Features Key features of the Galaxy Ace 3  vs Ace 2 

screen size

Typing is easy on the Galaxy Ace 2, since your thumb can reach almost everywhere on the screen at that size, so you'll be able to quickly shoot text message replies without having to resort to the other hand for holding the phone.
GALAXY Ace 2 | by PhoneArena (Jul, 2012)

screen resolution

Galaxy Ace 3
800 x 480
GALAXY Ace 2
800 x 480
Allowing for quicker access to key handset details and messaging alerts, the Android standard pull-down notification menu offers speedy shortcuts to the most vital data, helping to keep the Ace follow-on running along smoothly.
GALAXY Ace 2 | by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)

memory

GALAXY Ace 2
0.75 GB

processor

Galaxy Ace 3
Dual core
GALAXY Ace 2
Dual core
The compact size and good PLS LCD screen will be a boost for the everyday interaction with your smartphone, whether you are in or outside, and the dual-core processor under the hood will make sure you don't feel underpowered.
GALAXY Ace 2 | by PhoneArena (Apr, 2012)

camera resolution

Samsung decided to keep the camera resolution on the new Galaxy Ace at 5MP, but they enabled 720p recording and added a front-facing camera.
GALAXY Ace 2 | by GSM Arena (Apr, 2012)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

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Is 4G Yes vs No Somewhat common; Supports the fastest, most reliable networks
Much better theoretical download speed 150 Mb/s vs 14.4 Mb/s Around 10.5x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Faster processor 1 GHz vs 0.8 GHz Around 25% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Slightly bigger screen 4" vs 3.8" More than 5% bigger screen
Side view of Samsung GALAXY Ace 2

Reasons to consider the
Samsung GALAXY Ace 2

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Much newer operating system Android 4.1.2 vs Android 4.2.2 Newer Android OS; Get all the latest features and security updates with a more recent version
Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes vs No Somewhat common; Share your cellphone's data plan with other devices
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Longer standby time (3G) 38,448 min vs 22,176 min Around 75% longer standby time (3G)

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Ace 3  vs Ace 2 

7.0
6.5

6.0
7.0
Coming for a general all-round overhaul, the Galaxy Ace 2 has been bumped to an 800MHz dual-core processor from a similar speed single-core offering whilst the handset's RAM offering has made the jump from 278MB to a far more respectable 768MB.
GALAXY Ace 2

Overall

6.5 Out of 10
7.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy Ace 3  vs
Ace 2 
Size 4" 3.8"
Resolution 800 x 480 800 x 480
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 233 ppi 245 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1 GHz 0.8 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Dual core
RAM 1 GB 0.75 GB
Internal storage 4 GB 4 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
SDHC
SD

photo & video

Camera 5 MP 5 MP
Resolution 5 MP 5 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 0.3 MP 0.3 MP
Video resolution 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 3.5G
Networks
LTE (20 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE Cat4 (150 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
Unknown (150 Mb/s)
LTE Cat3/4 Uplink (50 Mb/s)
HSDPA (14.4 Mb/s)
LTE Cat3
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 480 min 450 min
Standby time (3G) 22,176 min 38,448 min
Capacity 1,500 mA·h 1,500 mA·h

form factor

Galaxy Ace 3  vs
Ace 2 
Weight 120 g 122 g
Thickness 10 mm 10.5 mm
Size 62.7 x 121.2 x 10 mm 62.2 x 118.3 x 10.5 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio No Yes

software

Operating system Android 4.2.2 Android 4.1.2
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot No Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v3.0
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3
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