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In 2012 I got my first smartphone, a Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini. I hated it, it lasted less than a year before I got fed up and rang o2 to get a better phone in my life. In December 2012 I got my Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, so after a year I feel that I'm in a good place to write a review!
The phone is a lovely sleek black. It's fairly light and for me the length and width is fairly average and neither too thin or too big. I find it fits in my hand well whether using it to text or holding it up against my ear. The phone has a decent sized touch screen, with one button and two touch buttons to the bottom. The buttons all work completely fine, although the touch screen and buttons can be hard to manipulate in winter when you've got your gloves on! In general I find the touchscreen responsive and easy to use, although it can be difficult to accurately press small icons on the screen. Which takes me to...
Back in the day, phones were used for calls and texts. For me this is at the core of what a phone does. I find the phone convenient to use for calls and I have never had any problems with this. However, I find the touch screen for texting terrible. The phone has a touch screen qwerty keyboard. If I hold my phone normally the touch screen is tiny and I make numerous mistakes. I have to really concentrate and make a concerted effort to hit the right keys. You can turn the phone sideways which makes the keys a bit bigger, but it's still rubbish. And this is stone cold sober, when on a night out with the girls and texting the Mr to say I'm in a taxi home I've sent some interesting letter combinations! I'd like to say that I'm quite petite and have fairly small hands, so I reckon people with bigger hands/fingers might struggle!
I also have a problem with texting sometimes that I press the keys and nothing happens. I just have to keep randomly pressing keys and after 10-60 seconds it starts working again. This is annoying in a phone that's only a year old, and I don't know why it does this!
Obviously phones these days come with loads more features. The Galaxy Ace suits me as it has quite a few features but isn't too complicated or technical. You can download apps through the Android store, so I have loads of different things downloaded which is great. However the phone came with a lot of 'gumpf' that you can't delete . I therefore have loads of icons which I can't get rid of which clutters up the screen and annoys me. The screens are easy to navigate and the icons are good and big so you can always click what you want.
The camera on this phone is shockingly bad. There is an inner camera if you fancy a selfie, and an external camera which has a flash. The camera takes a few seconds from pressing to take a photo, so it's hard to catch a moment. I mostly take photos of my cat so I have a photo album full of vague ginger blurs as he moves about. I also find the photos to be a bit grainy. It's certainly nowhere near the standards I've seen on other smart phones.
For a smart phone the battery is quite good. I find it lasts about two days on average, although less if I use the internet a lot of play a lot of Candy Crush Saga! By the end of its life my Sony Ericsson needed charging approximately every 4 hours so I'm really impressed with the Ace 2.
In conclusion, this phone is good for calls, has a decent size screen and good graphics. It's has loads of smart phone features but is quite basic and easy to use, which suits me well as I personally don't like technology to get too complicated. The battery lasts well, and I can squeeze two days out of it. However, the biggest downsides for me are texting and taking photos. The camera is so slow that for me it defeats the point of having a camera - to capture a moment. Texting also drives me mad, it's so frustrating to have to go back over a message to change letters you've clicked wrong. It's also really difficult to get the cursor to the spelling mistake to correct it so it's doubly frustrating!
I'd recommend this phone as a reliable and basic phone, but the camera and keyboard would need to be improved before it got 5 stars from me.
I bought my phone from Carphone Warehouse and I am paying monthly for it. Each month it costs £15 and for that I get a certain amount of data, about 500 minutes and I can send unlimited text messages. When I went to buy the phone I was looking for a cheap smart phone, something I could get apps on but that wasn't too expensive. The man tried to sell me the next model up, but to be honest it looked the same except it had a slightly bigger screen and you could get it in purple. You could only get this in black in the store I went to but to be honest I think black is a better colour for a phone anyway, as it looks more stylish and sophisticated.
This phone is slim with a fairly wide screen - it has a 3.8-inch WVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen display with an image resolution of 800 x 480. Although I used to have my doubts about touch screen phones, I love it. I had doubts because previous touchscreen phones that I have had have always broken, frozen etc. Or like one corner of the phone would break and then you couldn't press the buttons on the screen that were in that corner which was always really annoying. Luckily I have had this phone a good few months now and I have never had that problem. The phone weights only 122g in weight and is just 10.5mm thick.
