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Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review: Flying high

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 review: Flying high - read the full textWith the Galaxy S III busy grabbing the headlines, a midrange smartphone has been making its way to a number of markets without much fanfare. But you can bet the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 won't settle for the role of just another sequel. It has a chance to...

 

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> In reply to lordstar @ 2012-07-13 21:03 from s{Ks - click to readYes, this phone can handle Jelly Bean with a breeze.
But let's wait and see what executives at Scamsung think of their customers. ;)

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  • 2012-07-15 11:08
  • 3pwj

A sincere request to the GSMArena team. It would be really nice if you could contact Samsung and get an official confirmation if this phone will EVER get ICS or Jelly Bean (and if yes, in this year or not).

Because the community modding scene for Novathor U8500 chipset has been DEAD. No custom ROMs. And I'm not expecting any for this for a long time at least. So it would be really nice to not be stuck to an ANCIENT 1 and half year old OS when paying so much.

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  • 2012-07-15 08:14
  • ut2v

Typical samdung fanboys. The build quality of this compared to the Sony handsets mentioned isn't even worth a second of extra thought: the Xperia U trumps it in every respect. Add to this the fact that samsung will never update the phone beyond gingerbread and it becomes a no brainer.

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  • 2012-07-15 06:20
  • tA8$

Go for samsung galaxy s advance

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  • 2012-07-15 03:22
  • v0qG

is this phone available in India?

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  • 2012-07-14 22:54
  • U@Rs

So no continuous autofocus for recording video ?

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  • 2012-07-14 19:24
  • sUSY

Do you guys know if it is Mali MP or MP2 core and what it is clocked?

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  • 2012-07-14 16:47
  • mNIx

When will it arrive at markets? It's been announced a loooong time ago. Why are they so late in the launching and availability?

If this is sold at 15k INR same as Xperia U, then it makes sense to get this phone.

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  • 2012-07-14 13:46
  • ut22

Hi Team GSMArena.Thanks for your review on Ace 2.I am waiting for this phone since March and it is not yet launched in India.I prefer Ace 2 over xperia U only because of the memory expansion and native video call over 3G.
I like this phone very much and would like to purchase one.

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  • 2012-07-14 13:26
  • 2SRd

wow nice ppi about density i think we all know about tweak build prop hehhe. hope samsung can release low end android under $200 like sony android hardware. better go with JB , ics suck. atleast GB still Better until now.

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  • 2012-07-14 10:27
  • XMiu

Buy Galaxy Ace 2 rather than the xperia u. Why? Well, here are the reasons:
1.Bigger screen size
2.A micro SD slot.
3.More RAM
4.Near field Communication NFC chip
5.Great Battery - Lasts you all day
6. Samsung's Touchwiz is so much better than sony's Timescape UI
7.Better Bluetooth
8.Slimmer than xperia u and wider

And now, let's take a look at what xperia u really beats the ace 2 at:
1.Design: No competition here. xperia U has the upper hand in here. It's one of the most coolest i've ever seen.
2.Display: Ditto. Xperia U is better cause of high pixel density, altough it isn't a much of a difference, but oh well.
3.Sensor: Xperia U. 10/10
4.I think it'll get ICS sooner than Ace 2.
And it ends here, the xperia U advantage. I missed the processing power you said? Ah, but it's not a biggie. ace 2 has more RAM, less MHz and xperia u has less ram, more MHz. So, it's quite even, if you ask me. (P.S: The root for ace 2 is already out, and after you root it, u can overclock it to almost GHz without over heating it, which is , believe me super awesome!!)

SO, this concludes my comparison, folks. And there you go: The galaxy ace 2 has the double of reasons to suceed than xperia u. And hey, xperia u is a an awesome phone too.
So, if you want better design with all the sensors and better screen quality go for xperia U, or if you want a big screen device with nfc and better bluetooth and other various advanced functions, go for the ace 2!!
Thanks for reading and hope my comment helped you all.

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  • 2012-07-14 10:04
  • 7w45

Very good smartphone! Battery is really strong.

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  • 2012-07-14 09:43
  • JGmW

When can we expect the battery test?

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  • 2012-07-14 09:02
  • mNIs

> In reply to beckon @ 2012-07-14 03:41 from UD}w - click to readThanks for the prompt reply! I think ics is more than enough, though it doesn't hurt if the ace 2 would get jelybean as well in the future.

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  • 2012-07-14 05:49
  • s{Ks

> In reply to lordstar @ 2012-07-14 03:11 from s{Ks - click to readMaybe, maybe not. With Samsung, you'll never know. If time comes that Samsung upgrade it to ICS, perhaps the Dev community at XDA might do they're tricks and have some JB rom for Ace 2.

If you're considering getting this phone and wishing for JB update, you're in to wait for a long long long time...or not all.

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  • 2012-07-14 03:41
  • UD}w

> In reply to beckon @ 2012-07-14 02:18 from UD}w - click to readI saw a video from Samsung that it is ICS upgradable that's why I was asking if you guys have an idea if the specs are capable enough for jellybean or something.

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  • 2012-07-14 03:11
  • s{Ks

> In reply to lordstar @ 2012-07-13 21:03 from s{Ks - click to readThinkt about ICS first before JB...and wish Samsung nurture these last batch of GB devices ( together with Galaxy S Advance & Galaxy Beam) and doesn't forget about them

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  • 2012-07-14 02:18
  • UD}w

Still use stock UI and OS in 2012? There is many custom of them already available.

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  • 2012-07-14 01:08
  • YPb1

Hi! What means scratch resistant glass? Is it Gorilla or something else?

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  • 2012-07-14 00:18
  • pSAc

Some thoughts on Ace 2 vs Xperia Sola debate. Front facing camera is a deal breaker for me. Skype is not the same without it. As long as they run on Gingerbread RAM is not a big issue, but once they're upgraded to ICS that extra quarter gig of RAM in the Ace 2 will come handy. Design and dimensions are well balanced in the Sola, along with the floating touch feature and a higher clocked CPU. Battery is rather bad in both models.

I would reduce it to one model after having a hands on experience (usually Sony phones have a better feel in the hand), but as I see it the Ace 2 edges the Sola in some areas that are important to me.

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  • 2012-07-13 23:42
  • N9xA

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