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Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

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

Our Verdict

Exceeding expectation on multiple fronts, the second-generation would be a wise buy for any first time or returning smartphone owner.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 4 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 16.30 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 800

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For

  • intuitive, friendly UI
  • impressive 5MP camera
  • zippy dual-core CPU
  • attractive, strong build

Against

  • Android 2.3 not 4.0
  • speaker placement
  • Samsung Apps offering
  • limited browser

Whilst on most fronts running tried and tested Android fare means strong, well-rounded results, when it comes to smartphones' browsers, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 gets little in terms of benefits from the standard, pre-installed generic Android and TouchWiz UI browser.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

Far from spectacular, and with a limited collection of features, none of which set the device apart from its closest rivals that feature largely similar offerings, those not taken with the basic Android browser can download one of many improvements from the Google Play Store with the likes of Mozilla Firefox lining up for potential inclusion.

Whilst web pages are loaded in the blink of an eye when accessed over Wi-Fi means, using the handset's 3G capabilities to browse the web offers a slightly more jilted, albeit still impressive experience with pages loading in fits and bursts as opposed to in a single, smooth flowing motion.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

Although the handset's pre-installed browser has omitted user friendly text reflow functionality, in its place the Ace 2 renders text and images in double quick time when zooming in meaning you won't be stuck waiting for grainy content to clarify itself.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

A slight problem when zoomed in on a large section of text, however, is that scrolling through a web page or online article can prove slightly troublesome with the Ace 2's interface zipping through a page at such a rate of knots that it is all too easy to miss desired sections of content.

Making the browser a little more manageable and user friendly, users can access eight individually tabbed webpages simultaneously whilst the bookmarking system, available via a simple tap of the dedicated onscreen button next to the URL input bar, is efficient and easy to use.

As well as allowing you to bookmark your favourite pages, instant access to your most frequently visited sites and browser history is also available from the tabbed option.

Swype input features further assist in the appeasing user experience allowing you to enter URLs and search terms in a speedy, error free manner.

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
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density246 ppi
Height118.3 mm
Width62.3 mm
Depth10.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
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