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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

As with every smartphone, the Galaxy Ace 3 is likely to be used more to send messages to contacts, rather than to make voice calls.

Android devices come with many messaging options, with some preinstalled and some available from the Play Store. But first, let's take a look at the keyboard.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Previous Samsung Galaxy devices have tended to struggle, although things seemed to have been remedied since the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the Galaxy Ace 3.

This is down to a combination of things, including a smaller screen and poor autocorrect. In fact, it barely qualifies as autocorrect, as you have to manually choose the correction should you find that you've mistyped.

The smaller screen size also makes it more comfortable to use when typing in landscape mode, if a little stretched still, at least when aiming my digits at the middle keys. The keyboard wasn't overly impressive, but I didn't feel forced to download a third-party app.

SMS and MMS messaging is handled, rather unsurprisingly, by the Messaging app. The blue and yellow bubbles are there again, but these can be switched out for something a little different. You can also change the background. Small contact photos also sit next to the bubbles.

Email

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Part of the TouchWiz customisation has made its way over to the email app, which is smartly designed and functional.

The clean UI makes it easy to use, and the support for multiple accounts and an aggregated inbox makes it a lot more intuitive.

Google has also bundled its Gmail client in with Android devices. With the latest update bringing in contact photos, and swiping to archive messages, the app is more packed and more intuitive than ever. It also brings across all the features that has made the desktop client so powerful.

ChatON

ChatON is a feature that now graces every Samsung device. It sends instant messages to your contacts, making it a rival to WhatsApp, BBM and iMessage. You can also use it to send voice messages, as well as pictures.

Samsung has clearly given its platform some thought, and it's rather good. Unfortunately, it's unlikely to catch on: when I tested it, I found that I had all of three contacts. The rise of the cross-platform WhatsApp and BBM won't do ChatON any favours.

Overall, the messaging experience on the Galaxy Ace 3 is neither particularly impressive nor notably disappointing. For users who spend a lot of time tapping out emails and texts, a third-party keyboard might be necessary.

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