Expert Review of Samsung Galaxy Ace 2
Samsung smartphones that silently crept into shelves of mobile stores dominate the smartphone segment today owing to the consumer friendly Android OS and pocket friendly price tags. Galaxy Ace that has already become a favorite of gen Y is upgraded to deliver more for less as in the form of Galaxy Ace 2. Upgraded to Android 2.3 (gingerbread) OS, a dual-core 800 Mhz processor, 768 Mb RAM (much higher than previous version) and Bluetooth 3.0 Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is sure to perform faster and handle more data/apps. It comes with 5MP flash camera that offers slightly better with video quality with HD video recording at 720p at 30fps. Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 measures 118.3 mm x 62.2 mm x 10.5 mm and sports a 3.8 inch touchscreen. The screen which makes most of the phone’s body is glossy and sports a magnificent display while TFT capacitive touch is smooth to use. Features like proximity sensor, Accelerometer and in-built compass account for ease of use.
User Interface and UI functionality
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is a full touch phone with PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen. The 3.8 inches of screen has a resolution of 480 X 800 pixels displayed in 16M colors. The display is marked with vivid colors and clarity while TouchWiz v3.0 UI ensures responsive touch operation. The screen size is enough to ensure uncluttered alphabets while typing. The phone offers to add multiple widgets to the homescreen without restriction on number and provides facility to add screens. It is a delight to look at and work on Galaxy Ace 2 screen.
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 doesn’t lay immense emphasis on music like Samsung Champ but nonetheless overall music experience meets Samsung standards. MP4/H.264/H.263 player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player, WAV ringtones, loudspeaker, stereo FM with RDS, 3.5mm jack, MMS, 2G and 3G network is available. Sound quality and loudness is quite good.
Pictures and Video quality
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 lets you flaunt a primary 5 MP camera with autofocus, LED flashlight, geo-tagging, face and smile detection system. A secondary VGA front camera is available. Image resolution is 2592 x 1944 pixels and it is capable of recording full HD videos at 720p at 30fps. Camera is definitely one of the reasons that lure you into buying Samsung Galaxy Ace 2.
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 supports 2G and 3G networks and data connectivity via GPRS and EDGE. The HSDPA 3G Internet connection offers a speed of 14.4 Mbps which makes surfing a pleasure on this phone. It comes with an in-built HTML browser. Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 also supports internet connectivity through Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi hotspot.
Internal and External Memory
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is loaded with 4 GB of internal storage capacity and 768 MB RAM that lets user load multiple applications that run only on internal memory and require high RAM. There’s also an option of extending memory using microSD to up to 32GB. With graphically advanced games and memory consuming apps, high RAM and internal memory are essential for a smartphone to perform well and Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 scores a perfect 10 here.
Applications and Gaming
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 comes with many handy apps preloaded for user convenience. To list a few there’s MP4/H.264/H.263 player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player, Organizer, Document editor, Image editor, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration, Voice memo/dial and Predictive text input (Swype). With high RAM, internal memory, graphics and dual-core processor, downloading and running apps does not seem an issue relevant to Samsung Galaxy Ace 2.
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 runs on a standard Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery. Although with Android smartphones battery life is generally an issue, with help of some power management apps users can churn out maximum life from battery.
2G network on Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 operates at GSM frequencies of 850/900/1800/1900 Hz while 3G network operates with HSDPA 900/2100 Hz. It also supports GPRS, EDGE, microUSB v.2.0 and 3.5 mm audio jack. Availability of Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi hotspot makes internet and data connectivity convenient and lets users exploit most out of Wi-Fi technology. Upgraded Bluetooth v.3.0 with A2DP makes data transfer through Bluetooth at lightning speed. GPA which is commonly used on mobile phones for navigation can be accessed efficiently through the A-GPS support and GLONASS offered by Samsung Galaxy Ace 2.
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 offers better RAM, internal memory, processor (dual-core) and display than its predecessor Samsung Galaxy Ace. However, some other competitors in market are LG Optimus Hub and Nokia 603. But for Android loyal users LG Optimus Hub poses a good competition to Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. However, LG Optimus Hub offers 256K colors, no camera flash, Qualcom processor, 150 MB internal memory and 512 MB RAM against 16M colors, flash, dual core processor, 4 GB internal memory and 768 MB RAM in Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 makes a splendid phone for its price with a minor hitch of small screen size. Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 offers better RAM, internal memory, processor (dual-core) and display than its predecessor Samsung Galaxy Ace. However, some other competitors in market are LG Optimus Hub and Nokia 603. But for Android loyal users LG Optimus Hub poses a good competition to Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. However, LG Optimus Hub offers 256K colors, no camera flash, Qualcom processor, 150 MB internal memory and 512 MB RAM against 16M colors, flash, dual-core processor, 4 GB internal memory and 768 MB RAM in Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. Much excitement around Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is that it is a dual core phone at an affordable price. Compared to other champions sporting this feature like LG Optimus 2x, Samsung Galaxy SII which are priced around/above 25K, Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 really promises more for its price. Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 makes a splendid phone for its price with a minor hitch of small screen size.