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Samsung Galaxy Ace review

Is the little brother in the Galaxy range an Ace up Samsung's sleeve?

Our Verdict

A well-priced and featured phone let down by its low-quality screen and slow processor.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 158 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 11 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 320

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  • Compatible with Google Navigation
  • Easy to set up webmail
  • Light and feels good in the hand


  • Slow internet
  • Laggy and jerky response when swiping
  • Social media lacking
  • Low quality screen

Samsung Galaxy Ace review

As well as offering a wide selection of downloadable content via the ever-present and newly named Google Play Market, the Samsung Galaxy Ace offers access to the bespoke Samsung Apps store.

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Infuriately long-winded to set up and access on first use, the Samsung Apps store offers a largely similar array of app-based software as its Google-branded counterpart.

Things aren't a mere mirror image, however, since across a number of apps there are a range of price discrepancies.

Samsung Galaxy Ace

Once the Samsung Apps store has finally kicked into life, the price differences become apparent with a variety of games, utilities and performance-enhancing Android apps on the Samsung store being a number of pounds more expensive when snapped up away from the Google-branded outlet.

Samsung Galaxy Ace review

Many games long past their peak are still on offer even if they've subsequently been replaced by franchise instalments.

Samsung Galaxy Ace

There can be price differences and there's a lot less on offer - it doesn't really matter as you can just ignore it and use Google's excellent portal, but it may be initially confusing to some.


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Google Navigation really is outstanding. This version of Android enables you to download a voice directions plug-in and, although the voice is very robotic, you can make that sacrifice because usability is top notch.

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You can search for directions by speaking the place (which actually works!), typing in, or selecting a contact's address.

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You can choose to have driving or walking directions, both of which are always accurate, from our experience. The GPS signal never falters and, unlike some sat navs (including Nav free and Nokia's Ovi maps), Google Maps tends to always select the shortest route – and even knew some shortcuts that we thought were our own little secrets!

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Google Maps has improved fantastically over time, and while it runs rather slowly on this ageing phone, it still is a great app and asset to have in the pocket. You can sync your favourite locations from the desktop, tag where your friends live for easy access and although you don't have the power to see 3D buildings like the more high-end handsets, still get a rich mapping app to use.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory158 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSDPA, GPRS, EDGE
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Product FamilyGalaxy
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time11 Hour
Product ModelGalaxy Ace
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)113 g
Maximum Video Resolution320 x 240
Processor ManufacturerARM
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCaller ID, Call Timer, Conference Call, Call Log
Height112.4 mm
Width59.9 mm
Depth11.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product NameGalaxy Ace Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Product LineGalaxy
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S5830OKAXEU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Samsung Galaxy Ace embraces a minimalists design while packing in loads of powerful features. It is simply stunning to look at and will feel quit special when you operate the large 3.5" HVGA touch screen. Access to the Android Market is certain to provide endless amounts of fun, especially considering 100000 plus apps are currently available. The Galaxy Ace also provides a powerful 800MHz processor, which helps to run the fully integrated Social Hub. This ingeniously collates all of your social networking, mail and instant messaging onto one screen. So, why not experience a new way of life with the Galaxy Ace, which is everything you want in modern communication.

Minimal Yet Sophisticated Design

GALAXY Ace takes a minimal approach in its design, resulting in a sophisticated mobile that will allure. The smooth rounded edges and slim, compact size are a pleasure to wrap your fingers around, just as the large 3.5" HVGA screen is a delight to watch.

Limited Warranty2 Year