When your pocketbook can’t match your desires, it’s nice to have an option like the Samsung Galaxy Ace II x. This is a well rounded smartphone offering you some of the Galaxy mojo without eating up your budget.
Simple and sleek in design and a wee-bit bulkier at 10.5mm thickness, it still delivers good audio, decent web browsing and an excellent camera.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace II x dual-core 800MHz processor is steady and speedy enough for web browsing. The responsive 3.8 inch touchscreen has a 480x800 pixel resolution that produces satisfyingly clear and crisp texts and icons.
At the bottom you'll find your home button flanked by the back buton on the right side and the menu key on the left side. Each lights up when you touch them.
Navigating the phone is simple: At the top right-hand edge is the power button and on the upper left is the volume control. On the top is a slot for 3.5mm headphone jack and on the bottom is a micro-USB port for either charging the phone or moving files to a PC. There's also a hot-swap microSD card slot where you can bump up the 4GB storage.
The 5MP camera with LED flash is positioned in the middle of its back. It lags a bit taking between 2-3 seconds to snap the photo and you have to use a virtual shutter button rather than a dedicated button. However, the auto-focus, face and smile detection combined are a nice feature and pictures are clear with strong colours and good tonal range. There’s also a front-facing camera for video chats and 720p video recording.
The Galaxy Ace II x runs on the classic Android 2.3 system so you can easily juggle apps in the background while you’re talking or texting. Naturally you’ll have access to the thousands apps available at the Android App Store. Battery life is modest so the Samsung Galaxy Ace II x will last a day with regular use. Heavy users may need to charge during the day.
Not bad for a phone that saves you money and gives you Galaxy magic.