In terms of phones I have never really been that technological person that knows all about phones, and has all the latest gadgets etc, for their phone. I just like having a phone that I can use to ring people, text people and which has a decent camera on it. I wanted a smart phone because I wanted something that was a little bit more modern, so I could try out some apps and stuff. But I wasn't bothered about getting an iphone or anything like that, as I knew that the features would probably just go to waste and that it wasn't really an option that was affordable to me.
I have enjoyed using the apps on this phone. After connecting to the internet, to download an app you just go to 'Play Store' and then you can search for any app you fancy getting. So far I have downloaded some pretty cool ones such as YouTube, Candy Crush (my favourite, it is so addictive!), Skype (which I haven't used yet), Facebook and a few more which are all very entertaining. I like the idea of having these different apps on my phone, even though at first I wasn't sure I would be bothered with them. Like I say I'm not really bothered about technology, but I do like these apps.
The phone has a good battery life and I often leave it to charge over night, then it lasts me about two days before I need to charge it again. I don't know if you are supposed to charge it overnight but it is normally flat by the time I go to bed and then it is full the next morning for me. I have noticed that if I am on Candy Crush or another app for a while, it drains the battery so that it runs out much quicker. The camera also runs it low but apart from that it is a good battery and lasts a lot longer than the battery on my last phone.
The camera takes good pictures and you can also make videos. There is a lot of memory space on this phone, too, so I have loads of music in my music player so I don't need to buy an ipod or mp3 player or anything like that, I can just use my phone instead. I must say it has lasted well, too. Although I wouldn't recommend dropping the phone, I have dropped mine many times and the screen has never cracked so I am assuming it is very durable.
One disadvantage I can think of is the volume controls are on the side and so is the off button, and I have pressed these accidentally many times, turning the phone up or down in volume or turning it off without meaning to. Apart from this I think this phone is great - easy to use, looks modern and stylish, and was at a price I could afford. It is the perfect phone for me and I am very happy with it. I would recommend it.
*~* Why Samsung and why this phone model? *~*
I bought this because I got a great deal during an Xmas sale at Carephone warehouse - bought it as an unlocked phone so I could use it with a sim only contract (by Tesco - cheap) or slip in an international sim for when I travel abroad (use the local country's). I had always wanted a simple android, and this was the best solution without having to fork out the amount some of my friends were paying for iPhones. Compared to an iPhone in terms of Apps (downloadable applications) you can download most of them for free from the Google Play Store - whereas on iPhones some apps come with prices (Apple Store) but this is not a huge issue.
If you want to benefit from the variety of apps out there and are deciding whether you should upgrade your normal phone to an Android - this is not a bad thing to start with!! Although there ARE flaws, find out why I love my Ace.
*~* How does it work? *~*
Well, it has a lot of nice features and it feels like you're using an iPhone. The camera quality is even more impressive than some of the older iPhones. 5 megapixels!! It's even a great backup if you haven't got your camera on a day out - this will take great clear pictures especially close ups. And it has flash, self timer option and video option.
Battery life is like that of most smartphones these days - its gonna drain quickly if you over use your phone. Obvious ways of maintaining battery life is not make sure you don't leave apps running in the background, or Wifi and to turn off the phone overnight if you're sleeping. Wait until it is fully discharged before charging, always charge until it is completely charged. Apps drain battery, so choose your apps wisely - your phone might heat up as a way of telling you to cut it down!
Storage wise - microSD card is essential for external storage- supports pictures, music etc. However some apps can only be stored on the phone memory. Experienced storage problems despite uninstalling apps, to the extent I could not even receive text messages in my inbox which were incoming with the error message "delete to receive next message" telling me to clear up more space, when my inbox was empty! Probably due to space taken up by apps..
So the that wasn't all positive but.. keep reading
*~* What are its features *~*
I stayed with this phone ultimately because despite the problems it has caused, it is still usable and once I am comfortable with one phone it's too much effort for me to change! There was a software problem with the sound card which was fixed as it was still under warranty. The sound otherwise is really high quality.
