Samsung Galaxy Ace

Samsung Galaxy Ace

The Ace caters to the mid-range sector of the Galaxy line-up, offering a 3.5-inch touchscreen, a 5 megapixel camera, and HSDPA and WiFi speeds

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Editor's Review of the Galaxy Ace

Reviewed by on 18th February 2011

The modestly named Samsung Galaxy Ace is the sequel to 2009's Galaxy Portal, although its fair to say, they don't have much in common. It seems last year's flagship has become this year's mid-range, with the Galaxy Ace holding more in common with the high-end Samsung Galaxy S.

Design/Build

Samsung isn't discreet about taking style tips from Apple, as the metallic bezel and iPhone-like front panel of the Galaxy Ace looks very much like Steve Jobs' latest offering. Still, this is by no means a bad thing, and will surely aid the handset in flying off the shelves.

Available in both Black and White, something Apple never quite got round to, the Galaxy Ace offers two different looks to appeal to different tastes. Its rugged black back panel offers an air of sophistication, and its matte rigid texture feels comfortable to hold. It's Galaxy Tab-style white battery cover on the otherhand feels somewhat cheap, and although it may be eyecatching, is unlikely to withstand tumbles.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace is much chunkier than many other modern smartphones, and given its compact 3.5 inch screen, we were hoping for something a little bit more streamlined. Still, it still remains comfortable to hold, as is by no means a mammoth device.

OS & Interface

Much like it's iPhone idol, the Galaxy Ace sports a 3.5 inch LCD display, yet offers a lesser HVGA 320 x 480 resolution. The lowly pixel count becomes an issue when browsing the web, and at full zoom, text is sometimes illegible. Other than that, it got the job done, and considering the its price tag, we shouldn't complain.

With Android 2.2 onboard, Samsung mid-range's mid range smartphone will still be running Froyo, as Android 2.3 toting devices take to the shelves. Still, dressed in Samsung's TouchWiz UI, this doesn't become an issue, offering Facebook and Twitter integration, up to 7 customizable homescreens and an all-new notifications toolbar.

As much as we loved the friendly UI, the handset's 800MHz processor just doesn't cut it when it comes to smooth scrolling, and frustratingly, there's a noticable lag,

Multimedia & Storage

The Galaxy Ace sports a rear-facing 5 megapixel camera, and unlike many of Samsung's other budget handsets, it comes with a flash. This sets it apart from its older siblings, offering excellent picture quality in the poorest of conditions. Sadly, its video capture isn't quite up to scratch, offering QVGA recording at 15 frames per second. Still, it's perfectly average enough for popping onto YouTube.

The handset also arrives with Samsung's TouchWiz music player, which although is plain to look at, has a host of hidden features. It come's equipped with an equalizer, and a nice little tool that lets you quickly look up a song on Google or YouTube. The music widget also appears in the drop down notifications menu, enabling anywhere track skipping and pausing

With only 158MB of internal storage, we're glad to see Samsung have chucked in a 2GB microSD card. Still, if you're hoping this handset will replace your music player, you'll need to fork out for a 32GB card.

Everything Else

When it comes to browsing, the screen may be poor, but connectivity certainly isn't. The Samsung Galaxy Ace packs HSDPA and WiFi 802.11g internet speeds, ideal for speedy rendering.

There's also a hefty 1350mAh battery onboard, promising up to 11 hours of talk time on just one juicing.

Conclusion

It may have its downsides, but considering its price-tag, the Samsung Galaxy Ace is a very strong contender in the mid-range market. With its stylish design, impressive camera and host of connectivity options, there's no doubting that this Android smartphone is ready to compete.

User Reviews

Based on an average user rating
Reviewed on 16th March 2013
by Harry Ramsden , Manchester England

This phone is rubbish it has an inherent fault, it won`t connect properly to the internet it drops out constantly, better still you miss phone calls, incoming calls they don`t connect, go straight to answer phone or you appear unavailable it also drops out when you are on the phone. I`m told by carphone warehouse that this is a common fault and there is an upgrade available although its only a 50% chance it will work, so all in all leave well alone

Reviewed on 11th February 2012
by anne , taiwan

yes, i have one coz i like samsung Ace but why i cant watch some video in other website eventhough i have a strong connection..do i need to download a adobe flash flyer

Reviewed on 20th June 2011
by Prasanna , Bangalore

It is very nice phone and fully friendly free usage

Reviewed on 1st May 2011
by muthayib , London

i love this phone - mine came with a free screen protector and the internet connectivity is so good! the only bad points are that it has no front facing camera and small internal memory but i knew this before i bought it! better than the galaxy s! 5 stars!

Reviewed on 27th April 2011
by kevin , scotland

I got this phone on may monthly and got unlimited texts, and as my first contract phone its great!

Good points:

The phone looks great, and people keep saying it looks alot like the iPhone 4 although it's nowhere near as expensive!
I love the Facebook app, it looks great on the 3.5 inch screen which is extremely bright and clear.
My favourite feature is that I can connect to my wireless modem at home which saves me worrying about going over my data allowance! The browser is great too and really fast.

