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After buying the Samsung Galaxy Ace as a contract phone I thought it'd be perfect for downloading a few select apps and simple texting. Although it had a reasonable camera (5 mega pixels) the pictures seemed much worse, especially when the flash left images virtually bright white.
Along with the low megapixel camera, after downloading many of the basic essential social media apps and games there was virtually no space left at all for any pictures or music. As well as the lack of space in the phone, along came the issue of processing speed. Every time I attempted to open an app it'd freeze, this happened 8/10 times without fail
Even though the phone is highly faulty, it is rather attractive and easy to hold in your hand. The all black exterior with optional gripped or smooth backs make for an extremely sleek and sylish gadget.Due to the low price it would be impossible to expect much more in all honestly. If you just use your phone for texting and phoning there's no issue with the Samsung Galaxy Ace. If you use your phone as a tablet and spend a lot of time playing on games and searching the web I would recommend that you invest in a phone with a resolution higher than 480x320 and a processing speed that would be capable of handling the apps you use.
On the whole, this phone started off brilliantly with a processor that could handle my app usage, but for some reason deteriorated and became extremely laggy with a decreased battery life.
I have this phone on a two year contract. When the contract ends I will most probably change phones, not for the fact I do not like it (because I actually love this phone), but because technology is always changing and I want to experience new things on offer.
This phone is easy to use, if you are use to touch screens, and has a button at the bottom to exit applications, and two touch buttons: one for going back a page, and the other for opening up menus.
On the menu all applications have their names written underneath and are in alphabetical order, so are easy to find. Also, you can copy your favourite or most used applications to the phones home screen, of which there are five. I just think of them as one big home screen because it is easy to flick to different pages, and the background picture spreads across all home screen pages.
There are many applications which you can download for free from the Google applications store, which is very useful and the phone has a reasonable amount of storage for you to do so.
When you get a text message, it scrolls across the top of the phone screen, which I find very useful if you want to know what someone has said without exiting an application you are on.
The phone has a camera, and can also record video footage. The quality of pictures is actually quite good for a phone in my opinion, however it does not zoom in. And the video recorder records sound well. The phone does allow you to download music, so you can have a playlist to listen to, but I cannot comment on its effectiveness I have not tried to download any (I use my ipod for listening to music).
Finally, the phone comes with two different covers for the back of the phone, a white one and a grey one. I have the white one on as think it looks more feminine. And I like the shiny black casing that is around the phone screen.
I have found this phone's battery life sometimes runs out quite quickly, but other times it seems to last ages! Not sure why it does this as I use it for the same things each time.
Also, most of the games which came on the phone are trials, and when you do not want them anymore, you cannot delete them. However you can delete applications you have downloaded yourself.
I have this handset on contract with Vodafone - so far I've never had a phone that lasted the full 24 months and I'm not optimistic that this one is going to make it either!
In terms of design it's a nice phone, the camera isn't bad, it's very lightweight compared to some other smart phones and it's not difficult to use.
However the random glitches I've experienced are as follows:
- Split texts - this phone likes to display part of a new text message merged onto any random message in my inbox. Cue confusion at best or social disaster at worst! The rest of the real message never turns up so if you don't recognise the old message you're guna have some very strange conversions with confused friends! Luckily this doesn't happen very often.
- Fake alerts from apps - this has crept in over the months and nothing seems to stop them popping up. Every day I get alerts saying my apps are logged out when they're not. If you follow the link to log in again it doesn't work. If you access the app independently it is always still signed in. Not a major problem but quite annoying.
- Where are my contacts? - this is another weird quirk that has crept in. If I need to text or phone someone new and I go to my contacts my numbers are not there. It will only display contacts it's synced from my email or social media accounts. If I enter a number manually the contact listing does pop up so at least they are there on my sim (albeit not readily accessible).
In general I find the phone is quite slow, it hangs a lot. Sometimes I won't load contact names for ages so you'll have to guess who text you.
