Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview
Introduction:

The reason you should be very interested in the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is that it could turn out to be one of the best value-for-money Android offers this season.

While the original Ace was a very decent phone for its bucks last year, the Ace 2 is quite on the way to cover that ground this year as well. It has a decent size screen with good resolution, slightly underclocked yet dual-core processor, and 5MP cam with flash plus a front-facing camera.

Indeed you can't ask for much more from what will likely be a lower mid-range Android device this year. We  ran a prototype unit of the phone through its paces, so read on our preview for the initial impressions...


Design:

Nothing out of the ordinary can be said about the design. It is made with the usual for Samsung black plastic, with slightly patterned tapered back, and rounded corners.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview

You can compare the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The phone lies well in the hand, and is not overly thick or heavy. The power/lock button is comfortably placed on the right, directly under your thumb, facilitating one-handed operation.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 lies well in the hand - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 lies well in the hand - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 lies well in the hand - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 lies well in the hand


This button, along with the volume rocker on the left, and the physical home key are easy to feel and with good feedback.

Volume key and microSD card slot (left) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview

Volume key and microSD card slot (left)

3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview

3.5mm jack (top)

Power key (right) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview

Power key (right)

microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview

microUSB port (bottom)

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2


Back - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview

Back

Rear camera - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview

Rear camera

Battery compartment - Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview

Battery compartment



Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Preview
Display:

The 3.8” PLS LCD display on the Samsung Ace 2 is of above average quality for the phone's category. The colors are vibrant, it is bright enough for use in sunlight, and sports very good viewing angles. The  480x800 pixels resolution here translates to 246ppi pixel density, which is also above average, and you'd be hard pressed to call any interface elements jaded or pixelated.


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18 Comments

1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Love it.I want it to replace my buggy Galaxy R. The screen is always unresponsive,and I just sended it in for repair.

2. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Good for a budget phone thats for sure, Almost as some of last years top ends

3. JBz007

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

This looks almost identical to the "Alleged Samsung Galaxy S3" that was posted on here today. Just not as stretched. Very interesting...

4. Filly

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

My next phone! In Europe u can buy this starting from just 260€ ! @Phonearena: In the Pictures and in the Video it seams that the Brightness of the Display isn't that high. Can u confirm this?

11. Daniel.P

Posts: 126; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

It's good enough, but we previewed a prototype unit and had to turn up the brightness with the Android control widget instead of Settings, so we'll have more on brightness in the final review :-)

12. Filly

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Thank you very much

5. Mube1

Posts: 153; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

I will still prefer s.e neo v,design is better than ace 2 and best value for money and +point neo will get ics very soon;-)

6. Mube1

Posts: 153; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

I will still prefer s.e neo v,design is better than ace 2 and best value for money and +point neo will get ics very soon;-)

7. Mube1

Posts: 153; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

I will still prefer s.e neo v,design is better than ace 2 and best value for money and +point neo will get ics very soon;-)

8. ultras

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

does it have gorilla glass ?

14. madrl

Posts: 1; Member since: May 07, 2012

madrl What about Gorilla Glass or other protection of the screen? It is omission or intension from the producer? Thanks for reply LM

15. jakes2312

Posts: 1; Member since: May 19, 2012

when does this fun come out in the usa and how much will it cost?

16. DebaterX

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

PhoneArena, can you please run the other benchmarks like Linpack, nenamark2, pi, sunspider, browsermark, etc as well. This will help us readers a bit more in deciding between this and other midrange dual core phones. Nice preview BTW. Eagerly waiting for the review.

18. b0g23

Posts: 14; Member since: May 26, 2012

17. Vrils

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

i`ve seen it in store, it`s 10-15 euro more than Xperia U even if Xperia U looks better, at that price i have to go for Samsung

19. b0g23

Posts: 14; Member since: May 26, 2012

yes this is true, but the new models of sony has problems with battery life, they are very hungry :D

20. rento113

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 16, 2012

Ace 2 ITS awesome phone!!!

21. b0g23

Posts: 14; Member since: May 26, 2012

Daniel.P from phonearena, when do you make an review at this model?
GALAXY Ace 2
  • Display 3.8" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7.50h 3G talk time)

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