Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is a superb mid-end Android smartphone. It is the very first mid-range smartphone from Samsung to have dual-core processor. Samsung has wonderfully incorporated a number of innovative and attractive features in this smartphone that too without making it very expensive. It is indeed a perfect choice for those people who want a powerful smartphone, but for an affordable price. At present, the Galaxy Ace 2 handset loaded with amazing features is available in the market for as low as Rs. 18,000. Now, let’s take a peek into review of some of the vital features of the smartphone.
In spite of the fact that the handset is made mostly of plastic material, Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 has a very aesthetically pleasing looks. It measures just 118.3 x 62.2 x 10.5 mm in dimension and weighs merely 122 grams, making it slimmer than the original Ace and a bit more compact than the Galaxy S device. The handset features a slightly patterned tapered back along with rounded edges. The compact phone fits very comfortably in the hands of the users, and the device has been designed in such a manner that it can be operated with one hand effortlessly.
As usual, this Samsung smartphone too features three keys beneath the display, among which one is physical Home key in the middle and the other two are capacitive buttons (Menu and Back) that are located on the either side of the Home key. The power/lock button is placed on the right side of the device, which would come directly under your thumb. Plus, on the right side there is a hot swappable microSD memory card slot protected with a plastic cover. At the same time, on the left side of the handset you will find the volume rocker. There is a 3.5mm standard audio jack on the top of the handset, while at the bottom side it features a USB port and a mic pinhole.
The smart little handset sports a huge 3.8-inch WVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen display, which is really a very impressive screen size for a mid-range smartphone. Samsung has also improved the screen resolution to 480 x 800 pixels when compared to the original Ace’s screen resolution of just 320 x 480 pixels. The better screen resolution and an impressive pixel density of 246ppi together have resulted in a very crisp and clear display. Images and texts looks remarkably sharp and vibrant even under sunlight. Plus, the screen sports reasonably good viewing angles.
In addition, the Galaxy Ace 2 device comes equipped with various display features like Multi Touch, Ambient Light, and Proximity Sensor. With this display, the device supports HD video capturing and playback (1280 x 720 pixels), which ensures you an unbelievable video viewing experience. Moreover, users can enjoy better web-surfing, easy reading of documents, enhanced gaming & messaging experience on this larger and clearer display.
Android Gingerbread with TOUCHWiZ v4.0 UX
One of the major drawbacks of the smartphone is that it still runs on the outdated Android 2.3 Gingerbread Operating System. Sadly, there is no word yet on whether the phone’s OS will be updated to Android 4.0 ICS or latest Jelly Bean in coming period or not. However, Samsung has included its own TouchWiz 4.0 User Interface in the Galaxy Ace 2 device. The easy-to-use interface offers a number of attractive features and shortcuts that will appeal to both first time smartphone users as well as die-hard handset fans in the same manner.
The TouchWiz 4.0 UI delivers real time information and also updates them constantly. Users can customize the most used features and apps on the home screen. Plus, the best part is that you can have up to seven home screen panes. The innovative Motion UX (User Experience) also enables the smartphone users to jump between different homescreen panes simply by swiping to either left or right side. The notification area offers quick toggles that provides direct access to some important functions like Bluetooth, WI-Fi, silent mode, GPS, and screen auto-rotation from anywhere in the interface.
Processor and Memory
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 device is powered by a robust dual core 800MHz processor coupled with 768MB of RAM, which guarantees excellent performance. The powerful processor allows the users to enjoy multitasking, speedy web browsing experience, and even fast download speed. Moreover, the smart CPU manages the power consumption across different apps so that your smartphone conserves energy and works efficiently, which ultimately helps in maximizing your smartphone’s functionalities. When it comes to the storage capacity, the handset offers 4 GB of internal storage space, which can be further expanded up to 32 GB with the help of a microSD card.
Galaxy Ace 2 comes equipped with a 5 MP rear facing camera that can capture impressive pictures at a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1920 pixels. The camera supports various useful additional features like Autofocus, LED Flash, geotagging, smile and blink detection, exposure compensation, etc. Plus, the camera offers a number of shooting and scene modes to choose from, for example – Smile Shot, Panorama and Action Shot, which can capture fast-moving action shots with just a single click. Moreover, by activating the cartoon mode, you can convert your captured pictures into the jolly style of hand-drawn comics.
Unfortunately, it has been found that the camera is extremely slow to focus (especially indoors) and you are required to keep the phone steady all the time while shooting or otherwise you will get a blur image. The colors appear washed out and the images lack contrast. Still, colors are well balanced and images have decent amount of details, making the smartphone a good shooter. The device is also equipped with a front facing camera for video calling/conferencing. The rear camera has the ability to capture 720p videos at 30 fps, while the front camera can shoot VGA videos. Users can make use of the various effects while shooting videos also, but there is no touch focus.
Connectivity and Battery
Sasmung Galaxy Ace 2 device includes a number of connectivity options. It has dual-band 3G, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, and HSPA that provide speeds up to 5.76 Mbps uplink and 14.4 Mbps downlink. Plus, the device supports Bluetooth 3.0 for fast local file transfers, DLNA, microUSB connector, Wi-Fi b/g/n support, a Wi-Fi hotspot option, and Wi-Fi Direct with which you can transfer files to other compatible device without wanting an internet access point.
An app called AllShare, along with DLNA, allows the users to stream content like movies, music and photos on any other Samsung AllShare devices like TV or Blu-ray player. Under the hood, the device sports a powerful lithium-ion battery of capacity 1,500mAh. It provides around 8 hours of talk time in 3G mode and about 640 hours of stand-by time. With this battery, the device can last about day and a half with normal usage on a single charge. Hence, it can be said that this mid-range device’s battery life is good.
Samsung has incorporated its very own instant messaging service called ChatON in Galaxy Ace 2 device too. It uses contact numbers in place of usernames and passwords. This messaging service lets the users to have single or multi-person conversations, multimedia file sharing, and more. With the help of an app called ‘Now Player’, the smartphone users can watch three live channels and famous programs of TV for absolutely free of cost that too without logging in. The device also supports Social Hub, which combines all your email accounts with social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook & Linkedln, and displays all the incoming messages in one single list that has helpful shortcuts to reply, mark as favorite, and so on.
The Music Hub enables the users to browse music online. You can preview songs and then if you want you can buy tracks or whole albums. The Music Hub is also integrated with sharing functionality so that users can share their favorite music tracks with friends who have Music Hub enabled device. Lastly, the device supports Game Hub, which is a boon for all those people who just love playing variety of games on their smartphone. Here, you can find and buy a number of games from almost all genres. Plus, you can try the games before you decide to buy them. In short, Galaxy Ace 2 is an amazing mid-range smartphone that can make your life much easier and interesting.
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