Answering the phone can be a pain because you have to drag the answer icon across the screen and it doesn't always respond properly. Despite being able to allocate a key to hang up there doesn't seem to be a way to do the same to pick up a call. You also have to be careful not to swipe the key to put the call on hold at the same time as answering, which is easily done.
The battery life is about average for a smartphone. If you use your apps a lot or spend a long time on calls you might want a portable charger for it.
The autocorrect on this phone drives me insane! It changes every day words for the most ridiculous random words, such as 'the' to 'Ryder', or 'chocolate' to 'cocksure' - why are those words even in the dictionary?! If you don't notice right away it's usually a pain to get the type tool back in the right place to delete the word too!
Other problems I have with the handset that could also be down to Vodafone (who are terrible in my area, which is a large city in the South East):
- no signal, often! Vodafone tends to go down for several days at a time, but when it's claiming the service is fine sometimes my phone just won't work. In one case Vodafone graced me with an unwanted sales call and the line was so bad they signed me up for a new tablet contract because neither the caller or I could understand a word of the garbled mechanical noise.
- slow internet - even connected to the wifi and showing good signal my phone is soooo sloooow at loading anything, especially if it's a site you haven't visited before. It reminds me of dial up.
- downloads - these just don't work. It says 'download failed' immediately, and for no apparently reason.
Having said all that, I do still use this phone, so it's not a total write off. Just mild-middlingly annoying. The quirks have crept in after a few months so I already have access to most of the contacts I want to interact with, and if I can't find them in my contacts list you can swipe a person's name in your text inbox to phone them, so there are ways around the problems.
I like that this phone doesn't display messages received on the home screen like a lot of phones do, and it also doesn't have an alarm that goes off when the phone is switched off, (but that may be a problem for other people).
When I got this phone, my friend had the same handset. He told me how much he hated his phone. Recently two other friends got the same handset, and both said they hated it too. One of them immediately broke hers and has gone back to a trusty brick she's had in the drawer for 5 years.
My phone is the GT-S5830i model which I got with a Sim only deal from Virgin, I didn't want to get trapped in a 24 month contract with a phone thrown in, instead I wanted a rolling deal but couldn't afford a expensive Smartphone to go with it.
I Choose the Samsung Galaxy Ace model as it cost just over £100 from Argos and it seemed to have decent reviews from most sources, and coming from my previous Phone that wasn't in any shape or form 'Smart' I thought this would be a good stepping stone towards the 'Smart' Phone category.
It didn't take me long to realise that the 256mb of internal memory was really atrocious , I found this out as soon as I tried downloading a few Apps and got a "memory full" message almost before I had begun.
I was advised to get myself a SD card so I did just that, this is fine except it seems virtually impossible to transfer the Apps when downloading, onto your SD card and not the default internal memory, I have looked into this further and you appear to have to install further software which overwrites the RAM memory; in other words, you yourself have to mess about invalidating the warranty and messing about with third party software basically hot-wiring your phone just to get it to put Apps onto a SD Card. To me this is a joke and Samsung should be ashamed of it, they mass produced a Smartphone which is virtually unusable in today's world as a Smartphone.
I have managed to install an iPhone keyboard emulator which is brilliant and thoroughly recommended for easy texting, the National Rail App as I use the local Train service a lot ais very handy for knowing if it's on time, MX Player for watching videos with and TuneIn Radio which allows you to stream the Horse racing commentaries from Timeform each day, that is virtually it.
The SD Card is useful for installing any videos or Music onto and the sound quality is very good with a decent set of headphones.
It uses the Android OS so you get full access to Google Play store as well, the screensize is standard 3.5 inches and the quality is very good and clear, a camera of 5mp is with the phone and it's not bad but I don't take too many photo's to have too much of an opinion either way.
The box says it has TouchWiz 3.0 for Android which I can only presume is the facility for swiping the screen to move from page to page which works very very well.
3G is standard, it hasn't got 4G capabilities, and also has WiFi 802.11 b/g/n as well.
I have the White version which does look nice, the battery life isn't too bad for me anyway, but this probably is to do with the fact you can't put too many Apps on it so nothing really is happening to drain the battery haha.
