Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
Newest Review: ... numbers, which I used to like to do on previous phones. But the photos aren't very good in anything but excellent light, and the lens ... more
Better than the last touchscreen phone I had, but still irritating
Samsung GALAXY Ace II
Member Name: LindsayGii
Samsung GALAXY Ace II
Advantages: Nice looking.
Disadvantages: Many irritating little things that detract from my day.
Mostly this is a pretty good phone, I suppose, in that way that most phones are, well, pretty good.
It seems to have enough space in the memory for a few small games, a load of photos and quite a few videos of my son running around. And it has a whole host of clever ways to start a call off (swipe name in call log, tap contact list, use call logs, blah blah blah). Same for texting. But I still haven't worked out how to block numbers, which I used to like to do on previous phones.
But the photos aren't very good in anything but excellent light, and the lens is positioned in exactly the spot you have your finger when holding the phone to take a picture. Combine this with the fact I can rarely make out anything on the screen on an even slightly bright day and you have... quite a few photos which include my fingertip. Sigh.
And the calendar is AWFUL. For reasons which are beyond me, new appointments don't default to the current day, or latest selection, or near future, or anything. They can pop up absolutely anywhere in space and time, making my schedule rather Doctor Who-ish in its behaviour. Again, sigh.
The pre-installed apps are also deeply irritating, and I had to root the phone to get rid of them. There were three screens (yes, three) of mostly duplicates (Maps, Navigator, some other map thing, another thing with directions). This may be true of all phones these days, I don't know, but it certainly drove me mad until I voided the warranty to get rid of them. Sigh. Again.
And finally, that touch screen. Now, I have had worse, but it seems that at least once a week I take the phone out of my pocket or bag to find that all the icons and screens I had carefully set up on the home screen have moved, or been added to, or deleted from. It's just stupid, and it annoys me.
So all in all, not a very happy review. It looks good, it doesn't weigh much, and it makes calls. But so many of the little things bug me I felt I ought to share.
Summary: It's alright if you get it free with a contract, but don't pay.