel camera