Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830
Member Name: miaredalwayswins
Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830
Advantages: good operating system, decent camera, lots of apps, fairly easy to use
Disadvantages: flash on camera too bright, wear and tears fairly easily, battery poor, bit steep in price
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.
Summary: Smart-er phones could be had