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Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review

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Camera:

The 5MP shooter on the back of the Galaxy Ace 2 is accompanied by an LED flash, and is managed by the tried and true TouchWiz camera UI with its transparent menus that help you keep sight of the framing while tinkering with the options. There is the usual rich amount of shooting and scene modes to choose from, like Panorama, Smile Shot and Action Shot for fast moving objects. The Cartoon mode transforms your photo into the jolly style of hand-drawn comics, but there is a relatively poor number of additional effects you can apply.

Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review

Camera interface


The camera is very slow to focus, especially indoors, when it needs three or four seconds, and you have to keep steady all the time otherwise you get a blur. The colors are washed out and the pics are soft and lacking contrast in comparison with what you get from the HTC One V, for example. Still, the level of detail is about what one would expect from a 5MP shooter, and for the usual computer screen view they will do the job.

Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review

Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2


Indoors we get what your typical run-of-the-mill smartphone cam offers, i.e. nothing spectacular, with soft images, carrying pale colors. The sensor returned a pretty good low-light picture without the flash – a sharp photo for the class.

Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review

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Medium

Low light

Darkness with flash

Indoor samples


The phone shoots 720p HD video with 30fps, which should be sufficient for any casual footage. It has a decent amount of detail, yet the white balance is off at places, and the colors look oversaturated.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Sample Video:



Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Indoor Sample Video:




Multimedia:

We are met with the familiar TouchWiz music player on the Galaxy Ace 2, with its number of equalizer presets and sound modes, as well as the quasi-surround sound in headset mode. You can categorize tunes by albums, artists, folders and playlists, as well as chronologically, and even check the option to show lyrics, if those are available.

The TouchWiz music player on the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review
The TouchWiz music player on the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review
The TouchWiz music player on the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review

The TouchWiz music player on the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2


The handset plays most video files, including DivX/Xvid, up to 720p definition, and the video player has a pretty rich interface, which includes screen lock, subtitle support and screen brightness adjustments.

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posted on 05 Jul 2012, 04:28 4

1. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


Deserves that score.

This phone has issues:

1. Selling for $300+ (seriously?)
2. Poor camera (can be forgiven)
3. Unappealing design (can be forgiven)
4. Android 2.3 (what the hell)
5. Point number 4

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 05:00 6

3. TylerGrunter (Posts: 866; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Seriously? I think it will sell quite well.
I'm not ging to defend it defects (like still 2.3) but it has several things against the competition:
Over Sony Xperia Sola: much better battery life, front facing camera and more RAM.
Over HTC one V: dual core processor, front facing camera, better battery life, more RAM, NFC if you want it.
It's just Samsung tactic: they give better tech specs that the other phones in the range, not mojo or anything, just the old bang for the buck.
And I expect price to go down shortly to $250 as in Europe the price is 250 Euros.
Just my opinion, but I would be surprised if it sells bad. The old ACE was REALLY bad and it sold in droves...

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 06:26 2

6. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


You can't say for battery life. Xperia Sola too gives 1 and half days of usage.

The extra RAM is hardly making that big a difference, SLOWER processor

One V has a stable and smooth ICS, with the usable Sense UI too.

This phone would make sense when it sells at Xperia U price. You're right, a $250 would be the sweet spot.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 06:39 4

7. Jabarkas (Posts: 18; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


You are wrong. Xperia Sola and Galaxy Ace 2 have exactly the same processor (NovaThor U8500). The only difference is 200 mhz. That means GA 2 is underclocked probably for slightly better battery life. To be honest, it's more than probable, that both phones have more or less the same power.

On the other hand Xperia U is clearly a lower model.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 09:45 1

9. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


I write for a website with phones being my speciality. I already know about the ST-Ericsson Novathor chipset in both of them.