On the settings screen which you access to get the features installed, you have Clock, Calendar, Memo, Music, Camera, Gallery, FM Radio, All Share (no idea some Samsung rubbish), Internet, Play Store, Gmail, Email ( you can set it to your normal Email program to send and receive), Search, Maps ( good GPS Satnav installed as standard ), Social Hub, Settings, Talk, Voice Search, Navigation, Local, News and Weather, My Files, ThinkFree Office, Calculator, Samsung Apps, Voice recorder, Task Manager, Downloads and Play Books.
Now I typed those out in exactly the order they are on my phone in icon form spread over two pages , whoever thought that should be the order needs a close hard look at him/herself, it is an awful filing system used and no wonder you can't install anything because Samsung themselves have installed so much of their own rubbish which you never use on it.
In summary, for what I want it's a great phone, the Calls are always connected and sound clear, the texting is very good especially with the free iPhone app and listening to music is again, very good.
If I was into my Phone like some people are as a second computer almost, it's rubbish but if you want a level entry Phone which with a bit more internal memory could be very very good then I strongly recommend it.
I received this phone two years ago as part of an upgrade to a new plan. The phone is a nice fitting rectangular shape which fits perfectly into one hand and can be operated easily using only one hand. This was my first ever smart phone and before I had some cheaper Samsung brick as my first phone and I hated that phone. The galaxy ace is a basic android phone and is good for somebody who uses their phone for music and a few games as well. The interface is set out very well with 3 home screens for your favourite apps and widgets and then there is a button which once clicked shows you all your applications installed on the phone. on the front of the device from left to right it has a further setting button then the home button and then the back button. The back button is useful if your on a webpage and only want to go back to your search results or the page before but the home button takes you back to the home screen. This phone does support some basic multitasking but won't remember very much of what you were doing in each task. If you hold down the home button it will bring task manager which enables you to close running applications so the phone will run better.
on the back of the device you can choose to have either a white smooth back or a black textured back which really locks the phone into your hands. As well as this the phone has a 5 megapixel camera with a flash which actually takes very good photos in light and dark conditions. There unfortunately isn't a front facing camera which may disappoint some of you.
the on board storage of this phone is very low at somewhere around 200mb so I recommend using a 2gb or more microSD card in the phone. The battery in this phone is only at 1350mah which is fine for the phone but some may want a bigger battery so buy one if that is you. One other point to remember is that the phone takes a standard sized sim card so you will need to ask you network provider for a new sim unless you have a sim of that size.
When I experienced the Samsung Galaxy Ace for the first time it was when I received it as a gift. It was very exciting as it was my first smart phone, and I didn't know what to expect.
It's a beautifully designed, compact phone - nothing is too sharp or too soft, and it fits into the hand just right, without restricting the use of your thumb for navigating the screen.The home screen layout is smart and clear, and I never had any trouble with connecting to wi-fi or bluetooth. It's easy to adjust your settings, and it has a 'swipe' option for the keypad which makes messaging so much faster!
The phone's functions match those of many top-notch smartphones, whilst being a fraction of the price - It is most certainly superior to other phones in the same price bracket. Also, I was HUGELY impressed with the camera. I took over 400 photos using my Samsung Galaxy Ace on my trip to the Mediterranean, both in the burning sun, rain, and at night... I even took it to the beach! And it was fine! :D I was pleased every single time with the sheer quality of the photos it produced.
Ultimately if you want a phone that will work beyond your expectations, look good, and last, do give this wondrous little device a chance to knock you off your feet.
For most of my university term I had a Samsung Tocco Lite it was on a rolling contract £15 per month after my first two years with unlimited Texts 100 minutes which suited me fine since I had a laptop and was right beside the university campus where I could use their internet for free. Though this was a time before mobile apps or angry birds hit it big.
Unfortunately my phone was stolen so I had to get the next model up which I thought was fair enough for an extra £3 a month I also got a really nice Samsung Tablet worth maybe £299 brand new and my boyfriend had been going on about getting a tablet for ages so I thought that I would kill two birds with one stone. The only catch was that I had to start my two years all over again and won't be able to change it for a while though I use my phone so little unless I am on holiday that this isn't really a problem for me.
