Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

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

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Although the Galaxy Ace follow-on plays host to its own MP3 loving music player and integrated video player, this is by no means a handset that has been designed and crafted with the media savvy in mind, more attuned to occasional, casual plays than heavy use and acting as a fulltime PMP replacement.

With the Galaxy Ace 2 playing host to just 4GB of internal storage, up considerably on the meagre 158MB of integrated storage found on its predecessor, those looking to use the device to store large amounts of media content can benefit from the optional microSD expansion that sees the handset capable of hosting up to 32GB of data.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

With the pre-installed MP3 music player located in the centralised apps menu, or via a shortcut icon placed on one of the handset's seven homescreens, disappointingly, unlike many of its rivals, the Android filled device does not feature an MP3 loving widget allowing for advanced, quick access to the device's musical abilities. The same limited access applies to the handset's video features.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

Playing host to the usual collection of MP3, MP4 and WAV media file types, the Ace 2's multimedia abilities, although slightly limited of largely impressive with the 3.8-inch WVGA 800 x 480p offering strong, vibrant playback whilst the inbuilt speaker exceeds expectations.

Outstripping the audio abilities of those offered by a number of the handset's closet rivals, the inbuilt speaker found on the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is capable of producing strong results with well-rounded, intricate tones being pumped out by the device.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review

Not quite the perfect inclusion, the handset's speaker isn't without its faults, however, distorting slightly at the top of its volume scale and coming unstuck when placing the handset down as its rear-mounted positioning causes it to become instantly muffled with output ability heavily diminished.

Thanks to the Galaxy Ace 2's Google branded innards, users can benefit from expansive YouTube integration with the standard video sourcing app paired with an optional homepage widget to allow you to get your daily fill of entertaining cats and epic fails in simpler fashion.

There's some more good news for UK dwellers too: Sky Go will be supported on the phone when it gets the update to Jelly Bean, meaning the chance to watch sports or films when your partner isn't looking.

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