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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Battery life

A smartphone is only as good as its weakest elements. It would be impossible to have an amazing phone with only enough power in the battery to power it for ten minutes. Take a look at TechRadar's HTC One review, for instance, with it achieving the five star status only after getting an update to look at battery problems.

Every user will find different battery drain on the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3, but we feel that the 1800mAh is sufficient for most people. We found that during tests, the Ace 3 lasted all day with a little left over.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 review

Battery life is an area that Samsung has really given some thought to. The quick settings that sit in the notifications bar have been around for as long as we can remember. They really help save battery life, giving you the ability to turn off battery draining services such as Wi-Fi and GPS.

Disappointingly, there is no auto-brightness feature on the Galaxy Ace 3, as this is a feature that helps to preserve battery life.

To test the Galaxy Ace 3, I put it through a standard day, taking it off charge at 8am, using it to send lots of Facebook, email and SMS messages, as well as taking the odd photograph. At the end of that, it had a pleasing 20% battery left.


When it comes to connectivity, modern smartphones are getting more and more connected. Even entry-level devices come with NFC. Being a mid-range phone, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 includes a lot of options.


Wi-Fi, GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G and DLNA are all built in, although Samsung is saving the Infra Red blasters for the more expensive flagships.

It comes with 4G on board, which shows just how far the roll-out has come in the UK. Fast mobile Internet technology is slowly making its way down to cheaper devices, helping to boost users and push the technology further.

Wi-Fi is supported to b/g/n standards (as well as Wi-Fi Direct on board), with Bluetooth supported to 4.0 standard, with A2DP support also available. DLNA streaming is also built in to the Galaxy Ace 3.

Connection to the PC is done via a microUSB port, which also doubles itself up as the charging point, as it always has done on Galaxy devices. This sets the Galaxy Ace 3 up as an external drive, meaning that the usual drag and drop features on the desktop are still present.

Samsung also has its proprietary KIES software, which the Galaxy Ace 3 can connect to via the microUSB cable, or via KIES Air (if both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network).

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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
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
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 Address
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