What do I use this phone for? Basically ALL the smartphone functions. Such as:
-Whatsapping, Viber (messaging and free phone call using Wifi service)
-Instagram (photosharing app)
-browsing the web, checking email on the go
-don't really use the GPS but it is a function along with Google Maps
-really fun games
-strong phone: in my case I dropped it atleast 50 times until I dropped it and the screen cracked, luckily the LCD display was intact. Paid around £50 to get it fixed
-has changeable covers - a white glossy one or a black grainy back case
-calendar, alarms, memos
Overall: enough faults to put you off buying it if you want perfection but good enough to suffice as a simple android!! I Love mine, its not quite an iPhone but it's the closest you'll get at this price!
Tecchy is the last word anyone would use to describe me, so here is a technophobes guide to the Galaxy Ace 2!
A vast improvement on its older brother, the Galaxy Ace, the Galaxy Ace 2 combines some (apparently) impressive specs with a highly user-friendly system. Its truly an all-rounder phone in my opinion. Its easy to use, speedy, and a really decent price.
I think it looks pretty swanky (In comparison to my older phone), though i'm not a fan of the cheap plastic feel back. The screen display however is a really nice quality. The apps are nicely sized icons, the colours are bright and the swipe from screen to screen is a smooth transition. The wallpaper and lockscreen are easily customisable to any photo or picture you want, and they fit to the size of the screen. Photos and videos can be viewed clearly on a screen which I think is actually a phone screen size!
Phone sizes are one of my bug-bears at the moment. THey just seem to be getting bigger and bigger, but I carry my phone in my pocket so i wanted a pocket-sized phone, not one of these tablet style thingys that everyone seems to have. It took a long time for me to find a phone that I was happy with size wise, and this phone offers good graphics on a screen that is about 1/2 inch-1 inch smaller than most really good smart phones. I can hold it and use it with one hand, and it still fits into a decent sized pocket.
In terms of what it can do, it is placed in the category of 'mid-range' smartphones, which basically means it's not the iphone 5 , but it still does a pretty good job. It run apps well, including facebook, twitter and candy crush saga! Apps do crash occasionally, but this is more likely to be the apps fault rather than the phones. It feels like it take an age to turn on, but I don't turn it off very often, so this isn't really a problem for me, and I'm probably just being impatient! The internet runs smoothly, and it intelligently adjusts screen and text sizes for you most of the time, which makes browsing a pleasant process. The internet can be frustratingly slow at times, but again this could just be due to the network and signal depending on where I am. I tend to find if I leave mobile internet on this phone eats data even though there are no apps running, which is annoying, but by holding down the power button for a few seconds you can turn it off and on easily, so i keep it turned off when I'm not using it.
The sound quality is pretty good, though I don't really use this phone for music as I havn't got round to buying a memory card for it yet. Iv played the radio through it, and whilst its not stunning sound, its pretty good, just bear in mind its not a phone made for music! The headphones you get with the set are horrible, though it's a regular headphone socket so you can just use your own.
Pricewise, my contract works out at £15 month via mobiles.co.uk after redemption, which is a pretty good deal, it should be £25! You cna get cheaper packages, mainly these tend to be with less data though and Its not really worth buying a data package less than the 500MB i've got; you'd have to be really careful with data. This is because it takes a few months to find your feet and work out what things use tuns of data, and what things don't. Especially for this phone, because of the random, normally overnight data use, but also in general.
In the 6 months I've had this phone, I've had very few issues with it. If it starts to play up, a quick reboot normally does the job and those incidences are rare.It doesn't always respond to my fingers when unlocking the screen, which is a little irritating, but after a few attempts it normally works. I bought a cheap hard plastic case off ebay and I must have dropped it at least 100 times and so far, its still going strong; long may it continue to do so!
I purchased the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 around 4 weeks ago (Along with my Dad and Sister) and I love it! It is perfect has everything you could wish for in a phone. It is small enough to fit into your back pocket but not too small you can't use easily. The large screen is bright and the change in font is perfect for those who like to personalise their phone.
