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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The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3's camera comes in it a pretty average 5MP, with a VGA sensor sat on the front. This puts it behind the HTC Desire 500, as that comes in with an 8MP sensor.

The camera can also be launched from the lock screen, which makes it a little quicker. Unfortunately, the slower processor meant that it took a second to load up, so you're left wondering if the Ace 3 was doing anything.

The dual-core processor made the camera app feel a little sluggish throughout, with autofocus taking a second. It wasn't a major problem, but was noticeable.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 review

It also has the annoying habit of remembering which camera you were using last, so if you were using the front facing camera, you will be greeted by your face.

There are so many options to play with as well; Auto, Best Photo, Continuous Shot, Sound & Shot, Panorama, Sports and Night.

It is quite a comprehensive list, with each one being pretty self-explanatory. Samsung's venture into the camera market, with the Samsung Galaxy Camera, is really paying its dividends here.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 review

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 will never be a match for the Galaxy S4 Zoom for sheer photographic power, and the amount of photographic options is understandably less than on more expensive Galaxy models.

Buried within the settings menu are all the usual tools you'd expect to find on camera phones. There are two menus, one accessed via the menu button and one via the little on-screen gear button.

Quick settings allow you to toggle flash, autofocus, timer, video recording mode and automatic sharing. The latter of these allows you to share quicker with people that the Ace 3 detects in the photo, via ChatON or Wi-Fi Direct.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 review

Deeper in the settings you can change the photo size, focus mode, metering and ISO levels.The Galaxy Ace 3 naturally shoots in 4MP wide mode, as the 5MP is saved for 4:3 photos.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 camera also comes with an single LED flash. It is bright enough in lower-light conditions, but will never be a match for the more powerful flashes on even the most compact of cameras.

It's disappointing that the Drama mode, Animated photo, Best and Beauty face modes don't make it over to the Galaxy Ace 3, but again, given the lower price tag this is just something to be tolerated. Samsung's Picture in picture is also unavailable. Such a shame.

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The front facing camera is average

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Rather than having two separate apps (or one app with a little toggle switch in the corner), the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 continues the trend of bundling both the camera and video camera into one tidy app.

I got used to it, but initial plays with this app were a little confusing. I tapped the Video recording button, expecting it to switch to video mode, but it started recording. This took a few seconds get used to, but it is a bigger feature than it originally appears to be.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 review

It means that switching between taking photos, and recording videos, is a lot smoother and easier. Disappointingly, unlike the HTC Desire 500, there was no option to take stills whilst filming.

The video recording also includes the ability to zoom whilst filming. This is a feature that is too often missed on other devices, even though it is probably just a minor feature. Anyway, it's there, so smiles all round.

The video recording quality is rather good, being able to record at 30fps at 1080p HD quality. HD video recording is slowly hitting more and more phones, but it is nice to be able to have higher-quality recordings, meaning it is suitable for a much wider range of occasions.

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