Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 – An Improvement?

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is a sequel, an update if you will. This means that users are expecting an improvement on last year’s model. Slim and bright eyed with a flashy display, and loaded with the usual Samsung hubs, will it prove to be a game changer or a disappointment?

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2

The first thing you will notice about the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 when you pick it up is the poor quality feel of its meshed back. Okay, we know it is coming in at a mid-price level (compared to the top level phones out there that proclaim to be smart) but we just don’t feel that this kind of finnish screams luxury, or even quality. A small issue, maybe, but it certainly left us feeling a little letdown. We wanted smooth and sleek to the touch and we didn’t get it.

 The first thing you will notice about the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 when you pick it up is the meshed back
Compared to the origional Ace the new Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 has a more rounded finnish than it’s predecessor, which does give it a sleeker look. It is a little heavier at 122 grams compared to the origional at 113 grams, but still lighter than an iPhone 4S. It has exactly the same camera spec as the first Ace, with 5MP coming as standard. We were anxious to see how it coped with shot taking so we put it through its paces a little.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 packs a what seems to be standard 5 megapixel camera

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 packs a what seems to be standard 5 megapixel camera

We found the camera to not be shamefully poor (it is still difficult to argue that 5MP on a phone is poor quality) but the fact that the shutter speed has not improved in any major way since the first Ace is a tiny problem. Users of a phone like this are social animals, and the snaps they want to get rely on fast moving shutters. There is a little lag between shots. But credit where credit is due, the picture quality was sharp and clear enough to make those shots worthwhile.



Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 – Dual Core CPU

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 packs a Dual Core 800MHZ CPU

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 packs a Dual Core 800MHZ CPU

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 comes packed with a dual core 800 MHz processor, which is pretty powerful stuff for a phone at this mid-range level. And this helps provide a smooth and seemless experience when using apps, playing games etc. The dual core processor helps to provide a real feel of multi-tasking, as apps flip and swap all over the place. They’ve done a good job with the getting the most out of the CPUs capabilities, and this is something Samsung should be proud of. While we expect to see such zippy behavior at the top price level, having it on a mid range handset is a real bonus.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Operating System

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Operating System

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 did dissapoint as it lacks one extremely important component that would have lifted the Ace 2 way above the origional. We expected to see Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) on here at the very least, and as a mark of progress. However this is not the case. Instead of 4.0 Samsung for some unknown reason have opted for Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Obviously, this may mean that an update will be coming to the owners of this machine in the near future, but to not have it form the start is a little bit worrying.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Features

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Features

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Features


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Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 – Our Verdict

You get to choose from 1000s of the Android apps that make Android Smartphones so popular for social activities, and overall we like the look of the handset. Sleeker than the first Ace (apart from that poor quality back mesh) and sexier. However for us no Ice Cream Sandwich is probably a deal killer, unless Samsung are going to up date the Ace 2 soon after release maybe this handset will get lost in the crowd.

Samsung, please take note. Your customers will expect the latest operating system.

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