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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

Exceeding the expectations laid out by its on-paper specs, the 5-megapixel rear-mounted camera found on Galaxy Ace 2 offers hugely impressive results with the integrated autofocus features, inbuilt LED flash and smile detection shooting further bolstering the handset's impressive bag of tricks and allowing for simple image capturing in all conditions.

With a shutter speed that can live up to more static panoramic shots, an attribute that is errant from a number of smartphone integrated cameras, users can also opt to activate the camera's autofocusing abilities simply by tapping on a desired area of the screen, a handy feature that works well to ensure your desired content is always in focus.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

Although the handset struggles with Macro shooting, not liking exceedingly close focal lengths, a strong collection of shooting modes counteract this niggle as the standard collection of scene modes (portrait, landscape, night, sports, fireworks, etc) are joined by the more advanced, an entry-level market breeching shooting modes.

Whilst the 'cartoon' option offers little in terms of impressive results, the Ace 2's 'panorama' features are some of the best on the market despite not functioning well off a steep incline, stitching images together perfectly to form impressive, expansive shots.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

For those wanting even more control over their handset's photographic capabilities, simplistic alterations can be made to the device's white balance, exposure value and ISO settings. Although only small customising changes can be made, it is easy to do and requires little faff or fuss.

Whilst shooting from dark into light can have mixed results, the Ace 2's integrated 5-megapixel camera is largely impressive with its light management skills with indoor use of the integrated LED flash not proving over powerful and simple whiting out snaps.

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The Galaxy Ace 2 manages to produce vivid colours

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The camera can cope with detail in the foreground and distance

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Lovely landscape shots a totally possible here

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Panorama works well, stitching images together perfectly to form impressive shots

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The Galaxy Ace 2 struggles a little in macro mode

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The Galaxy Ace 2 can take decent landscape shots

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Although the 'cartoon' option offers little in terms of impressive results

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Even in uneven light the Ace 2 manages to cope ok

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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