Samsung Galaxy Ace review

Is the little brother in the Galaxy range an Ace up Samsung's sleeve?

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Samsung Galaxy Ace

The Samsung Galaxy Ace ticks all the essentials boxes while failing to add any marks in the other comments box and win praise for progressing beyond the norm.

The handset's messaging abilities are wholeheartedly standard, with a basic selection of options and features laid out in an Android-basic, user-friendly manner.

Samsung Galaxy Ace review

As with many of Samsung's recent market-headlining handsets, the Samsung Galaxy Ace makes the most of the company's TouchWiz UI, boasting the much-loved and highly coveted Swype input functionality.

A welcome inclusion and a standout favourite when composing texts, emails or general notes, the handset's Swype features enable you to compose messages quickly and with little fuss, simply by dragging your fingers between desired keys. This removes the need to make endless individual digital button taps to complete a message.

It's so popular it's even been included in the stock version of Android, known as Jelly Bean, as a method of entering text, and the other big keyboard makers like Swiftkey have integrated it too.

Samsung Galaxy Ace review

Swype on the Samsung Galaxy Ace is of further benefit when taking into account the otherwise cramped and compact nature of the handset's touchscreen keyboard when holding the device in a standard portrait manner.

Switching the handset to a landscape stance offers a more spacious, finger-friendly full QWERTY keyboard offering.

Samsung Galaxy Ace review

But thanks to its quick input shortcuts, the Swype software provides one of the best input methods beyond the physical QWERTY keyboards offered by a number of BlackBerry handsets.

Messages are displayed as threads, which makes it easy to follow a conversation.

Webmail and email are easy to set up and are fast to pick up new messages. The application is basic, but works well.

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The Galaxy Ace also comes with a Social Hub app, which incorporates all messages you've received on different platforms including SMS, email, Facebook and Twitter.

On first glance, this sounds like an interesting tool, but when you use it you soon find out that messages on the social network platforms can only be read once the application opens up a web browser, meaning that it doesn't actually simplify anything.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory158 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSDPA, GPRS, EDGE
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Product FamilyGalaxy
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time11 Hour
Product ModelGalaxy Ace
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)113 g
Maximum Video Resolution320 x 240
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height112.4 mm
Width59.9 mm
Depth11.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time660 Hour
Product NameGalaxy Ace Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Product LineGalaxy
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S5830OKAXEU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Samsung Galaxy Ace embraces a minimalists design while packing in loads of powerful features. It is simply stunning to look at and will feel quit special when you operate the large 3.5" HVGA touch screen. Access to the Android Market is certain to provide endless amounts of fun, especially considering 100000 plus apps are currently available. The Galaxy Ace also provides a powerful 800MHz processor, which helps to run the fully integrated Social Hub. This ingeniously collates all of your social networking, mail and instant messaging onto one screen. So, why not experience a new way of life with the Galaxy Ace, which is everything you want in modern communication.

Minimal Yet Sophisticated Design

GALAXY Ace takes a minimal approach in its design, resulting in a sophisticated mobile that will allure. The smooth rounded edges and slim, compact size are a pleasure to wrap your fingers around, just as the large 3.5" HVGA screen is a delight to watch.

Limited Warranty2 Year