The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, otherwise known as the i8160, still remains a very popular smartphone despite a rather hefty price tag. The handset, which is essentially a cut-down, smaller version of the Galaxy S2, costs as little (or as much) as £170 (at Amazon) which is a lot for what you’re getting.
In it is a dual-core SoC clocked at 800MHz with a 3.8in 800 x 480 resolution, a 5-megapixel camera, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a front facing VGA camera, 768MB of RAM and 4GB onboard storage. Check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 smartphone here.
We’ve checked out five potential alternatives, both with Android OS and Windows Phone OS, handsets which we’d consider as better substitutes to the Galaxy Ace 2. Note that those deals are available at the time of writing and may be no longer in stock by the time you read them.
1. Until the end of February 2013, you can get the Sony Xperia Sola smartphone for £141. It has everything the Galaxy Ace 2 has plus a faster processor, Android 4.0, twice the onboard storage, a lower price and a higher screen resolution. Only blot on its specification sheet is the lower onboard memory at 512MB.
2. While you might have missed the Valentine special on the Nokia Lumia 620 (when it was available for £120), O2 is still the cheapest place where you will be able to buy the most affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphone in the UK. Right now, it costs £150 and comes with a free shell cover. The handset is probably the best value-for-money smartphone on the market as far as hardware is concerned and comes with some cracking software as well ike Nokia Music, Nokia Drive, Nokia City lens and Cinemagraph. Pity though that it is locked on O2 (although you can use it on Giffgaff and Tesco Mobile). Check out our review of the Nokia Lumia 620 smartphone here.
3. The ZTE Grand X on the other hand costs £150 directly from its manufacturer and runs on Android 4.0. This particular model runs on a dual-core Mediatek MTK6577 SoC with 512MB of RAM and 4GB onboard storage which is on par with the Galaxy Ace 2. Its biggest asset though (so to say) is its massive 4.3in display that has a resolution of 960 x 540 pixel. Check out our review of the ZTE Grand X smartphone, with a different system-on-chip here.
4. The Huawei Ascend P1 is the best smartphone of the lot. It is also the most expensive and the thinnest by far. It is currently on sale at Expansys for £192 (after a £48 discount). For just over £20 extra, you get a much faster processor, more onboard system memory, an 8-megapixel camera and, like the ZTE Grand X above, a 4.3in 960 x 540 pixel display. You can read our review of the Huawei Ascend P1 smartphone here.
5. Last but not least, the Sony Xperia U is quite similar to the Galaxy Ace 2 but costs less than half its price at £79 (albeit locked to O2 – again – and refurbished). The smartphone is also on sale brand new at Virgin Mobile for £110. The only major differences between the two are the lack of a microSD card and only 512MB of RAM for the Xperia U. You can read our review of the Sony Xperia U smartphone here.