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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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For

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

Against

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

Samsung Galaxy Ace review

Having launched last year running Google's Android 2.2 mobile operating system, FroYo, the fast-evolving software means that the Samsung Galaxy Ace now comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread pre-installed.

However, things have moved on now, and even the budget handsets are coming with Android Jelly Bean, the latest version of the software which brings a host of improvements, so the Ace is starting to age really badly on that front.

If you're a first time smartphone buyer though, it won't matter too much - you should look at the alternatives, but for the price Android 2.3 performs just fine for the most part.

One of a broad range of varying-sized, differently-specified Google-filled Samsung handsets, the Samsung Galaxy Ace combines the Gingerbread OS with Samsung's TouchWiz user interface. This creates a user experience that is tried, tested and a safe bet that appeases user needs without offering a revolutionary or inspiring environment.

Samsung Galaxy Ace review

Intuitive to use from the box, the Android-based platform plies the user with the standard array of Google apps pre-installed that are easily and handily arranged alongside a host of widgets and shortcuts across the somewhat limited trio of home screens.

Largely due to the handset's restricted 258MB of RAM and 800MHz CPU, opening applications is a stilted affair, with a slight pause preceding the arrival of the desired programme and its content.

Samsung Galaxy Ace review

This intermittent performance isn't limited solely to app openings, however. Bringing the phone out of sleep mode is sometimes farcically slow and stilted, often causing you to second-guess the button press - an irritating issue that starts a vicious loop of counteracting button presses.

Scrolling through menus and lists is also a little more stilted and jilted than ideal, with a smooth flowing start brought to abrupt stops shortly after. This slows the user experience and puts the device marginally behind some its similarly specced and even lower-end competitors.

It sports four main applications (Calling, Contacts, Messages and Menu) at the bottom of the screen, separating these from the cavalcade of applications at the top, similar to that found in the iOS.

Samsung galaxy ace

It also has a nifty task manager widget to help you keep your battery life optimised by showing what you've currently got running in the background.

Samsung galaxy ace

That said, the battery life isn't bad as it uses a standard Li-Ion 1350mAh, which despite being under-powered compared to other smartphones (the top end devices are nearly three times the capacity, but are far more expensive) manages to hold on OK throughout the day.

Another useful widget is the bar at the top enabling you to quickly switch on/off the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, sync as well as increase the brightness of the screen.

Samsung galaxy ace

Annoyingly, for non-gamers, there are a four pre-installed games that can't be uninstalled, clogging up memory and space on the menu screen.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ColourBlack
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
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCaller ID, Call Timer, Conference Call, Call Log
Height112.4 mm
Width59.9 mm
Depth11.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameGalaxy Ace Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Product LineGalaxy
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S5830OKAXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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