Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 review

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

TODO alt text

Maps

As with every Android device, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 comes packing Google's stunning mapping application. It has helped lead to the demise of dedicated sat-nav devices; they're more the preserve of long-distance driving and for users who are out and about all the time.

Maps

For small drives, and even for the longer distances, the Google navigation option is more than sufficient. The 4-inch screen is less so, with 5-inch flagships being far better options, if only for the added screen space.

The Google mapping option is almost unparalleled. The GPS and GLONASS - Russian-developed tech similar to GPS - mean that location lock on was as swift as ever, and route planning was extremely quick.

As for the general mapping app, the dual-core processor was generally smooth with zooming in and out and rotating, only struggling when use was really demanding. There are so many features packed into the Android Google mapping app, all being pulled in from the desktop version.

Apps

When it comes to apps, you will probably have guessed that, with the Android OS behind it, the Google Play Store is where you will most likely be heading for all your app needs. Samsung has bundled in its own app hubs, should you decided that Google's offering just isn't your cup of tea.

Google Play

In reality, it's understandable that an OEM would bundle in their own app store, but given how well populated the Google Play Store is, it's unlikely the Play Store will get much use.

It's a little disheartening to be honest, as the apps have clearly had some thought put into them - they are as visually attractive as the Play Store, and come with the same levels of functionality.

The Play Store is broken down into easy to navigate sections: Games, Apps, Music, Movies, Books and Magazines. Each section is then broken down further, to make it easy to navigate. This is aided with large images, making it a visually pleasing experience to browse the Play Store.

When it comes to bundled apps, don't go expecting to find a raft of S-branded apps. There is no S Health, for example. What you do get is S Planner, S Voice, S Translator and Memo (no longer called S Memo).

S Planner is a fancy title for the calendar. It is a very visually busy app, but comes with many features to warrant its inclusion over the standard Google calendar. Things such as pinching to zoom through timings (day, week, month, year) are smart, yet the processor seemed to lag a little, with a noticeable delay between times.

Planner

S Voice is Samsung's answer to Siri, and in tests seemed to work well enough. It isn't as charming or capable as Siri is, but as a voice assistant it works well enough, and did most of what we asked it to, so we can't knock it too much.

S Translator and S Memo are pretty self explanatory, with the former being a translator app, and the latter being a memo-taking app. We thought that the S Translator was a very nifty app, with the ability to listen to your voice, and then speak translations.

This is something that we can see being very useful when abroad, especially if you can grab access to the Wi-Fi.

The Tripadvisor app also comes pre-installed, so you can search for bad reviews of the holiday you've just booked, alongside a file manager.

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