The phone came with a charger, USB and headphones too and I was able to keep my original Sim card and data chip so I could carry forward all my old numbers with ought having to type them all in again, the car phone warehouse did all the set up for me so I could play around with everything as soon as I walked out of the shop.
The phone to me is essentially just a tiny version of the tablet it has a touch screen with only three physical buttons, one to turn it on and off, one to change the volume and a back button to bring you back to the home page of your phone. I was trying my best to avoid touch screen phones for as long as possible though as I do find that they get grubbier more easily, they are broken more easily and if one thing goes wrong with it you are pretty much screwed.
So within the first 3 months something went wrong with it, it wouldn't charge, it wouldn't phone or text or connect to any network not even our home wireless internet. Not that I would use the internet all that much anyway. So had to be taken back to the shop which took a week to repair as they had to send it back to manufacturer a problem I never had with the Taco Lite. Though I remember my boyfriend having a problem with another android phone like this years before I got mine.
Still not overly happy with it, it still freezes sometimes for no apparent reason when I am trying to look at photos I have taken using it which I am not happy with. Though the battery life for me can last up to 5 days providing you don't use that many apps or use the internet which isn't bad I suppose. If you did use all these sort of features you would be lucky to get 24 hours out of it however.
I have covered the negatives now here are some positives
The back of the phone has a course almost reptilian feel to it so the Phone doesn't slip out of your hands as easily as previous models.
The server is pre set on you home screen so providing you have access to the internet you can Google to your hearts content, it even has app to look at all the available apps for your phone already installed including free ones so you can start downloading immediately, though at current I only have Facebook and the weather since I am still a little skeptical about sharing my card details through the phone in case my younger cousin decides to go nuts downloading costly games and other apps.
As stated before the phone includes a camera which is almost better than my digital camera and unlike other phones that I have seen there is a sliding cover for your charger socket so it doesn't get gunge or crumbs stuck in it or bent while laying at the bottom of your pocket or handbag.
There is also a convenient slide down menu on your phones home page which notifies you about face book posts, Google mail, missed calls texts as well as WI-fi settings, blue tooth options, GPS, and sound settings. Other little apps that it also comes with automatically are an alarm clock, calender, memo pad, calculator, voice recorder, FM radio and a load of other things that I have never used and probably never will since I mainly use it for an actual phone as opposed to a gadget.
In order to do normal phone things you just have to go to the home menu where you will find a green phone icon, a red address book and a white message icon. So from here you can phone, text, email and update the contacts book through relative ease. Though I do think that my gran parents or even my own parents could struggle with the navigation system. I just think that there is just a little bit too much going on, I think it would have been easier if the phone aspects need to be easier found and larger to separate them from the other apps, the screen is just too small to be that cluttered though it works or on a tablet screen since icons are larger and easier to see I think that greater differences should have been made between the two gadgets.
Call me old fashioned but I still like my computer to be a computer and my phone to be a phone and that windows 8 is a total waste of money space and time.
Just updated to this phone and am quite impressed with what it can do. with navigation, google and facebook already uploaded onto it, its a really good buy. was sceptical at first, as it's my first ever smart phone, but am pleased with the overall design and capabilities. love the navigation as it saves me having to buy a sat nav for my car! the phone came with two back cases, one in silver the other in white which was quite nice, if I fancy a change of colour. Texting is slightly difficult because my fingers are quite fat, but you can hold the phone the other way and the screen changes to a horizontal position too. Another useful thing is that the battery lasts for absolutely ages, meaning I don't have to charge it up so often. Phone came with a charging lead which was longer than the average lead.
I have owned the Ace for over a year now and can confirm that this is indeed a budget smartphone. It was fairly quick when I first owned it, however over time it has slowed considerably..
The Galaxy Ace is a well built phone, with a solid construction and a nice metal rim along the edges. This phone comes with several backs which are easily replaceable, a handy feature if one is broken or badly scratched.
The capacitive touchscreen is very responsive and does well not to attract too many finger marks. The screen is solid and the home button has a nice click.