The cases you can buy are cheap and overall the phone is easy to use. The internet is quick and the option of multiple screens is brilliant, the camera is also amazing so no need to take a separate camera with you. Battery life is long (which is rare with smartphones); lasts around 2 days after you have charged it roughly 8 times (Prior to this it will only last the day) and the screen quality amazing. I cannot say enough about this phone - If you are considering buying this phone then do it!
The choice of apps is also brilliant - I go mad connecting Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Instacollage, National Trust apps and so on.....
My sister and dad have also fallen head over heels in love with this phone! It is almost unbreakable too, we all bought rubber cases too protect the phone as we are all clumsy - I have dropped this twice now and it is immaculate and works perfectly.
Highly Highly Recommended!
I was given this phone by my father after my previous Samsung Monte found its way into a psychiatric hospital's viciously churning top-loading washing machine. It's my frat true smartphone, and it's the single best phone I've ever owned. I haven't used it in enough depth to review it technically, but I will give a review of my daily experiences with it.
The first thing that became apparent when I picked up this phone was its lightness. It's impressively lightweight to hold, considering what it contains. It's much more attractive than my Monte, too, with sleek black casing - if black's not to your taste, the phone comes with an alternative white back plate.
When I booted up this phone, I immediately noticed its processing speed. The Ace II has an impressive 800MHz dual-core processor, so it zips between apps with the ease of the iPhones I've momently had to borrow from friends.
However, the third thing that became evident about this phone was its low hard drive capacity. At only 4GB, much of which is taken up by the OS, it's a good thing that Samsung supplies a micro-SD card for use, which must be used for storing photos and certain apps. Even with the SD card, I often find myself uninstalling app updates to free up space.
The Ace II's sound quality is very nice. It's the first phone I've had that I haven't had to use the speaker feature to hear calls clearly. It will also connect to most any type of mobile data network, as well as Wi-Fi. Its GPS is accurate even in rural areas when on data networks, though you may have to disable Wi-Fi to get the most for the GPS.
The camera, in particular, is stunning. It takes crisp photographs up to 5MP, and smooth 720p video, though I haven't tested out the video function very much. The camera has an inbuilt timer function perfect for taking self-portraits less redolent of the MySpace age than those taken with the help of a mirror.
Texting is easy thanks to a surprisingly accurate predictive text system. Should it go wrong, it can be overrode, and new words can be added to its dictionary simply through use.
The Ace II is surprisingly robust. It's made a few unfortunate meetings with the pavement, but survived them all unscathed - more than can be said for my poor, unfortunate, denty-cornered iPad!
The Android platform allows for installation of a wide range of apps via the Google App Store, and, although I haven't had a chance to use it yet, there's the option to open the device to installs of apps from other sources. I think the phone would be quite easily rooted to upgrade it from the factory install of Android Jelly Bean, but, again, I haven't had the chance to connect the thing to a computer to so do.
Despite its minor shortcomings, I love my Ace II. It texts, makes and receives calls, takes pictures and video, and runs common apps impeccably, and, in my current situation, that's all that I need from a smartphone. It's, as smartphones go, affordable, and it has vast potential for extension and customisation. I'd recommend it to anyone in search of a mid-range phone.
I have recently purchased the Galaxy Ace 2, due for the need of a good, but cheap phone. Although this was phone was relatively low in price I would argue that it is no worse than higher costing phones of its kind. This phone uses Android technology, which I have found very easy to use, due to its simplicity. I found it very easy to set up a link to my email address and now there is a small icon at the bottom of one of my 7 home screens that allows me to view my latest 3 emails without having to click on anything.
One feature that I don't really rate is its 7 home screens, although easy to view (simply scroll across with your finger) they do seem slightly unnecessary, due to such a detailed and accessible menu screen which allows you to view and select all your apps. Because of this I only use two of the home screens, leaving the others redundant. It can sometimes take a long time to turn on and off, which is also a hastle. When you want to turn the phone off and clicked on the phone off button, you may be fooled into thinking that you've now turned your phone off, this is not the case: your phone starts to shut down and then will come up with another message checking that you want to turn it off. I tend to throw my phone in m bag when its switiching off which led the phone staying on and the battery (although long lasting) being drained, the first few times I did this.
