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May 12, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Ace Review

by Franz Bicar

The Samsung Galaxy Ace is Samsung’s entry to dominate the mid-range smartphone market. With its combination of price and features, the Galaxy might just do that - dominate.

The Ace offers a complete Android experience at a very reasonable price. At $350, it has an 800MHz Qualcomm chipset and 278MB of RAM, you have a device that does everything for you. Samsung included a 5-megapixel camera with a microSD card slot on the side and a 3.5-inch screen.

At first glance, some would mistake the Galaxy Ace as an iPhone 4 clone - and rightly so. I’m not really sure what Samsung was thinking with the Ace’s design. Maybe ride on the iPhone 4′s hype? Even the lone physical button at the bottom of the phone looks like a direct replica of the iPhone 4. For a company that has made tremendous advancements in its phone designs, this is definitely a step backwards.

While the design is poor, the features, on the other hand, are more than sufficient.

The Ace has a 3.5-inch TFT screen with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. The screen is bright enough with vivid colors and has decent viewing angles. It suffers most when viewed under bright sunlight. There’s no ambient light sensor so the brightness isn’t automatically adjusted. The response of its capacitive screen is snappy and registers even the lightest of touches.

The Galaxy Ace S5830 is among the first Froyo-powered smartphones in the Samsung lineup. As most Samsung phones, it comes with the TouchWiz interface developed by Samsung. It’s nothing that breaks away too much from the traditional Android UI, but enough to make it recognizably a Samsung interface. Users have up to seven screens to fill up with widgets and applications.

The Samsung Ace comes with a 5-megapixel camera. It has a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1920 pixels. There is an LED flash and some extra goodies like smile and face recognition. The Ace doesn’t have a physical shutter key, so users will have to the on screen option. For a 5MP camera, the Ace takes pretty good pictures. The contrast is nice as is the color rendering. The amount of captured detail is very high too and the noise levels are kept reasonable.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace can handle all common types of messages with ease – SMS, MMS and email. As this is Android, Gmail integration is also implemented perfectly. Its connectivity pacakge offers Wi-Fi (b/g/n), Buetooth v2.1 with A2DP support and USB v2.0. The USB interface is standard microUSB, which makes finding a suitable cable a lot easier.

The Ace uses Android’s built-in browser. Its one of the best available browsers for a mobile device. It’s fast, generally bug-free and easy to use. Even with the Ace’s screen, the browser can handle and display complex pages well. Text are readable and panning and zooming are fast. One thing missing though, is flash support. But, the Samsung Galaxy Ace has a YouTube app to compensate for this.

Overall, the Samsung Ace is a very capable phone. At its price range, you could not ask for more. Except for its iPhone-like design, which some people want to get away from, the Samsung Ace can very well dominate the mid-range smartphone market.

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  1. Hey, I have worked in the mobile industry for 9 years… just to add to this review, the Samsung Galaxy Ace is not like the iphone in design, infact not much different to the galaxy s. The lone button on the bottom of the phone is complimented by 2 touch sensitive buttons either side of the main hardware button (home key). The phone is very plasticy to feel but also fairly solid. It comes with two back covers smooth white and textured black. Its capable of playing games such as angry birds (2D imaging) very well indeed, but when it comes to 3D games it wont cope with the higher end ones which you will need to run on a faster processor. Since the launch of the Galaxy SII and all other dual core cpu android phones the games released on the app market are going to require a faster phone than this to run smoothly.

    Comment by Paz — May 13, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

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