Bad points:

One bad point is the phones battery. Lots of modern smartphones come with much more powerful batteries nowadays, but it seems Samsung let it slip on this one. It's OK considering its price though.
Although the phone looks good it shows up finger prints really easily! Its a bit of a nightmare having to clean it all of the time.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this new Galaxy phone to anyone looking for an affordable Android phone!

Reviewed on 26th April 2011
by Grace , Walthamstow

i love thie way this phone looks, it's extremely light and looks a lot more expensive than it actually is! i'm new to android, so it's taking a little while to get the hang of, especially the onscreen keyboard. i love all the apps though and i haven't put it down since i got it! only problem is the poor battery life

Reviewed on 11th April 2011
by yashi , singapore

A sure fire 9.8/10

Reviewed on 18th March 2011
by Lhin , Singapore

I own it. everything working perfect better than i expected. Fast and smooth. I love this phone. 9.5/10

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Samsung Galaxy Ace News

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By on April 23rd, 2012
Top 10 Budget Smartphones for 2012

2012 is not the best year to be alive. Mayans have predicted the end of the world on December 21st, and our wonderful economic system (that’s brought us great things like smartphones!) is on the brink of collapse. That being said, if the Mayans were so clever, then why are they now extinct? Something that […]

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Samsung Galaxy Ace Hugo Boss edition unveiled

By on November 21st, 2011
Samsung Galaxy Ace Hugo Boss edition unveiled

Following the release of the Galaxy S Armani edition, Samsung has teamed up with top designers Hugo Boss to create a luxurious-edition of the Samsung Galaxy Ace. Named the Galaxy Ace Hugo Boss edition, Samsung claims that the handset has been “specially tailored to the lifestyle of the fashion brand’s customers.” Sticking to its promise, the […]

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Purple Samsung Galaxy Ace shows up at O2

By on October 11th, 2011
Purple Samsung Galaxy Ace shows up at O2

O2 has silently launched Samsung’s Galaxy Ace in purple, which is now available to buy online. The phone, which comes dressed in a glossy purple battery cover, is available to grab from just £16.50 per month on a 2 year contract, including 50 minutes, 250 texts and 500MB of mobile data. Alternatively, it’ll cost you […]

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Samsung Galaxy S, S2 and Ace to be banned in Europe

By on August 24th, 2011
Samsung Galaxy S, S2 and Ace to be banned in Europe

Wow, it seems there’s no stopping Apple, as a judge has now ruled that Samsung must stop selling the Galaxy S, Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Ace throughout The Netherlands and ‘many European countries’. A court in Dutch city The Hague has issued a ruling in Apple’s patent infringement case against Samsung, prohibiting ”the marketing of Samsung smartphones Galaxy S, […]

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Samsung Galaxy Ace gets Android 2.3.3 on Three

By on July 28th, 2011
Samsung Galaxy Ace gets Android 2.3.3 on Three

Three has started rolling-out Android 2.3.3 to its Samsung Galaxy Ace customers, bringing a bunch of new tweaks to the iPhone-styled handset. That’s according to Three customer Paul Jauncy, who announced on Twitter that he’d received the update. He said, albeit vaguely, “update for #galaxyace downloaded and running ok.” Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) may not be a major […]

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Samsung Galaxy S2 and HTC Sensation get price-drop on Three

By on July 28th, 2011
Samsung Galaxy S2 and HTC Sensation get price-drop on Three

Three has slashed the price of its Android line-up, and is selling five HTC and Samsung‘s best-sellers from just £15 per month. In a bid to make it easier for first-time smartphone buyers, the network has dropped the price of its most popular Android handsets, including; the HTC Desire S, HTC Sensation, Samsung Galaxy Ace, […]

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Samsung S5830 Galaxy Ace Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Ace

Size

112.4mm x 59.9mm x 11.5mm

Weight

113 grams

Display

Full capacitive touch screen

Type: TFT LCD

Size: 3.5 inches

Resolution: 320 x 480

Input

Keyboard: On-screen

Operating System

Android 2.2

Interface: TouchWiz 3.0 UI


Storage

Storage

Internal: 150MB

External: microSD up to 32GB

Included: 2GB microSD card

Miscellaneous

CPU: 800MHz

A-GPS with maps

Internet

Internet

Data Speed

Up to 7.2 Mbps download speed

Data Protocols

3G, HSDPA

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n

Connectivity

Connectivity

Audio: 3.5mm stereo jack

Data: Standard microUSB

Quad Band

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth 2.1

A2DP for wireless stereo headsets

Camera

Camera

5.0 megapixel camera

Auto Focus and LED Flash

Video Recording

At 30 fps

Social

Social

Social Networking Features

Twitter and Facebook Widgets

Email Access

Power

Power

Battery Capacity: 1350 mAh

Talk Time: 390 minutes

Standby Time: 420 hours

Multimedia

Multimedia

Radio: FM with RDS

Audio supported formats

Playback: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, RA

Recording: Supported

Video supported formats

Playback: MP4, H.263, H.264

Recording: Supported



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The deals below above and below are for new customers. Upgrades are available on O2, Orange and Vodafone.
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£10.00 per month
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£12.50 per month
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£22.50 per month
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