Review of Samsung GALAXY Ace 2

Ace vs. Ace 2
On paper, let us compare the two phones. Ace has a dimension of 112.4 × 59.9 × 11.5mm, while Ace 2 118.3 × 62.2 × 10.5mm. That means, Ace 2 design is longer, wider but thinner. Is this the influence of the wider screen also? Let’s see. Ace uses a 3.5-inch TFT screen resolution of 320 × 480 pixels, while Ace 2 has a 3.8 inch TFT screen PLS – yes, wider – a resolution of 400 × 800 pixels, which means it is also more dense and sharp. But unfortunately, the glass used on the display Ace 2 is not Corning Gorilla Glass as used in the Ace.

Although larger in design, weight carrying Ace 2 is lighter, which is 113 grams versus 122 grams belong to Ace. Go to the interface, if the Ace you will be accompanied by TouchWiz v3.0, then Ace 2 is using the newer UI, the TouchWiz v4.0. But again unfortunate, Ace 2 is the default OS Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Despite having the option to upgrade to 4.1 Jelly Bean though, likely Samsung does not provide an upgrade via OTA (Over The Air) aka you have to come to a Samsung Service Center closest to do it or use KIES.

Turning to the processor, the Ace is reinforced Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset powered with 800 MHz ARM 11 GPU Adreno 200, while his brother had used NovaThor U8500 chipset with a clock speed is still the same, 800MHz. Oops, do not be disappointed yet! Because even though the same speed, but proseso at Ace 2 has a dual-core, really. While embedded GPU Mali-400MP is. To support processor performance, the Ace 2 using 768MB RAM, three times greater than the Ace that only 278MB.

And what about the memory? Ace In the first generation, you can use the storage space of 158MB microSD slot support. At Ace 2, it’s much improved capacity to 4GB and still equipped with a micro SD slot to increase storage capacity. In regard to wireless connectivity, Bluetooth v3.0 at Ace 2 is certainly much faster when compared to v2.0 owned Ace.

One of the highlights on the side of the camera, especially for the purpose of photographing. If the Ace you get maximum photo resolution of 5MP with additional functions autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, and face and smile detection, then you would get similar specs of Ace 2. Therefore, we deliberately  Ace 2 to a third party that has been the past year using the Ace. He said: “Although they are the same specs, but the use of the camera and Ace 2 was better.” Thank God.

The downside of this sector is the shutter speed is slow. We talked about shooting conditions ligthing well with human objects from a distance of about half to one meter. Autofocus was indeed working perfectly, but for the distance as it feels a lot slower than you take objects from a distance of a few centimeters.

Front camera on the Ace 2 will surely delight you who like video chat with colleagues via smartphones. Although new VGA resolution, it is more than enough than nil in the previous generation. As for video, Ace 2 increase in resolution that is capable of recording up to a maximum resolution of 720p HD at 30 frames per second (fps), where previously only VGA @ 24fps.

Performance

Results of the points on some benchmark tests that we do on average put Ace 2 in the lower-middle position for performance. As in Quadrant, for example, which recorded 2507 points in the sixth position from 9 device, or AnTuTu with 4662 points in the tenth of 14 devices. Interestingly, although the screen Ace 2 is only 3.8 inches wide, but we managed to earn a total of 10 points on the touch screen when tested using the MultiTouch Tester! But as you can see in the figure, a total of only 5 who have a colorful while the 5 remaining dark gray. It may be that this means, though able to read up to 10 touch fingers, but the optimal response can be given only on the 5 fingers only.

When used for playing Temple Run to Dead Trigger is quite heavy, Ace 2 in fact quite resilient in responding to commands so we do not feel the lag is annoying. Similarly, when used to explore the virtual world and to multitasking.

The media player on the Ace 2 provides advanced management features that are complete enough. When playing music, you can choose one of nine equalizer settings are provided, including Auto, Normal and Custom that lets you manually adjust according to taste. That was coupled with sound effects with 6 options namely Normal, Wide, Concert Hall, Music Clarity, Bass Enhancement and Externalitation that can be enabled when using a headset or earphones – same as 3D surround effects in the video player. One again, the lyrics viewer option has been available in addition to the Auto Off Music which is useful especially when you put on some music to accompany sleep.

Differences or other improvements located on the battery sector. At Ace, you just supplied Li-ion battery with a capacity of 1350mAh. While the Ace 2 numbers are “rounded” to 1500mAh which could supply energy up to 25 days standby time (in the true sense: to disable all connectivity and mobile only just for that), or about 7 to 16 hours depending on usage and network features features of the phone.

Conclusion

As the successor to a product that is successful, Ace 2 classified able to bring something new and different increase makes it much better. Another deficiency in older OS sector may indeed be annoying, but if you want a little time to do the upgrade, Ace 2 will be a pleasant communication device. Moreover, you get a unique-shaped white earphones inside the package.
For those of you who want a Android smartphone with a row of nice features and reliable performance, without wanting to spend a lot of money, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is ready to be residents of your pocket.

Pros:
(+) Light Screen
(+) Good camera results
(+) The advanced media player quite complete
(+) The new design compared to previous versions of Ace
(+) The same price as the previous Ace
(+) There is already a front camera
(+) Unique earphone design

Cons:
(-) Still using Gingerbread OS
(-) There is no option to upgrade OS via OTA
(-) Resolution 5MP camera still, in certain circumstances slow shutter speed