Thursday, 11 October 2012

Shortcuts on the Galaxy Ace 2

I am sure there are many short cuts and quick ways to do thing, here are a couple I discovered by mistake only Today. I am sure some people will say "I already knew that" but some of you might find it useful.

On the message menu you can slide the contact off the screen to the left to send a message or you can slide the contact off the screen to the right to instantly call them. This can also be achieved from within the contacts menu.

Please post any shortcuts you have discovered.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Plex app on the galaxy

I run Plex on my home pc so I can watch a movies on my smart TV. I decided to try the Plex App on my phone and am please to say that so far it works perfectly. Although I find the screen is too small to sit and watch a film (although I could if I wanted), I can share photos and home videos around the dinner table when I have friends and family over, without any technical set-up or configuration.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Photography problems and corrupt images

I am not sure if anyone else is having an issue when taking photo's on the Ace 2 but sometimes my pictures are not completely saved when I go back into the gallery. It looks like someone has torn the edge off my shots. It could be that I am turning the phone off before it has a chance to save the image fully. Has anyone else had this or is my phone faulty?

Friday, 17 August 2012

My Top Free Live wallpapers

Live wallpapers are interactive or animated wallpapers. Here is a list of my favourites.

1. Galactic Core Free
2. Inferno Galaxy
3. Koi Free
4. Fluidsim
5. Galaxy S3 Dandelion
6. Particle Storm
7. Waterize lite live
8. Nexus
9. Grass
10. Galaxy

All these are found at Play Store.

Monday, 13 August 2012

App Review - Air Control Lite

This game is an overhead management game where the aim is land aircraft safely on the ground. Each air enters the play area from any screen edge where you must draw a safe landing path for the aircraft to follow. Air Control Lite is an addictive simple to play but difficult to master game that can be played on faster speed for a quick bash or on standard speed for a longer endurance game. I found it best to start on the fast speed and then slow it down when it starts to get busy. There are a few ads on the screen both in the menus and the game but do not stop you from trying out the game before purchasing the full version.

I have recently purchased this app to support the creator and remove the ads. I am still playing it several months later and my wife enjoys it aswell because she cannot get this on her iphone.
still 10/10

Thursday, 2 August 2012

BBC Olympics App - No Video

Does anyone else have issues with the video on this app? the rest of the app works fine. I have installed iPlayer, Flash Player and Mobo player but it still does not let me play videos on the BBC Olympics App.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Voice Talk - Network Error

The Voice talk application requires access to the Internet so if you get an error "Please check your network and try again" you will need to enable and connect via WiFi or 3G.

If you get the message "Network error. Please try again" you are connected to a network that does not have access to the Internet  You can tell your phone to forget this connection under 'Wireless an Network' > WiFi Settings or you could disable WiFi to connect with 3G.

Discovering the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2

What is inside the box?

The Galaxy Ace 2 comes with a USB cable, mains charger, headphones with microphone. No I did not forget the instructions because it did not come with instructions. I like to play first, to see if I can figure it out for myself but I also like to flick through the instructions because you always miss a feature. I am very disappointed that it does not have instructions.

The Phone

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 -GT-i8160
  • 3.8 inch screen at 400x800 TFT 
  • 4GB storage space
  • 1.1GB user storage space
  • Micro SD card slot (up-to 32GB)
  • 800MHz Dual core processor
  • 768MB Ram
  • 5MP Camera - auto focus with LED Flash
  • 3MP front facing camera
  • GPS built-in receiver
  • WIFI / Bluetooth 3.0 / 3G
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system
  • Touchwiz 4 Interface
  • Motion UX
See the full spec at the Samsung website

USB cable

For connection to your laptop or PC. You can synchronise it to you computer using Kies I am told but I will try this out later. I have only used it to charge my phone so far.

Main Charger

Umm... this plugs into the mains power and charges the phone.

Headphones with microphone

These are in-ear bud earphones with a small microphone on the cable. They work well but are white in colour even though my phone is black.


None provided. Some tutorials built into the phone (like for swype) but not for all of the functions.

Buying a Samsung Galaxy Ace 2

Being new to smart phones, I upgraded from a O2 pay and go account to O2 contract by going into the store. The staff were helpful and they copied my contacts from my old Nokia6210 to the Galaxy Ace using a little simcard copy device. He continued to "setup" the phone, not sure what this was but it took him about 2mins, which was followed by a demonstration of how to use the basic functions like calling, messaging, email and personalisation.

I opted for the minimum package of 200 mins + 250 O2 mins + Unlimited texts + 100MB data. I was sure the 550 mins call time would be plenty, Unlimited texts, awsome. But the data of 100MB sounded very tiny to me but I don't know how much data a smart phone needs. I will have to see.