But that alone isn't criteria for battery life. It's the software loads that ultimately decide. Oh yeah screen size too (in case you forgot, Sony's lineup Sola and Xperia U have smalled LED displays)

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 12:42 3

12. TylerGrunter (Posts: 866; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Well, actually I CAN speak about battery life based on the specificications both OEMs give about their phones:
http://goo.gl/nDhqE
The battery times of the ACE are 50% higher in any account, that´s no joke.
That and the fact the Samsung is famous to optimize battery life. Sony is not bad either there, but they tend to use smaller batteries and that figures.
In this case ACE: 1500 mAh and Sola 1320 mAh.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 07:03

8. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


All consumers care these days are brand .
People will buy it BECAUSE it's a Samsung

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 05:31 6

5. Mafiatounes (Posts: 12; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


1. Here in the Netherlands and Belgium i can buy this device for 220€! That is a nice price for this device.
2. Camera well it is not a high end, but it could get better with updates maybe.
3. To each his own.
4. There was a video of a Ace 2 showing off stock ICS so it will come.

posted on 28 Jul 2012, 20:03 1

15. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


updates ? you kidding me ? thats not a high end device so you think samsung will care ?

posted on 18 May 2013, 14:01 1

21. PorkyBurger (Posts: 197; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Well, I guess SAMSUNG CARED. Then why Ace 2 has official JB?

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 09:04

23. me0613 (Posts: 10; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)


The Ace 2 has an update to JB.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 04:45 6

2. Jabarkas (Posts: 18; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


The review is nice, but I strongly disagree with the rating. In most aspects Ace 2 is better than its competitor - xperia Sola (which got 8/10).

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 05:03 4

4. TylerGrunter (Posts: 866; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


It will be one of those phones were customer reviews will be a lot higher than the PA rating. I'm not going to say that this one is better than the sola, but I'm with you, the difference is too big.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 10:31

10. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1046; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Samsung, do you even spend more than 5 seconds designing your phones anymore. "Umm... We'll make it black, rectangular, round edges. Add a little bit of chrome in there too! Ugh, we're so good."

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 10:34

11. saiki4116 (Posts: 325; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


A phone that covers every thing and wont burn a hole in your pocket.I was thinking of buying ACE2 or xperia U.The only thing that bugged me about the Xperia U is the lack of memory card expansion slot(you have to manage everything in the user accessible 4GB).I have used Xperia U in a mall,it flies through day to day tasks.The processor in Xperia U and ACE2 are same.When i saw the rating,I thought it might have had a large issue,After reading the review,I think that this phone certainly deserves more.

Seriously are you downgrading points for gingerbread?
Any how samsung's ICS is not that beautifull,I would go for CM9.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 11:44

13. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


^^ That is if we have a CM9 port for it.

posted on 01 Aug 2012, 12:55

16. saiki4116 (Posts: 325; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


if CM10(Jelly Bean) port exists for galaxy pop,fit why not CM9 available for a capable device like this...

posted on 28 Jul 2012, 00:15

14. sylviaali (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


plzzzzzzzzzz give an expert opinion which i s better n shud b bought Either is its smasung galaxy ace 2 or HTC One V..............im clueless ...........

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 02:41

17. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Specs and speed ace
Design , ui , camera , audio get one v
However I would get an Xperia u

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 15:45

18. zianov (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)


thX fOr all details :) guYs i reallY need help i'm cOnfused between the galaxY ace 2 and the galaxY W so all Opinions r welcOme thx peace !

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 10:27

19. ozziepete (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


does the galaxy ace 2 have MHL to HDMI support? and what brand of cable do one recommend? or is there any other way to connect to my HD TV??

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 09:02

20. azizul_samsung (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)


what is the price of Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 in Malaysia now?

posted on 18 May 2013, 14:06

22. PorkyBurger (Posts: 197; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Ahh, can't wait to get this phone. Costs only 180$, awesome (Yeah, and Sola costs 50$ more, dont mention Xperia P)! I love the design, hardware, OS (though, I am upgrading it to JB or CM, ASAP.) It's just brilliant for my budget, can't find a better alternative. Deserves a better score! SRSLY

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Samsung GALAXY Ace 2

Samsung GALAXY Ace 2

OS: Android 4.1.2 2.3.6
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Display3.8 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (246 ppi) Super PLS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Dual core, 800 MHz
768 MB RAM
Size4.66 x 2.45 x 0.41 inches
(118.3 x 62.2 x 10.5 mm)
4.30 oz  (122 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 16.33 hours talk time

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