So it’s finally here: the long waited upgrade for Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 users to Android version 4.1.2 or more commonly known as Jelly Bean. However, is it living up to the hype and is it worth getting? Read on.
When I got the Ace 2, I thought it was a good phone. It ran well with some pretty good specs and nothing seemed to be wrong with it. However, I had always been wishing I had Jelly Bean on it because I thought that Gingerbread was holding back the phone from its full potential. I upgraded my SGA2 about a month ago now and to put it simply, I want to get rid of it. When I first got it, the phone looked and felt like a Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini because it was smooth and fluid. Give it a few more days and some flaws started becoming apparent. Firstly: the crashes, and boy are there lots of them. If you start running 2 or 3 apps at the same time, you will already notice some slow-down in performance and it will eventually start lagging and, in most of my cases, crashing the phone. When this happens, you end up looking at a black screen wondering why you got the flipping upgrade in the first place. Hold the power button down for a few seconds and the phone will reboot itself which really isn’t something you want to be doing if, for example, you were doing something really quite important like taking a phone call from your boss at work. Now, I’m not saying that you’ll have to reboot the phone every time it slows down, because usually it will just freeze on the screen you’re on and you’ll have to wait about 30 seconds for it to fix itself!… wait…that isn’t a good thing…
Don’t get me wrong, when I first got the upgrade I thought “This is pretty cool” as new features such as quick task-closure, voice search and a fancy keyboard. Not just that, but it is also satisfying when showing off your phone to friends because after all, it does look very nice compared to Gingerbread. But here’s my problem; you can never guarantee that showing it off to your friends will work because it could crash at any moment! I think it simply lies with the fact that the SGA2 is not suited to Jelly Bean. When the phone was running Gingerbread it said the RAM was 512mb but with Jelly Bean it says 624mb which could show that the phone is not powerful enough to run the operating system. Furthermore, I have done my homework and it seems as though many people have been having problems such as slow-down and performance drops with 4.1.2. Coincidence? I think not.
To round off this short review on Jelly Bean for the SGA2, I simply wish I didn’t get it. It has some good sides but, frankly, if the phone doesn’t even work then what’s the point in even having it in the first place? I shall look into downgrading back to Gingerbread or Android version 2.3.