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Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 review

With decent battery life, a bright screen and 4G the Ace 3 is a strong contender

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is a handset that helps to highlight Samsung's commitment to cover every aspect of the mobile market. It sits rather well between the lower-powered and lower-priced Samsung Galaxy Fame and the more expensive Galaxy S4 Mini and the full-fat Galaxy S4.

In terms of price the Galaxy Ace 3 is pitted against the newly released HTC Desire 500, as well as the Nokia Lumia 625 and Sony Xperia M, and with 4G on board it gives itself an immediate selling point. As 4G is already available across the globe, and becoming more accessible in the UK, this will only help.

We liked

4G is perhaps the biggest selling point and boost to the Galaxy Ace 3. It is good to see the technology make its way across devices, especially to the more wallet-friendly handsets.

The battery life was also impressive. It might not have an auto-brightness setting (something that is hard to explain), but the battery behind the Galaxy Ace 3 lasts long enough to get through the whole day, with power in reserve at the end of the day.

The inclusion of a microSD slot is also to be praised. The 8GB internal storage is a lot better than the HTC Desire 500 and Sony Xperia M, but it's good to know you can pack it with even more.

We disliked

While the Desire 500 might come with a lower internal storage, it does ship with a quad-core 1.2GHz processor. This might be the same speed as the dual-core insides of the Galaxy Ace 3, but the power of the extra cores is noticeable, as the Desire 500 felt generally smoother.

The Galaxy Ace 3 is also a little heavy. It is definitely noticeable in the hand and in the pocket. Despite being only 12g heavier than the Galaxy S4 Mini, it feels like it could be enough to cause a screen crack in the event of a drop.

The camera was also a little disappointing. Given Samsung's sensors are generally among the best, this is all the more disheartening. The dual-core insides also meant that it took a second to focus, which meant that the odd photo came out blurred.

Verdict

The Galaxy Ace range has traditionally been a lower-powered and lower-priced, and this has continued with the Galaxy Ace 3.

There are obviously going to be some trade-offs for the lower price, such as a smaller processor, smaller and lower-res screen, and smaller camera.

The Galaxy Ace 3 does come with 4G on board, though, and that is a big win for the handset. It brings the latest in mobile technology to the masses, and that alone will help the Ace 3 sell well.

It also comes with decent battery life, a bright screen and around 5GB of internal storage, which is a lot larger than the Xperia M and the Desire 500. It's hard to see why you wouldn't choose the Galaxy Ace 3 over those competitors.

First reviewed: December 2013

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported64 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+
SAR Value0.47 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyGalaxy Ace 3
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 800, LTE 900, LTE 1800, LTE 2600
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Product ModelGT-S7275
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)119.5 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerBroadcom
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.2 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density233 ppi
Front Camera Resolution300 Kilopixel
Height121.2 mm
Width62.7 mm
Depth10 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameGalaxy Ace 3 GT-S7275 Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Product LineGalaxy Ace 3
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S7275HKABTU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Building on the success of the previous Galaxy Ace series, the Galaxy Ace 3 boasts powerful performance with a 1.2GHz dual core processor built to perform data-intensive tasks faster and more efficiently.

Powered by Android™ Jellybean 4.2, the larger 4.0 inch display offers a brilliant viewing experience while playing games and watching movies. The 5-megapixel camera is equipped with exciting features, including Sound & Shot, Best Photo, and Buddy Photo Share to fuel your creativity and allow easy sharing amongst friends.

To provide a more intuitive user experience, the Galaxy Ace 3 comes equipped with several smart features including:

  • 'S Translator': Gives instantaneous translations at any time, wherever you are
  • 'S Travel': Provides guides and travel information for your next trip
  • 'Smart Stay': Recognises when you are looking at the phone, and saves battery life when you look away by dimming the screen and powering down using advanced facial recognition
  • 'S Voice': Offers voice command functionality
  • Easy Mode': Brings a simple and intuitive homescreen mode for streamlined access to your top functions
Limited Warranty2 Year