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Should I buy the Samsung Galaxy Ace now?


May 16, 2011
I'm looking to buy an Android phone to replace my Nokia 5800. And from what I've gathered, the Samsung Galaxy Ace seems to best fit my needs.

But I'm worried about Android updates. As far as I know, the Ace already has 2.3 in the works.
But what about future updates? I don't want to stay stuck in an old version...

I've heard something about Google wanting to force manufacturers to do an "18 month after launch obligatory" update rule, but I don't know if that applies to the Galaxy Ace.

So, can someone enlighten me please?
The Galaxy Ace is a sprightly phone with 2.2 and 2.3 will make it better still. Its pretty good for what it got. But if you are truly concerned about long term updates, the Samsung you should get is the Nexus S.

The potential for long term update support on the low to mid end phones like the Ace is more iffy because of the hardware. Something more powerful like the Nexus S can hold multiple updates all around. Note how the Nexus One managed to keep up all this time.

The Ace is a nice low to mid end Android, but remember, these phones are well optimized for the OS at the present and the next one after that, but as time goes on, there will be an increasing disparity of between the hardware and the increasing requirements of more advanced OS.

I got an HTC Magic, or MyTouch 3G, which came with Android 1.5, upgraded to 1.6 and eventually moved to 2.2 Froyo. But with Froyo it turned into a slug. The phone was happiest around the 1.6 level.
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