Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

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

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Battery Life

Surpassing the tumultuous one day hump that plagues a number of smartphones with ease, the 1,500mAh lithium-ion battery incorporated within the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 will keep your mind at ease ahead of a heavy day's use or less taxing weekend away with the 7.5 hour estimated talk time and 640 hour stand-by time both running near enough true to the mark.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

Whilst the dual-core innards of the Ace 2 provide a more taxing, power-hungry environment for the battery, increasing the life source from the 1,350mAh offering found in the original Ace, Samsung has counteracted the increased drain with a bit to spare. On a negative front, the Ace 2 takes a considerable amount of time to charge.

We're expecting both of these points to improve significantly when the Jelly Bean update turns up, so check back in a few weeks if battery life is one of your concerns pre-purchase.

Connectivity

Moving across to the handset's connectivity options and the Ace 2 is again a classic example of the uniformity of Samsung's, and the wider industry's, collection of similarly specced Android devices, with no surprising inclusions or omissions standing out on the device.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

Playing host to the usual selection of options, the Ace 2's reasonable 3G options and impressive Wi-Fi offerings line up alongside 14.4Mbps HSDPA connectivity.

Elsewhere, Bluetooth 3.0 and a microUSB port offer alternative methods of transferring data to and from the handset.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

This microUSB connector also offers simple means of syncing the handset with a PC with users offered the option of using the computer to simple charge the device or alternatively set up file transfers. The Ace 2 can also act as a wireless hotspot for other Wi-Fi enabled devices.

Maps

As with all of its Android filled rivals, the Galaxy Ace 2 plays host to Google's iconic and hugely popular Google Maps software allowing you to track your location and find your way using handy point-by-point directions whether travelling by car, foot or public transport.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

Fast to lock on to a GPS signal, the Ace 2's mapping abilities are impressive with accurate, quick to update location data available through the app menu located Google Maps service.

Apps

Again benefiting from its Android innards, access to the Google Play store ensures Ace 2 users have access to the more than 600,000 Android applications in one centralised, easy to navigate and search location.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

One of the first Android handsets to launch following the rebranding of Google's application outlet, the former Android Market appears as the Google Play Store direct from the box without the need to enter and update the service to receive the latest app-based shopping experience.

For those not taken with the Google Play Store, Samsung offers its own alternative to the standard Android outlet in the form of Samsung Apps, a retail service that piggybacks off the Google service to provide a selection of Android apps at prices that can vary greatly from those on the Play Store.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

A prime example of the random, and often higher pricing structure of the Samsung Apps outlet is made apparent on all too frequent a basis with even the likes of the London underground TubeMap app from MX Data lining up pricier from the manufacturer's software store compared to on the user friendly Android market.

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