Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 review

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

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Again, like every Jelly Bean device before it, the internet capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 are handled with either the native internet app, or via Google Chrome. Given that they both do the same thing in almost identical fashion, this continues to be perplexing.

Unlike on the HTC Desire 500, which came with a very well stocked native browser, there's very little difference between the two on the Galaxy Ace 3. Chrome is slightly better at managing bookmarks and tabs, especially if you have your bookmarks synced to your Google account, as the Samsung browser no longer draws them in from the cloud.

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The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is also 4G-enabled, making it more appealing to a larger audience, and keep it future-proof.

Looking back at the browser, Samsung's offering has some nifty features. Tabbed browsing and incognito browsing are available in both browsers, but the ease of making new bookmarks in Samsung's offering is slightly easier.

Hitting the star-shaped icon in the upper-right corner brings up the add bookmarks icon, and then you can choose where to save that particular bookmark.

It is also possible to turn off image loading, in order to save data - a feature that could be a boon for PAYG customers attracted by the cheaper handset price.

One nifty feature that is missing on all Galaxy devices, including the Galaxy Ace 3, is text reflow. Double tapping text will zoom the text to a certain level, but there is no custom level of zoom, no matter how I tried. Pinch to zoom works, but it will not reflow.

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Both desktop and mobile sites can be enabled, and the bright screen makes it easy to see. It is by no means easy to pick out individual elements on desktop screens,

The Galaxy Ace 3 is easily sufficient for using whilst commuting, and for a light to moderate browsing experience.

Elsewhere, functionality wise, the Samsung browser seems to have borrowed more elements from Chrome. One of these is a little magnifying pane that pops up when you long press.

Flash is also missing from the browser. Adobe pretty much killed Flash last year, but with it being offered as an optional plug-in on HTC devices, its omission is rather noticeable - not just on the Galaxy Ace 3, but on mobile generally.

As mentioned above, the syncing of your Google account with Chrome on the Galaxy Ace 3 is a big advantage. The three default homepages allow you to choose either those bookmarks, your most recently visited pages or your most-visited pages, be that on desktop or other mobile devices (including Chrome on iOS devices).

No matter what you choose, there's little that would leave you disappointed whilst web browsing on the Galaxy Ace 3.

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