The Ace certainly doesn't break any records when it comes to performance. It can manage checking emails and social networking just fine, but most apps are a no go. Most games either don't work at all, or are so laggy they are unplayable. Another big problem is the internal phone memory. There is an sd card slot, however certain apps and updates can only save to the phone memory, meaning that in a short time you find yourself not being able to download new content or receive incoming messages without deleting some old content.
What started off as a very good phone has slowly become increasingly slow and hard to use. This morning alone it crashed and turned itself off! Not a good standard of phone, wish I had gone for a galaxy s3 now! Its so frustrating! This phone has low memory ability and therefore if you want to have a lot of apps, music, messages, pictures etc it is not a good phone for that. If you want a phone just for calling and texting and the odd internet browse then this is the phone for you! otherwise steer clear. The camera has become bad and misty even after I have cleaned it and the operating Android system is incompatible with lots of new apps and updates of older apps. Which is frustrating for me as a social net-worker! The small size of the phone also makes it hard to use and easy to drop!
When I got this phone I was looking for a smartphone that wasn't too big or too small and would have good apps and would be good for social network sites! This phone definitely is!
This phone is definitely worth the money from prices ranging from around £80-£149 it is very cheap for a smartphone at this standard! There are also some brilliant contract deals available for this phone that are even better than buying the phone on its own.
The camera is not the best I have seen on phones but it is definitely not the worst. It has brilliant options to improve the shot and a flash that is very helpful for using at night. The only thing I miss having is a front camera. I was very disappointed that it didn't because if it did I would love it even more. The camera produces some good photos that are sometimes better than a real camera so I like the camera on this phone a lot.
This phone ha very good battery life that I was impressed by because it lasts around 3 day and that I when you're on it most of the time so if you don't use it that much in a day I imagine it would last about 4-5 days which is brilliant for a phone.
The layout of the phone is easy to use and it is easy to find things thanks to the easy layout. The phone is on android so it I well developed and the best it can be.
==would I recommend it?==
I would definitely recommend this phone to anyone at all who is looking for a good, cheap smartphone. It is a brilliant phone and I do not at all regret choosing it over more expensive phones. It is a brilliant phone that I really enjoy using and will continue using for a while!
Thank for reading I hope this was helpful!
This is a review of the Galaxy Smartphone gts-5830i. I have had this phone for over a year and when I purchased it at the time it was a fairly new phone. I purchased new for just under £120 and since I have seen that this model is still widely available on and offline new, second hand and refurbished between the price range of £70-£120 so it seems to have maintained it's value to an extent. However, it you have your sights set on this phone it does seem worth shopping around! I have an O2 pay as you go - I have seen this phone on contract however the tariffs obviously vary.
*Appearance and design*
In terms of smartphones this is quite little, which I like as I have fairly petite hands. The screen is 3.5 inches in size which is ok for occasional use however if you like to use your phone a lot for watching videos/internet useage or if your eyesight is poor it may be more comfortable to look at phones with a bigger screen (I do tend to squint I have been looking at my phone for too long)!
It is a fairly good looking phone. I have a purple cover on the back of mine although you can get different types of covers. The screen is made of a very hard plastic and seems to have kept up in terms of wear and tear (over a year of use and no scratches...yet). The surrounding case of the phone hasn't done so well though and after some robust use has scratched and chipped in several areas - I just wish I had purchased a case for this! The phone is medium sized in terms of thickness - whilst it is not as slim as some of the newer models out there it isn't too bulky either.
*Ease of use*
If I cast my mind back to when I first got this phone I remember that it was quite easy to learn how to use (and I am not the most technologically minded people by far)! Set up was quite easy - although it did take me a while to work out how to get the back of the phone off (there are no markings on the back you simply 'pull it off'). However as soon as you know how this is easy. Inserting sim card and battery was also quite easy although if again a bit fiddly.
Actually getting to use the phone's facilities was also pretty much ok. This was the first time I had a touch screen so it took a while for me to get used to it but if you have used touch screens prior to using this I imagine it would be a breeze.
