Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review

The original Ace was a very decent phone for its bucks last year, and 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 this year fits into the lower mid-range Android device category. Its only disadvantage seems to be that it comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but read on to see what you get...


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. Despite the unassuming exterior, the phone lies very well in the hand. It is not overly thick or heavy, but feels solid, and is very easy to operate with one hand.

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

The power/lock button is comfortably placed on the right, directly under your thumb, facilitating one-handed operation as well. This button, along with the volume rocker on the left, and the physical home key are easy to feel and with good feedback. There is a hot-swap microSD card slot on the right, too, protected with a plastic flap.


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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1. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 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

3. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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...

6. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 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.

7. Jabarkas unregistered

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.

9. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 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)

12. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Well, actually I CAN speak about battery life based on the specificications both OEMs give about their phones: 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.

8. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

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

5. Mafiatounes

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 13, 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.

15. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

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

21. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

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

23. me0613

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

The Ace 2 has an update to JB.

2. Jabarkas unregistered

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).

4. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

10. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1253; Member since: Aug 13, 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."

11. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

13. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

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

16. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

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

14. sylviaali

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

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

17. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

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

18. zianov

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 15, 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 !

19. ozziepete

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 09, 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??

20. azizul_samsung

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 26, 2013

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

22. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 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
  • 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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