Samsung Galaxy Ace 2: Worthy of Your Wallet?

Samsung love nothing more than to take an existing phone, give it a bit of a makeover and slap it back on the market. So when they announced the release of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, the follow-up to the original Ace, nobody was really very shocked. But, the real question is: were we excited?

Well, when Samsung released the original Galaxy Ace last year, some people most certainly were. This new crop of smartphones promised an array of features but at a sensible price, and the Galaxy Ace certainly delivered on that front.

Before we all rush off to pre-order the new Ace 2, however, are there enough changes to the latest iteration to warrant an upgrade? Well there are a few, but the jury’s still out as to whether these improvements will justify forking out for the latest Ace.

That said, there appears to be a number of nifty features attached to this new model. Most notably, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 will come armed with a hefty 480 x 800 resolution 3.8inch WVGA TFT touchscreen compared to its predecessor’s 3.5inch screen – that’s bigger than the iPhone 4s screen for a start.

Being a mid-range smartphone,, it’s expected that the new Galaxy Ace 2 isn’t going to pack the same amount of power as the likes of the Galaxy S2, but that doesn’t render this phone as under-spec’d. The Galaxy Ace 2 comes running the ever-popular Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. Add to that a dual-core 800MHz processor and a delightful 768MB of RAM and you’ve got yourself a pretty capable handset.

Similar to the original Galaxy Ace, this latest version will come with the same standard 1,500mAh battery. This means that heavy users will need to treat their phone to a nightly charge if they don’t want to be run out of juice, but this is to be expected.

Camera-wise, there’s not much of an upgrade from the Galaxy Ace to the Galaxy Ace 2 as both phones come with an average 5MP camera. The main difference is that the Galaxy Ace 2 is able to capture video in 720p.

One area where you’ll notice a real difference in the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is in its design. Yes, the phone has the same look, but the Galaxy Ace 2 is slightly larger than its predecessor in order to accommodate the larger screen. This bigger screen also adds a bit of weight to the phone with the Galaxy Ace 2 coming in at 122g compared to the original Galaxy Ace’s fractionally lighter 118g. This extra weight hasn’t stopped the phone getting slimmer though; Samsung have managed to work off a full 1mm from the Galaxy Ace 2’s frame.

There are perhaps not enough changes for Galaxy Ace owners to run out and acquire an upgrade, but for those looking for a new handset, the Galaxy Ace 2 will prove to be a viable choice.