It is very easy to see from the main desktop on the phone how to get into your text messages - as with most phones the folder image is that of an envelope. The text messaging system is operated by a qwerty keyboard which is simple to use and after a little bit of navigation you will find other screens which will give you all the basic symbols you need for on and offline useage. As with most Samsungs your text messages appear as conversations so you can look back on previous conversations if you wish. Text messages do not appear to take up much room on your memory (this phone seems to hold loads).
I have to admit I very rarely use this for making calls as I will tend to use my landline. Adding (and deleting!) contacts is very straightforward and when saving you get the choice of saving to phone and/or sim which is useful if you have a tendency (like me) of breaking phones. Calls are easy to make and receive - although the default ring tone was incredibly loud and annoyed lots of my colleagues - I have since figured how to turn it down (a lot)! I have around 70 or so contacts in my phone and memory wise this is till going strong.
Talking of memory, whilst the phone stores ample texts and contacts (which i imagine don't take up much room) - there is the problem with this phone in that it has a very small memory in my opinion of only 3.5G. This is easily resolved by purchase of a memory card (I got a 16gb one for around £12) however after paying £120 for a phone it is a bit of a shame to have to be paying out for more. Without this memory card most of the additional functions on the phone (camera and accompanying apps) are useless. The memory card slots very easily into the side of the phone. I did have a problem with it initially popping out all the time, but this issue seems to have resolved itself since.
This phone is operated using an Android system (the little green robot). This is a very popular operating system and I can see why as it is reliable and easy to use. The phone automatically links to google play. The main apps I use on this phone are whatsapp and instagram and I haven't had any problems with the use of either. It is also very easy to install and get rid of apps that you don't want or don't use anymore.
There were already some apps loaded to this phone when I got it which was quite useful as I probably wouldn't have thought of downloading them. One of these was the local search facility - the phone locates your GPS position and will search for local pubs, garages etc. in your area. I used this once when we couldn't find fuel - it was a lifesaver! The other app that I use quite frequently is the Navigator which after a few go's I have found very easy to use - although I struggle to get any sound on this I know my friend has a Samsung however and she manages fine with hers.
I don't tend to use this for the internet much at all due the small screen however when I do use it (to quickly check facebook or hotmail) I have found it easy to use and surprisingly fast in loading.
*Please don't stop the music*
Unfortunately I cannot give a good review on this phones capabilities in terms of playing music as I don't use it for that purpose. I have tried the FM radio on here and the sound is fairly good (it needs to be operated via earphones - another additional purchase that needs to be made). You can also download music to this phone however having never done that I cannot comment so apologies if this is what you were looking for. In terms of the voice recognition search on this phone it is pretty useless (I don't know whether it has an issue with regional accents) - also I have struggled to find out how to use the voice recorded on this phone (answers on a postcard...)
When I first got the phone I used it a lot for the camera. It is a 5 megapixel camera and has an LED flash which has taken some very decent photographs and is handy to have when you are cameraless. The camera also takes videos which in my experience have been of a good resolution and both images and videos are very easy to transfer over to your computer with the accompanying usb lead provided. The only bad thing about the camera is that I have found that the flash is maybe a little too strong and so you do get a lot of photographs with people's eyes closed (shock! horror!) It would therefore be nice if there was a way of turning the flash down without losing it all together.
*The other stuff*
As with most phones now it has.....
Alarm clock - wakes me up, as long as I don't hit the dismiss by mistake!
Memopad - I find really easy and simple to use - sort of like a post it note without the post it notes!
*Why wouldn't I buy this phone again?*
Although I have had very good experiences of this phone and it is a decent phone in my opinion for the price I have had real troubles with the battery which doesn't seem to last very long at all. Even with just simple text use the battery on this seems to only last a day and there is no clear warning as to when your battery runs out which has left me short in a few occasions.
So whilst I would recommend the phone there are probably better ones out there for your money (£120 to me is still a lot). Because of the battery and some of the niggly difficulties in use I will give this 3 dooyoo stars.
