The amount of smartphones that Samsung has on the market is huge. In every segment it has several different models, so it's not shocking if you can't keep up with each release. The Samsung Ace 2 is a smartphone for the middle segment, for an average price of around £185. Hardware.Info tested the phone to find out how well it performs.
We've reviewed a number of mid-range smartphone over the past few months on Hardware.Info. Some managed to make a good impression, such as the Sony Xperia Go and the Alcatel One Touch 995. Other phones felt as if the manufacturer cut too many corners, and the end product fell short in one or more areas. In other words, it's not that easy to create an affordable phone that looks decent and has enough processing power to provide a good user experience.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 that we are reviewing here falls in the lower mid-range segment. The Ace 2 is positioned just below the Samsung Galaxy S Advance. As the name suggests, it's the follow-up to last year's Galaxy Ace. The Ace 2 still comes with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), but Samsung has announced that the Ace 2 will get an update to Jelly Bean (Android 4.1). The question is only when that will actually happen.
The Ace 2 really looks like a Samsung smartphone, thanks to the rounded edges, the chrome strip around the sides and the combination of two capacitive buttons with a physical one. On the right side at the top there is an on/off button, while the left side has the volume button and the microSD slot. It's nice that you don't have to remove the back cover in order to access the microSD slot. When you do remove that cover you see the replaceable battery and the slot for the SIM card. The rear of the camera also has a 5 MP camera with LED flash.