Samsung has recently announced a sequel to its highly popular Galaxy Ace phone and unsurprisingly it has been met with an outcry from Apple’s loyal fanbase. The last year has seen Apple and Samsung locked horns in bitter legal battles across the globe, with Apple accusing Samsung of stealing its ideas for many of its products including the Galaxy S, Galaxy S2, Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Tab.
It is interesting to note that these are Samsung’s bestselling devices in the smartphone and tablet arena, and the first such devices to pose a serious threat to the iPhone and iPad’s market dominance. The Galaxy S became the biggest selling Android phone of all time and was only beaten in this respect by the Galaxy S2. While it has not achieved the same status, the Galaxy Ace has also been a hugely popular device offering a great Android experience with some low cost mobile phone contracts.
The Galaxy Ace was accused of copying the iPhone 4, yet the Galaxy Ace Plus is accused of copying the much older iPhone 3G. It seems bizarre that Samsung would look to a 4 year old device for design inspiration and it is far more likely that the Galaxy Ace Plus derives most of its design from the original Galaxy S, which was also accused of copying the iPhone 3G.
The Galaxy Ace Plus does look more like the iPhone 3G, and the Galaxy S for that matter, than the original Galaxy Ace although aside from this aesthetic reworking not much has really changed. There is a slightly larger screen in use, but it still comes with the same screen resolution meaning that the image quality is not quite as sharp as the original.
The phone has a boost in processing power making it a bit nippier, but its connectivity and camera have not seen an improvement on the original. Even so, its features are certainly superior to the iPhone 3G that it is accused of copying. The phone also benefits from Android Gingerbread which is a much more feature rich ecosystem than the iOS found on the older iPhone.
Fans of the original Galaxy Ace may feel a bit let down on how little this new phone has to offer by comparison, but it should be understood that this phone is just a Plus model and not a full sequel. Samsung also produced a Galaxy S Plus which offered minor tweaks on the original shortly before launching the Galaxy S2. Because of this we can probably expect a Galaxy Ace 2 in the coming months, and it will be this device that owners of the original Ace should keep an eye out for.
But if you do not yet own a smartphone or you had been considering the Galaxy Ace the Galaxy Ace Plus may be a phone worth considering for your next phone contract.