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Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy Ace Plus, and Galaxy Mini 2 hands-on pictures

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We checked out three of Samsung's mid-range smartphones at MWC in Barcelona.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus
Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus

Samsung's Galaxy phone lineup is basically two separate things: the Galaxy S phones, mostly high-end devices with cutting-edge specs, and the Galaxy models, for which there's about every combination of specs and design you could imagine. The Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy Ace Plus, and Galaxy Mini 2 occupy the middle of the Galaxy range, three decidedly average phones without much to differentiate even among the three. The Galaxy Ace 2 has a 3.8-inch, 800 x 480 display, and an 800MHz dual-core processor; the Ace Plus has a single-core, 1GHz processor and a 3.65-inch, 480 x 320 display. Both have 5-megapixel cameras, and run Gingerbread with Touchwiz on top. Then there's the Galaxy Mini, a slightly smaller phone with a 3.3-inch, 480 x 320 display, and a 3-megapixel camera — otherwise it's virtually identical to the other two models.

As we used the three phones, even the experience was the same: all work reasonably well, but the displays are incredibly underwhelming and the phones themselves feel surprisingly thick. All three feel like Samsung chasing yet another niche user, making sure there's no possible phone buyer whose wishlist can't be met by one of its devices. And really, should we expect anything else from Samsung?