Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 (S8160)

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Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 GT-i8160 review, rating and latest UK deals and offers

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91

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Main features

  1. 4 inch TFT touch screen
  2. 5 megapixel camera with flash
  3. Gorilla Glass protection
  4. Useful Memory card slot
  5. Stereo Bluetooth


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by Mike Leader

Let's take a look at what has changed in this update of the best selling original Samsung Galaxy Ace.

This is a mid range handset produced for those who don't want or need to spend hundreds of pounds on a smartphone with a huge screen and price tag to match.

More curved shape

The iPhone-esque look has all but disappeared, with this Android smartphone now sporting a more rounded look not unlike it's larger stable mate and the South Korean manufacturer's flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S3.

The textured rear cover remains and the full chrome trim around the sides is now now just a bezel which surrounds the top side and we feel the phone looks a little cheaper as a result.

Now less droppable!

However the rounded shape does make it easier to hold, it feels very well built and it is also slightly slimmer at 10.5mm while the 122g weight is in that area between 120-130 grams we feel is just about right.

We think it looks somewhat bland though. That may not matter to you, and you will either approve of the new look or you won't but if Galaxy S3 sales are anything to judge by, most of you will.

New shatterproof and scratch resistant screen

The good news is the screen is now covered with Gorilla Glass and the size has been increased by half an inch to a 4 inch TFT panel. It doesn't sound like a lot but in practice it really makes a big difference to your smartphone viewing pleasure.

That pleasure is increased too because happily the resolution has been increased to a 480 x 800 resolution which now gives you a pixel density of 245 pixels per inch.

The screen was perhaps slightly too low-resolution on the first model but this screen now looks the part, and whilst it doesn't match the Super AMOLED displays of the top of the range handsets it is an excellent screen for a mid range handset. Worth mentioning that this is a larger screen than the iPhone 4s
Upgradeable android

The android operating system is still set at version 2.3 but is now upgradable to the latest version (4.1.2 Jelly Bean) and the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 might well be shipping with the newer version by the time you read this.

The original 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus is retained but the android upgrade will improve both functionality and quality so a great camera will now be even better. Video recording, previously also low resolution, is now ramped right up to 720p HD and is a vast improvement.

More powerful

The processor is also 20% bigger, now running at 1 GHz, while RAM memory has been almost trebled from 278MB to 768MB. The original Ace wasn't slow but this is now considerably faster when loading apps and web pages.

Memory space was formerly a paltry 153 megabytes but this is now ramped right up to 4GB. The memory card slot is retained on the side of the phone. We always prefer this position rather than under the battery cover as it makes swapping MicroSD memory cards a much easier task.

Superb sound

Sound quality is worthy of note. Call clarity was excellent and music sounded fantastic with a good amount of depth whether we used the included stereo headset or the built in speaker. Stereo Bluetooth is included too so you can use a cordless headset or set of speakers.

Our summary

Samsung include their TouchWiz interface over the top of the stock android operating system as ever, and it is a very well thought out addition which you will find improves the ease of use of the phone, though it does eat into available memory space.

Overall we think this is a very well thought out smartphone which offers you a very enjoyable android experience without the massive price tag. We doubt it will win any smartphone design contests and it is edging towards pricey which drops it a few rating points.

To be fair you do get an excellent phone for your money and otherwise there isn't much we can fault it for.


Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Full Specifications

Model: Samsung Galaxy Ace 2/Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus (GT-S7560)
Available in black or white
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SAMSUNG Galaxy Ace 2

£199.99


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