Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

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

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Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

Far from anything ground-breaking, the Galaxy Ace 2 features Samsung's now standard combination of Google's Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and the Korean company's own TouchWiz 4.0 UI.

The same combination of software that has featured on many past Samsung Galaxy devices, the Android, TouchWiz pairing is intuitive to use and offers a number of features, shortcuts and characteristics that will appeal to first time smartphone users and hardened handset fans alike.

As we mentioned above, this will be getting an Android Jelly Bean update in 2013, and we'll update the review when we get our hands on a new phone running the platform.

Offering quick-fire instant access to the most frequently required settings options, a widget-based settings menu lines up on one of the handset's seven available homescreens allowing users to quickly alter a bevy of options from Wi-Fi network settings and Bluetooth connectivity options to the screen's brightness and timeout periods.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

Although not the most unique software setup, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2's pairing of Google's 2.3 Gingerbread OS and the Samsung TouchWiz 4.0 user interface is one that will appeal to accustomed smartphone owners and first-time smartphone users alike, creating a device that is completely intuitive to use with a centralised menu offering instant one-click access to the full arrange of preinstalled and downloaded applications and services.

Thanks to the handset's 800MHz dual-core processor, the Ace 2's user interface is a nippy affair with the CPU combining well with a highly responsive 3.8-inch WVGA multitouch display for screen transitions that are smooth and zippy with little infuriating lag or performance depleting stuttering.

Allowing for quicker access to key handset details and messaging alerts, the Android standard pull-down notification menu offers speedy shortcuts to the most vital data, helping to keep the Ace follow-on running along smoothly.

Although this feature is available on all of the handset's Android filler rivals, it is a service that doesn't fail to disappoint.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Service ProviderOrange
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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
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
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 Address
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