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Samsung Galaxy Ace

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With just a glance you can see why Apple took exception to this smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Ace looks remarkably like an iPhone 4. The build quality doesn’t quite match Apple's handset but the ridged back and impressive 3.5in, 320 x 480 pixel screen create a budget alternative to the Samsung Galaxy III.

The 5Mp camera does a great job and there’s a 2GB MicroSD card included so you can manage without an instant memory upgrade. The 800MHz processor is capable and keeps battery life to a respectable day and a half. There are higher resolution screens but the responsiveness and brightness remain impressive for the price tag.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Android smartphone

Reg Rating 80%
Price £180
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Samsung Galaxy Mini 2

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Boasting a bright yellow removable back cover, the Galaxy Mini 2 looks like a 1980s sports Sony Walkman. The 3.2in screen struggles to beat the Galaxy Ace – it is difficult to read in bright sunlight and has a budget look to it. It’s rugged enough to rival the Motorola Defy Mini but doesn’t offer anything more than that.

You can expect a much better screen and camera (it's only 3Mp) for this kind of money and younger users will demand more – the Sony Xperia U beats the Galaxy Mini 2 hands down. In 2012, the Galaxy Mini 2 feels like a £99 smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 Android smartphone

Reg Rating 65%
Price £179
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