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Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 expert review

The sleek, lightweight Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is a great successor to the original Ace, but can it compete with the HTC Desire and Sony Xperia range? Agent Emma gives the Ace 2 a thorough reviewing.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 expert review

The latest addition to the Samsung Galaxy Ace family, the Galaxy Ace 2 is a small, sleek phone with a large screen and a lightweight body. It is a great successor to the original Ace, which came out in February last year.

Ace 2 pros

  • Good build quality and a large, clear touchscreen
  • Expandable memory up to 32GB (microSD card)
  • NFC (Near Field Commination) supported, for wireless payments
  • Dual core processor, for better multitasking and faster performance
  • A replacement battery can be purchased if needed

Ace 2 cons

  • Plastic back feels a bit flimsy
  • Built-in speaker sounds tinny when playing music at louder volume
  • Processing memory (RAM) is slightly low for the power of the phone

Ace 2 design

When you first see the phone, you will notice the elegant design of the handset; it is very lightweight, slim and fits in your hand just right. The touchscreen is capacitive, this means that

the phone is fluid to the touch and is very responsive. However, colours appear washed out when you compare the screen clarity to the previous model. I find that the touch-sensitive buttons are not as responsive as the rest of the phone.

Ace 2 hardware

The specifications at a glance:

  • Dual core NovaThor U8500 800MHz processor
  • 4GB storage, 2GB useable storage and 768MB RAM
  • TFT capacitive 3.8 inch screen 480x800 pixels
  • 5MP camera with auto focus, face and smile detection and an LED flash
  • Front-facing VGA camera
  • Video recording 720p HD
  • Android Gingerbread 2.3 OS

So what’s new about the Ace 2 that makes it an upgrade on the previous model? Well there are a few differences; one is how the phone looks. The slim Ace 2 is less bulky than the original Ace, and it has a bigger screen at 3.8" instead of 3.5", which makes it better for web browsing and movie watching. There is also a lot more going on under the hood than the previous model. The internal memory of the phone has increased from a small 158MB to 4GB storage. Also, with the addition of a second camera, you can now enjoy video calls via services like Skype, whereas on the original Ace you cannot.

How does Ace 2 compare to other handsets in its price range?

For the price point of £260 you can have a Nokia Lumia 710, which is a different Operating System to the Android-powered Ace 2. In terms of specification, the Ace 2 is a far superior phone to the Lumia 710. The Ace 2 is lighter, faster, has a front-facing camera and an expandable memory. The camera on the Ace 2 is quite impressive considering the Megapixel count. When using the camera, the lens focuses very quickly on the object you want to capture a snap of. When the picture has been taken the colours are very clear and true to the object.

Ace 2 software

The software on this particular handset is Android Gingerbread 2.3. This version is very responsive and allows you to move fluidly through lots of applications. I was keen to see how the software handled some quite graphically-intense games like Asphalt, which is a driving game. I have to say the quality of the screen did let the overall graphics down, but the phone handled the game well none-the-less. The speaker quality is not bad, but if you’re in a large room you might struggle to hear it.

Galaxy Ace 2 - Agent verdict

All in all the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is a great mid-range smartphone for the price bracket. Despite the short comings in speaker quality and plastic back cover, this phone is great for a first time smartphone user. I really like this handset and think it fits comfortably in your hand if you have small hands like me and struggle to hold bigger smartphones.

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