One feature I like is the mini slide show of your pictures that can be set up on half of your home screen. It doesn't show all your pictures, just the ones that you want to see, which will prevent any embarrassing a forgotten photos popping up in-front of the family. Moreover, the touchscreen is not too touch sensitive, that you end up clicking on things you didn't intend on pressing, and isn't too stiff that you can never click on what you want.
I have found this phone really easy to use and would highly recommend it. I only bought it because of the price, expecting a poor quality phone and was pleasantly surprised with how good this phone actually is. If you want value for money this is definitely the phone to get. If you want all the technology phones can give, I would suggest a Samsung S4 or phone of similar calibre.
This phone is from Galaxy Ace series, but it's much much better than Samsung Galaxy Ace . This phone is quiet powerfull in my opinion. It can run lot's of games and you can easily install some powerful software in it. I really don't like this phones display, it's not too bad, but videos on it don't look so good as on Samsung Galaxy W (Wonder) . But this phone will suit your needs if you are a bussiness person, or you are just a person who would like to play some games on it :). Phone has 5mpx camera, it's very good and in combination with proffesional hands this phone can be a great alternative to your old camera. I give this phone 7/10 because it's price is really small for such a phone . If you want phone like this, but a bit more better then i recommend you buying Samsung Galaxy W.
After researching the specifications of similar priced phones on the market I decided to purchase a Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 for the following reasons:-
The processor in this phone has an impressive 800MHz dual-core processor. In non-technical terms it means that just like a computer with a duel-core processor it is able to handle multiple tasks at once, thus making it quicker and more efficient. Most other phones within the same price range as the Galaxy Ace 2 which I came across had single-core processors.
After using a 3 megapixel camera on my old phone and struggling to get a decent picture in poor lighting I decided that I would need a better camera with a flash. Not only does this phone have a flash but it also has a 5 megapixel camera, providing higher resolution pictures.
You can also record videos in high definitions (720p, 30fps). When recording a gig recently using this phone, it seemed to handle picture and sound quality quite well with only bits of noise distortion (which is expected considering I was stood right next to the speaker of a powerful PA system).
There is also a camera on the face of the phone for if you want to do video calls or take a picture of yourself without doing the awkward arm outstretched pose. This is a VGA camera so will be considerably lower quality than the main camera.
For those who don't know, android is a linux-based operating system which is open source. The good thing about android being an open source operating system is, even if an app is not on Google's official android market, you can still chose to download it, install it and run it. The downside of this is that perhaps it may not be as secure as closed-source operating systems.
I would definitely recommend installing an anti-virus software which scans any apps as you download them. As with other operating systems, there is an extensive range of apps available to chose from. The main sort of app i am using at the moment are games but I've also come across other useful apps such as those you can catch up with tv shows on and social media apps.
This phone is currently using Gingerbread OS but it is rumoured that it will soon be upgraded to the latest OS version (Jellybean).
Being able to upload straight from the computer:
On some phones you have to use a certain software to transfer files to and from the phone. However on the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, although it is possible to connect to Kies and transfer files on there, you can also do it straight from you phone to a PC using a USB.
The battery performs reasonable well for a smartphone. To preserve battery life when the battery is low I would recommend dimming the screen brightness, avoiding using the internet and avoiding playing on games as these seem to drain the battery quite quickly. I usually charge the battery around once every 1-2 days, this I think is quite reasonable considering that I make quite a lot of phone calls and regularly use the internet for checking emails.
The built in Wifi allows you to connect you your home wireless router to and preserve your mobile phone internet allowance (if using a monthly tariff with a set amount of internet allowance or fair use policy). I find this useful when watching videos as videos seem to use up quite a lot of internet allowance. It also enables you to connect to open wifi networks (such as in bars and cafes where available).
The phone is capable of up to a HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) connection which according to GSMArena is up to 14.4 Mbps. This is similar the speed that you might expect from an home broadband connection (if not using one of the new super-fast broadband providers).
With 4gb internal storage and the capability of using a SD card up to 32gb, you shouldn't need to worry about storage space. I am currently using a 2gb memory card in mine with who knows how many pictures on it (loads) and still have plenty of space to install extra apps.
Specifications source - GSMArena