The Samsung Galaxy Ace was a hit. Meanwhile, the successor to the market, which is a very good price / performance ratio seems to have. In this review we look more extensively to the device.
Design & Looks
The Galaxy Ace 2 has a typical, somewhat boring, Samsung design. The device is made of plastic but fortunately a ribbed back that no scratches and fingerprints quickly absorbs and feels nice. And anyway feel the device despite its plastic housing is not wrong. The whole is solid, not too heavy and fits comfortably in the hand. This has also to do with the Ace 2 finely rounded and not too big. And a metal building we can not expect for this price.
There is a black variant of the Ace 2, and also has a white Samsung Ace 2 on the shelves. Two colors so safe, which also indicates that Samsung is here again mainly for functional is gone and not specifically for a beautiful design.
The front of the Ace 2 houses a speaker, three buttons, a camera and some sensors. The back is populated by a speaker, a camera and a flash and the battery cover course with the battery and the SIM card. The memory card can be on the side of this unit stabbing, the headset goes on top and the USB charging cable and can at the bottom of the Ace 2.
Display & Keys
The screen of the Ace 2 is a big improvement over the original Ace, and is just good enough. The keyboard supports Swype as always with Samsung and that is very pleasant.
The screen of the original Galaxy Ace was with a diameter of 3.5 "and a HVGA resolution is relatively blurry. The Ace 2 is not true. The screen has a WVGA resolution and a diameter of 3.8". That makes for a good pixel density. Furthermore performs the LCD nice.
The colors are not top of the bill and the same goes for the brightness, but since this is not an expensive phone we are quite satisfied. Incidentally, the screen a bit like he's a PenTile matrix, what the image above to text a little 'blocky' to late. That is not the case however, that impression but we keep it on the screen. A major problem is the fact certainly not, in our opinion.
The keyboard of the Galaxy Ace 2 corresponds to that of other Android Phones from Samsung. It is a pretty good normal keyboard with the ability to Swypen. This means that you can enter words by the corresponding letters to wipe. This is nice if you just used to it.
The physical buttons on the Galaxy Ace 2 are less. The three buttons below the screen and the volume button are just fine, the power button is a bit too small and too superficial to us, so he is not so pleasant pressed. Another tip with the keys of the Ace 2, is that we do not have managed to vibration feedback for the buttons on the screen to activate. That we always find a nice feature, but this software is in the Ace 2 in any case. Perhaps that me an update is coming.
Interface and performance
The interface of the Ace 2 is known. It is Samsung's TouchWiz interface, combined with Android 2.3 and, it seems, soon Android 4.1. If that update will we be satisfied. If the update does not come, then Android Gingerbread as late as in 2012 quite a bit min The performance of the Ace 2 are fine, but no more than that.
The Ace 2 is equipped with the Nova Thor U8500 processor from ST-Ericsson. Although a fairly cheap dualcore processor, he has proven in the past did not perform badly. This applies to the Ace 2 slightly less: the processor is slightly lower clocked at 800MHz and generally faltering Ace 2 bit more than the other dual-core devices.
But that does not mean that the performances are bad for what you pay for Ace 2. For € 220, there may be some phones that perform better, but overall, the Ace 2 still ahead of its competition in terms of performance. In Quadrant retrieves the Ace 2 about 2500 points. This is in line with other devices using the same processor and is a quite decent score.
Camera & Entertainment
The camera of the Galaxy Ace 2 is pretty good. The 5-megapixel pictures look quite nice. Furthermore, the entertainment possibilities of the Ace 2 is not different.
The interface of the camera of the Samsung Ace 2 is known. There are some shortcuts next to the viewfinder is present and further you can legion apply settings from the menu. New and nice is that you the shortcuts next to the viewfinder can be adjusted. As mentioned before, the Ace 2 no bad pictures. A 5-megapixel camera may not sound exciting, but in reality the Ace 2 has one of the better cameras that you are in a phone more than € 200 you get. The colors are good, there is not really much noise and the photos are pretty sharp.
The Ace 2 has a separate video application that gives you an overview of all the videos on the device. Also through the gallery you can watch movies. The device supports all regular video formats to a resolution of 720p HD, 1080p video plays only the sound.
The YouTube app is the famous Google, now a major update has been in Android 4.0, but this unit still the old has. That does not mean he is not functional: the old YouTube application was and is spacious enough and offers many possibilities.
Movies recording is in 720p HD, on a good size naturally. Like the photos are the best movies just fine. Only the autofocus makes it fail during filming. Objects can shoot fairly close, but really close up up the unit.
The music of the Galaxy Ace 2 is the interface we know from Samsung. Of course, an album art displayed and you can use the playback screen things like shuffle and repeat settings. The library is divided into the categories of artists, albums, songs, folders and playlists.
The latter of course you can make your own. By default there are already lists most played, recently added and recently played songs present. Incidentally, notice that scrolling through a list of album doctor is very slow the first time. In addition to the music player, the phone music hub, where you can buy music. That goes through 7Digital, a reasonable range, and reasonable prices.
The FM radio tries the feeling of an old radio retrieval, with a 'wheel' to your frequency tuning. Search for a station and of course you can also eight stations. A nice extra is that, for example if you are in bed a little radio but are afraid to fall asleep, the radio can automatically turn off after a certain time. The quality of the music is mostly very average.
The speaker of the Ace 2 will do, but not great. The supplied earphones set rare, but if you have a good pair of earphones into the unit makes it ideal for listening to music.
The Galaxy Ace 2 can be quite long in advance of a battery charge. The relatively efficient processor and quite fortunate battery provide a good combination. The device is one of the better phones battery area and keep it with intensive half day.
With the Samsung Ace 2 shows that it is still good can come along in the midrange segment. No silly antics to the hearts of consumers to win, but just a simple but good phone. That is the Ace 2 at heart.