Samsung Galaxy Ace 2

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The Ace 2 sits between the budget and the mid-range smartphones, and offers an appealing 3.8" WVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen, an 800MHz dual-core processor and a 5-MP camera with LED flash

THE GOOD

Fun as well as functional, expandable memory, 720p HD video recording ability, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and HSDPA

THE BAD

Android 2.3, not 4.0, the browser is limited, and the speakers could be better positioned

8.5out of 10 read review

User Reviews (28)

8 read reviews
Talk Time
Standby Time
Network (Band)Quad GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Operating SystemAndroid 2.3
Software Memory768 MB RAM
Display Resolution480 x 800 pixels
Display Size3.80 inches
Display Colours
Dimensions118.3 x 62.2 x 10.5mm
Weight122g
GPSYes
Camera Resolution5.0 megapixels
Video CameraYes
Camera FlashYes
Camera Features5-megapixel, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, geo-tagging, and face and smile detection
DataAir Interface GSM/HSDPA
Browser
Bluetooth3.0
TV OutNo
TouchscreenYes
Memory CardmicroSD and up to 32 GB
Internal Memory4 GB
MMSYes
E-mailYes
JavaYes
Wi-FiYes
8.5out of 10

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.

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8

This is a powerful phone that doest almost everything. It is highly customizable even in program level. Bought this last week, excellent phone.

9out of 10

hi freinds! i've been using this phone for 2 weeks and it is the best handset that i've ever bought. it is very versatile as you can download a lot of apps. i installed a lot of them but it still works great, no lags or freezing experienced.

9out of 10

A relatively new phone considering it has just been released early this year. It lives up to the Samsung reputation of superb screen quality. Was just disappointed with the camera though.

8out of 10

it just have the right size. Not so big and not so small either. It Is easy to hold and grip. And it could fit anywhere too! The best thing about it is its battery! It could actually last long and this feature really is a must for me because I am always on the go.

8out of 10

this phone is the definition of excellence..! simple and powerful. the way i like it.

9out of 10

It has a dual-core processor and a big screen. The problem is its OS is not that updated.

8out of 10

pretty good phone, i like screen quality and the feature specs.

8out of 10

It is fast, thin, and good looking. Its very good and it is a nice choice to buy this phone.

8out of 10

There is something wrong with the speakers of this phone and the interface seems laggy. Hope I can fix this.

7out of 10

For me, it is expensive but it has good resolution and a decent size of the screen where I can easily view what’s written.

8out of 10

For me id rather choose Sony Experia P, because it has a lot more internal memory and more mega pixels, but the Samsung galaxy ace 2 ain’t a bad phone.

6out of 10

This phone is absolutely great for its price class, 4gb internal storage is enough just for all the applications and games I wanted to have.

8.5out of 10

I bought this phone last week, the reason I buy this mobile was battery back up, it is so good and fantastic for me it is so perfect.

8.5out of 10

Nice phone cute enough for me, and it has a simple browser application that I can enjoy so much, specially the android it manage to have a good.

8out of 10

I’m very satisfied with this galaxy Ace2, very nice handset, the talking time is continuously for 9 hours on net calling, even though there is no any question of heating of mobile.

8.5out of 10

The Galaxy Ace 2 is a great medium range phone. It does a great job at making things easier for me. I just wished that the battery would last longer. Ace 2's battery is only 1500 which is not good for dual core cpu. it eats battery like hell.

8out of 10

The Xperia sola has an incapable and non-removable 1320mghz battery which is not enough for a day's use. I have a friend who has that. He uses a power saver which affects the performance of the phone greatly. The Xperia P's White Magic on the other hand makes photos lose their contrast and brightness. Also, its battery and memory is not enough for me.

8out of 10

I bought this phone last week. The season I buy this mobile was battery back up. Now after using the mobile for 1 week I found the battery backup is extremely fantastic I am getting backup for 30+ hour with continues wifi on and browsing plus 30 min of call and Sms. I like the design and specially print calling camera is wrikling perfect with Skype and tango.

8out of 10

This phone has 4gb internal memory and a large part of it is used by the phone, just like how it works with the PC with its virtual RAM. I recommend using only 1gb of the memory, else it's gonna take its toll in performance.

8out of 10

Good phone. Battery is really good. I downloaded a lot of games and statyed on for 2 hours and it's still the same. Charged it for 3 hrs and it is already full. I like it. Battery is the most important thing to me.

9out of 10

I’m from Philippines, I already had this phone for about 2 months had a problem recently when I used to install locker and launcher, it always hanging and I decided to put it in original theme, camera has no zoom and slow when capturing but all in all it performs well, now I’m just waiting for the update JB.

7out of 10

As long as my device is running the way I am expecting it. I don't care even if it runs Froyo. Besides Ace 2 is being rumored to get JB skipping the ICS. Don't know for sure. Lets hope it does. Of course its 12000 cause its inferior to Ace2 and the price of Ace2 is not 18K.

8out of 10

The greatest drawback of Ace2 is its text editing. It is so difficult to position the cursor to the text position for editing. There is no directional arrows in Samsung Keyboard to shift the cursor character by character or by word. Those with huge finger size will understand our plight.

8out of 10

Mate, I already buy this phone. I Compared it with HTC One V for almost a month and I choose this phone although it still android 2.3 out of the box. From the Gsm Arena review, it beats the one v in various bench mark test. Lin pack Test, Sun spider Test, and Browser mark test.

8out of 10

Android 4 only can make a phone high end midrange not like ace 2 which will stuck on gingerbread. soon most apps will be ics optimized or jb then what will you do, think of it! By the way the screen is excellent, very powerful single core with s2 snapdragon chipset, front camera, unbeatable price.

8.5out of 10

Well, this phone is actually okay. I mean, for calling and texting purposes. It may have its downsides but these do not really affect the main reason why mobile phones were invented in the first place. If you are not so particular about this phone not having any zoom or it having not much storage capacity and memory, then it will be okay for you.

7out of 10

It’s a nice phone to use it has a fast performance and quick response touch screen. The battery life is quite good can last for a long use and HD video is very good quality.

8out of 10

I really love this phone the features is good, both camera and sound have a good quality and the most I like fast wifi connective.

8out of 10

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