Dual Core on a Budget
If you’re on a budget but don’t want to cheap out when it comes to phone features, then the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is an excellent choice. The dual core processor means smooth browsing and the high tech camera takes fantastic pictures. However, the price on contract and SIM is not that competitive which means, although it is a great budget phone, the wider appeal becomes limited. And those who are dedicated to Android will be disappointed to learn that it runs on Gingerbread, rather than the latest Ice Cream Sandwich. Despite this, the Galaxy Ace 2 gets a rating of 4 out of 5.
Powering the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 from the inside is an 800MHz processor. Whilst this may not sound very powerful, the dual core chip means that despite its low power, everything runs extremely smoothly. The responsiveness and speed of the app select and menu browsing was found to be quick, whilst surfing the web also didn’t present any problems in terms of speed.
The call quality of the Galaxy Ace 2 was extremely good as there were no problems with hearing or being heard during calls. The loudspeaker was also impressively clear, even in a crowded area, and it will do well for playing movies and music out loud.
Although there is only 4GB of built in memory, this can be increased easily thanks to the microSD card slot that is features on the side of the handset.
As far as batteries for smartphones go, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is average, which means that it will need a full charge at least every night if you are a moderate to heavy user.
The 5 megapixel camera is comfortably positioned on the back of the handset, and there is also a tiny LED flash positioned under the lens which does well to light up any darkened rooms. There is also a decent front facing camera which is a welcome addition for video calls considering the cheap price. However, there is no physical camera button which means that you will have to get used to the touch button on screen instead.
Although the camera is somewhat lagging in its speed, there was a couple of seconds between pressing the button and the picture actually being taken, the actual quality of the photos was surprisingly decent. The quality of videos was also very good, and the wide lens was able to capture a large amount of detail.
If you’re looking for a new handset on pay as you go and want to spend less than £200, then the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is a good place to start if you want to keep the good features of smartphone. The advantages of this phone is that although it might not look good, it has a good amount of power behind it, a crystal clear screen for easy reading and an excellent audio quality. And although it may not be running on Ice Cream Sandwich, the Gingerbread operating system does a very good job at keeping up with the times.