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Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

Tackling the space between the entry- and mid-market handsets

Contacts

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

With the intuitive yet uninspiring combination of Google's Android 2.3 OS and Sammy's TouchWiz 4.0 UI running the show, the Ace 2's contacts features are much of the same with the generic Android fair offering a simple, intuitive collection of features that allow for ease of use but fail to set the device apart from an of its rivals.

With the handset's contact options accessible via a dedicated application shortcut that can be found in the centralised apps menu or pinned to one of the device's seven available homescreens, the Ace 2 sees the standard alphabetical sorting system list all stored contacts in a simple to navigate, well laid out manner.

Further enhancing the usability of the device, users can view communications histories for individual contacts.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

Although it is possible to port contacts from social streams such as Facebook to create a centralised port of communication between all friends, colleagues, family and general acquaintances, doing so annoyingly creates duplicates of contacts brought across from the SIM card and the assigned Google account meaning a time-consuming period of joining contacts is necessary to ensure a clean, efficient and user friendly contacts store is available.

Whilst it is simple to pair these duplicated contents, it is an annoyance that should be avoided and which will see a selection of replicated content and communication options remain despite a lengthy period of amends.

Somewhat easier is the process required to add a new contact with a simplistic, easy to follow entry form offering a fool proof method of input for intuitive use.

Calling

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

Despite a number of recent entry-level and mid-range smartphone offerings overlooking the basic calling aspects of the handset in favour of more advanced bells and whistles, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 partners a broad collection of impressive hardware features with an impressive base function.

Featuring strong signal and clear audio during calls, the Ace 2's calling features are let down only by the handset's lack of noise isolation characteristics that can result in background noises on occasion leaking through to calls and become overwhelming.

This was especially noticeable when the person on the other end of the line is in an area of busy, fast moving traffic or where it is windy. The basic Android dial features for call making away from the dedicated contacts list.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Service ProviderOrange
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SAR Value0.50 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyGalaxy Ace 2
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported2
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time16.30 Hour
Screen Size9.7 cm (3.8")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)118.5 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density246 ppi
Height118.3 mm
Width62.3 mm
Depth10.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time670 Hour
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameGalaxy Ace 2
Processor Speed800 MHz
Processor TypeNovaThor
Product LineGalaxy Ace 2
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeProximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberORGGALAXYACE2BLK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Samsung GALAXY Ace 2

GALAXY Ace 2 showcases upgraded smartphone features and premium usabilities in a highly desirable device with massive appeal. Powerful dual core processor and faster HSPA-driven downloading facilitate higher performance to satisfy multimedia / web users and social networkers alike. Large 3.8" display and slim form factor in a stylishly minimalist, comfortably portable design. Huge 4GB memory capacity and powerful battery also support extensive and extended usage. Outfitted with Full TouchWiz 4.0 UI including Motion UX, GPS / GLONASS combo for full global coverage navigation and smart NFC-enabled contactless transactions - incredibly cutting edge but entirely accessible.

Limited Warranty2 Year