I have recently upgraded from a Samsung galaxy ace to a Samsung galaxy fame. At first this phone was a delight from old sony ericsson. It was sleek, stylish and far more advanced. But it didn't take too long before problems started to arise. For the first three or four months the phone worked like a dream, it was quick and the apps loaded within seconds. The signal was always strong and connected to the internet like a dream. But after about four months the signal became problematic, I had a strong signal when in the house but when I went out the house the signal became weak. I was with o2 at the time, and the sony ericsson I had before for five years was with o2. I did think that maybe the problem lay with o2, but my sony ericsson never had any problems with signal, and still doesn't to this day. It was around about the start of the year when the biggest fault started with the phone. The problem being that even when I had a full signal the phone wouldn't receive texts and phone calls. It could make them without a hitch. But I would regularly get texts a few days late or weeks late, and that's when I got them. I very rarely received phone calls. I would get a text a few days later saying that I missed a phone call, even though my phone never made a sound. The phone had been fine when it was brand new, but like a I say I had nothing but problems with it after about three or four months. I did phone o2 a few times to see why my phone was playing up but every time that I did they just said the same thing, there seems to be no problem with signal. So it seems that the fault lay somewhere within my phone. Luckily my contract ran out recently and I have since got a new phone, touch wood, so far there are no problems. Maybe I was just unlucky and was that one person who got a faulty phone. But I would not recommend the phone to anyone.
Samsung Galaxy Ace
A good little phone if not relied upon too much as a Smartphone which tends to affect the phone's ability to receive calls and messages.
More a smart looking phone than a Smartphone, it is great in appearance, somewhat resembling an iphone. It is easy to use and navigate and if used purely for texting calling and surfing the web is a brilliant phone.
However, one minor inconvenience is setting songs as alarm or ring tones, and takes a fair bit of playing around with files. Even more inconvenient, certain apps and even the use of a memory can severely impact the phones ability to be, well a phone! The Galaxy Ace with certain features installed, such as voice navigation, or with a memory card inserted can often fail to receive a number of messages sent to the phone. Messages received are commonly not the message sent but the first half of that message crossed with a message previously sent. Calls can also be an issue; while you can hear the caller the other end of the line they can not hear you. While you would expect a lower costing model to perform less well than other phones you still expect a Smartphone to be able to function as that.
So while the phone is a great little affordable purchase is you want a smart looking phone to use just as you would have a nokia 3310, if you want a Smartphone, capable of functioning with the use of apps, this is not the phone for you!
Having owned my Samsung galaxy Ace for a full year before substituting it for the S2, I can't say that I was overly pleased with this phone over the period of time that I had owned it for.
It appears that its name is quite deceiving; 'Ace', being a sibling to the word excellent / top-class, obviously referring the quality of the phone but not so obviously translating into the actual workability of the phone whatsoever.
The phone it-self is quite small and relatively light compared to phones I have owned in the past, meaning it's not uncomfortable to walk around with in your jeans pocket. However - you may notice that it bears an uncanny resemblance to the iPhone 4, and it's difficult not to perceive the phone as just being a bad imitation of the iPhone (as described by a close friend).
When using it for straight forward and simplistic tasks (occasional texting, calling, and light internet usage), the phone is perfectly capable of handling these tasks - but over time its performance drastically decreased, stumbling as time continued to progress. I also noticed that when a bit of extra pressure is put on the phone to perform, it simply cannot handle it e.g. switching from one task to another very quickly such as texting and calling a few people in a short space of time.
When placed under heavy processing pressure it simply could not handle it well and would start to malfunction and freeze, especially when using the internet for an extend period of time.
Given that the phone is the most basic of the Galaxy's, it can be expected that its functionality is inferior compared to its successors - but that may lead you to re-think exactly why it is that you purchased a phone incapable of handling several tasks without freaking out; why not simply purchase a typical bog-standard phone for half the price, or invest a bit more money into a more competent phone. Given that at this point in time the GalaxyS2 is only marginally more expensive than the Galaxy Ace, yet far more capable and proficient, I would recommend heading straight up the ladder and not investing in the Ace.