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Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

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The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 currently has an Informr score of 9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 2 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The mid-range Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 has proven itself to be a good choice for those who don't want to spend too much on a smartphone and are looking for bang on their buck. It may not have the fastest multi-core processor, or even the latest version of the Android OS, but it somehow manages to shine amidst the great number of options available.

The Ace features a 3.8-inch 480x800 touchscreen display, 4GB storage, 768MB RAM, a 5MP camera, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Its wireless features include GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. The on-board “brain” which is supposed to keep things under control, is an 800MHz dual-core NovaThor U8500 CPU. Not the fastest, but capable enough.

Notably absent is NFC and wireless charging. And if you’re worrying about the default OS being a little outdated, you should know that an official upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is actually on its way.

The individual features may not be as great as some people might expect, but most reviewers agree the overall package is pretty solid.

Need to Know: Samsung Galaxy Ace 2

1. Default operating system can be upgraded from Android 2.3 Gingerbread to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. (The Good)

2. Lasts for nearly 8 hours of talk time on 3G with the standard battery. (The Good)

3. Uses one of the least powerful mobile processors available today. (The Bad)

4. Limited amount of RAM may present problems during heavy multitasking. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
800 MHz
Screen Size
3.8"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Expert Reviews

We really like the Galaxy Ace 2 and prefer it to the more expensive Galaxy S Advance. Yes, it has a smaller screen, but the Ace 2’s display is still big enough to watch video and browse the web comfortably. If we had to buy a new smartphone tomorrow, on a fairly tight budget, it would be the G...

- Andrew Unsworth, Expert Reviews
Pocket-lint

It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive and it's not the worst performer, nor is it the best. The Ace 2 is middle of the road, but that's a good thing. It's solid, works well and lacks the nonsense that drags other phones down. If you're offered this handset by your operator as an upgrade...

- Ian Morris, Pocket-lint


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Samsung released the Galaxy Ace 2 on May 22, 2012.


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Samsung backs up the Galaxy Ace 2 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
3.8"

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2's screen size is 3.8 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
800 MHz

There is a NovaThor U8500 Dual-core 800 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 28 days standby time, 980 minutes.

Galaxy Ace 2 Specs

Overview
Release date May 22, 2012
Regions available UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 14.4
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor NovaThor U8500 Dual-core 800 MHz
Internal Storage 4 GB
RAM 768 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.33 W/kg
Body: 0.59 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 980 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 28 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.3 x 6.0 x 1.0 cm (4.5 x 2.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 113 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.8 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Panorama, Self-portrait, Self-timer, Smile detection
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, Real Audio, WMA, OGG
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Polaris Office, ChatON, YouTube, Google Play Store)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung GT-I8160

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Expert Reviews

Once a brilliant buy, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is now a bit long in the tooth

from Expert Reviews

We really like the Galaxy Ace 2 and prefer it to the more expensive Galaxy S Advance. Yes, it has a smaller screen, but the Ace 2’s display is still big enough to watch video and browse the web comfortably. If we had to buy a new smartphone tomorrow, on a fairly tight budget, it would be the Galaxy Ace 2.

Read full review

We really like the Galaxy Ace 2 and prefer it to the more expensive Galaxy S Advance. Yes, it has a smaller screen, but the Ace 2’s display is still big enough to watch video and browse the web comfortably. If we had to buy a new smartphone tomorrow, on a fairly tight budget, it would be the Galaxy Ace 2.

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Pocket-lint

Mid-range superstar

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It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive and it's not the worst performer, nor is it the best. The Ace 2 is middle of the road, but that's a good thing. It's solid, works well and lacks the nonsense that drags other phones down. If you're offered this handset by your operator as an upgrade, you could do worse than accept.

Read full review

It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive and it's not the worst performer, nor is it the best. The Ace 2 is middle of the road, but that's a good thing. It's solid, works well and lacks the nonsense that drags other phones down. If you're offered this handset by your operator as an upgrade, you could do worse than accept.

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