Samsung has brought us to a new age in 2010 with their Galaxy S, but now, after two years, this device is entry to mid-range level and still keeps its poker face. We’re not going to talk about the Galaxy S, but the S Plus and we are going to compare it to the newly born Galaxy Ace 2. Some of you are thinking to buy a new smartphone, but you don’t want to spend that much money so you’ll want to consider the Galaxy S Plus and Ace 2. That is why I’m making this comparison, to help you decide what’s best for you.
We’re looking at two all-plastic devices with simple design that handle great. Both have user friendly measurements with the Galaxy S Plus measuring 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9 mm, which is a bit longer and thinner than the Galaxy Ace 2's 118.3 x 62.2 x 10.5 mm. I’m happy to say that the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 handles a bit better and looks better also. The Galaxy S Plus is made of the same fingerprint magnet materials that are used on the old timer Galaxy S, and this puts the Galaxy Ace 2 at an advantage, because of the beveled back cover which gives the device a better grip and doesn't attract fingerprints.
The display on both devices is great, but the Galaxy S Plus might have the upper hand here, with a 4.0” Super AMOLED (233 ppi pixel density) screen that renders great blacks and performs very good outdoors. The display on the S Plus features Gorilla Glass protection, compared to the slightly smaller 3.8” PLS TFT (246 ppi pixel density) on the Ace 2 which doesn’t come with any screen protection and tends to do not as good as the Galaxy Plus when it comes to outdoor usage, as the screen is kind of reflective, but don’t let that give you any concerns, as you can buy an anti-glare screen protection which is not expensive at all (hit two wabbits with one shot). Let’s not forget the viewing angles, which are great for both devices and the 480 x 800 resolution that they both come with.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 got its fangs out here; with its Dual-core 800 MHz processor, Mali-400MP graphics processor (same that comes with the Galaxy S2) and 768 MB of RAM compared to the single core 1.4 GHz Scorpion, Adreno 205 GPU and 512 MB of RAM that the Galaxy S Plus comes with. Even if the Galaxy S Plus had a 1.6 GHz processor, the Dual-core 800 MHz CPU on the Galaxy Ace 2 would still best it in performance, as two cores are always better than an uni-core (yes, you read unicorn I know).
Both handhelds come with a 5 MP, auto-focus camera that can film at 720p HD @ 30 fps, but the camera on the Galaxy S Plus doesn’t have a LED flash which makes taking pictures and recording in low light conditions a pain in the unicorn. They’ve both got a front facing VGA camera for video-conversations.
There’s not much to say about the software on these two bad boys, as both come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The Galaxy Ace 2 comes with Samsung’s latest TouchWiz UI 4.0 whereas the Galaxy S Plus has the older 3.0 version, which is not a big concern also. It would’ve been nice if Samsung decided to give the Galaxy Ace 2 the privilege of running on the Android ICS 4.0 version, because I think that the Dual-core processor can take it, but the guys at Samsung are not as kind as the folks at Sony, which seem to be faster to update their devices to the latest Android ICS version (Sony Xperia Uwhich is a strong competitor to the Galaxy Ace 2 and could outsell it only because it comes with the latest version of Android).
Regarding battery mileage, both come with the same score during talk time (16-17h and 20m in 2G and 7h 30-50m in 3G), but the Galaxy Ace 2 outlasts the Galaxy Plus in stand-by time, scoring 670h in 2G and 640h in 3G compared to the 480h/430h that the Plus comes with regardless of its bigger 1650 mAh battery compared to the 1500 mAh on the Ace 2.
We come to a conclusion that these two phones are on the same level and you should buy the one that you think suits you better. Don't let the S in front of the Plus fool you because it's got friends in high places (S2 and S3), rely only on what you like and need from a phone, like great handling, good performance, better screen, battery life and others, you decide.