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Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

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

Surprising for a handset with such an appealing price point and less than revolutionary collection of specs, the video recording capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 are nothing to be sniffed at with strong recording rates, colour management and customisable features on offer.

Capable of shooting 720p HD video recording content at an impressive 30-frames-per-second, the Galaxy Ace 2's integrated video recorder produces strong video content with concerns of heavy pixelisation, motion blur and weak audio all forgotten following the first use that see's the middle of the road Samsung handset gain a foothold on a number of its competitors.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

Further bolstering the handset's video abilities, the device's inbuilt LED flash can be used to illuminate dark shooting areas whilst a selection of effects allow you to adopt the classic array of grayscale, sepia and negative shooting stances.

Despite the handset's strengths, the video capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 are not without fault. Lacking the contrast ratios and depth of colours of a selection of its high-end rivals, the Ace 2's video recorder produces results that are of largely block colours with content occasionally coming across more segmented than in real life.

On the plus side, however, the Ace 2's inbuilt microphone is surprisingly strong and capable of picking up a selection of background noises that add depth and atmosphere to videos whilst not detracting from the main subject matter.

As with virtually all smartphone-based video recorders, however, in areas of high winds, distortion to the captured content's audio can become a nuisance with no noise isolation to block it out.

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