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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

No matter how many new headline-leading features are introduced to the increasingly smart range of smartphones, the core base of a handset will always be its ability to make and receive telephone calls.

On this front, the Samsung Galaxy Ace is a combination of acceptable and slightly disappointing abilities, with the standard Android array of contacts and calling menus once again proving easy to navigate, simple to set up and modify.

Courtesy of TouchWiz 3.0, contacts are easily joined to Facebook, Twitter and Google accounts, which is a definite plus for the social media moguls.

Samsung galaxy ace

The History section of the contacts is handy because it not only shows your received and made calls, but also messages.

When making calls, however, the Samsung Galaxy Ace fails to come into its own. It offers a mildly disappointing communication experience that, while impressive in some areas, falls far short of expectations and the desired ideal in others.

Although offering good isolation of the contact's voice during calls, removing background noise and unwanted sounds well, the resulting in-ear factor is a very distant, slightly muffled and echoey sound.

Samsung galaxy ace

This can make hearing your desired contact's comments a little harder that necessary, even when volume options are pushed to their maximum limits.

Thanks again in part to the handset's sometimes questionable screen responsiveness, answering incoming calls via the Android standard swipe to answer method can take a couple of attempts. This adds yet another unnecessary issue to the handset's arsenal that after a few occurrences begins to grate on your patience.

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