Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review – Updated Budget Android Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review: Released in 2012, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 (i8160) was the successor to the original Ace (S8530) and Ace Plus (S7500). In this period, Samsung were literally releasing handsets every month and it was difficult to keep up with the differences behind them all.

The context of this decision was easy: earlier releases such as the Samsung Galaxy S were extremely popular and really made the case for using Google’s Android operating system. The Samsung proprietary system was in use from its first touchscreen handsets, but it was clear what the public preferred. With the Galaxy S being a flagship and expensive handset, the hunt was on to satisfy market demand at different price points.

The original Ace was a case in point. It was not a real budget handset, but one aimed at the mid-range. This division on its own could be sub-divided even further. The Ace aimed to still aim a high-specced handset, with the latest innovations saved for the more expensive flagships.

With a year in-between the two Ace handsets, the upgrades were almost in every department: an improved dual-core processor, a bigger higher resolution screen. RAM increased to 768MB and video recording was upped to 30fps.

Full specifications here.

The Ace series was a successful sub-branch of the Galaxy phones. The incremental upgrades kept on coming with a Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 model the next year. By then the advancement in technology was such that many of the mid-range models were too close to one another.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review Pros:

The most noticeable upgrade was the screen: it was 0.3 of an inch bigger. The resolution was heavily upgraded as well: to 480 x 800 pixels. This was the same resolution as the original Samsung Galaxy S but in a smaller screen.

The phone was more powerful than the Ace, with a dual-core processor running things and three times the RAM. With 4GB on board storage this lent itself better to the installation of apps, many of which were becoming substantial in size.

The Ace 2 also added a front-facing selfie camera which was becoming an essential item to have. This VGA resolution was in line with many better phones at the time.

The price of the phone was extremely keen compared to flagships: being quite affordable on pay-as-you-go deals as opposed to contract.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review Cons:

Whilst the screen was the same resolution as the older Galaxy S, it cannot match the Super AMOLED in terms of contrast. Perhaps expected at the price range.

The dual-core processor was also not of the top-tier range, delivering inferior performance when it came to running some of the more demanding apps.

The build lagged behind Apple and Sony Ericsson in terms of feel, with predominantly plastic components used throughout.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects:

Many mid-range phones such as this have had surprisingly long lives despite not supporting the later versions of Android. The most common problem (battery failure) is easily repaired, and even screen failures can be fixed without too much difficulty. That being said many of these handsets offer little distinctiveness, and as such can be picked up cheaply.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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