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

Claiming a 420 minute standby life when left to rest on a 3G connection, it appears Samsung has oversold the abilities of the Samsung Galaxy Ace's 1350mAh Lithium-Ion battery. Test battery times depleted far quicker than the touted 7 hour mark.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace takes a considerable amount of time to reach a full charge, unlike the Panasonic Eluga Power, which is capable of reaching a 50 per cent charge after just 30 minutes.

Samsung Galaxy Ace

The Samsung Galaxy Ace, like many smartphones, is the victim of battery drain, thanks to its power-heavy innards. In our tests it lasts around day, but if you're not planning on using your phone for hours on end (perhaps having it there to download the odd app, browse the internet from time to time and text) then you'll be happy with the power levels on offer.

In terms of connectivity, the standard array of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth options are joined by GPS abilities, enabling you to use features such as Google Maps and assign geo-location tags to photos.

Samsung Galaxy Ace

Helping the Samsung Galaxy Ace stand out from some of its competitors, the phone enables you to share its mobile connectivity abilities, with the handset able to provide an internet connection (where available) to a non-mobile device such as a laptop tethered to it via a USB cable.

It's still impressive to think that for £7.50 per month you can get a sat-nav, mobile hotspot, Wi-Fi connected networking device... one of the great things about Android phones is you know you're getting a wealth of connectivity no matter what the outlay.


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