Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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Samsung Galaxy Ace
Member Name: loopy-lou33
Samsung Galaxy Ace
Advantages: Easy to use.
Disadvantages: Text input screen keeps appearing and I can't get rid of it.
Back in September, we received an offer from Virgin for a free Samsung Galaxy Ace Smartphone on a 2 year contract for £7.99 a month. It seemed like a really good deal, as I know that smartphone contracts can cost a lot more than this, and soon, a brand new smarthphone was winging its way to my door.
The phone is pretty user friendly, and even my husband, who is pretty useless with all things technical, managed to use it without asking me for help too many times. However, the phone does have a couple of niggles for me, which I will discuss later in the review.
The phone charges remarkably quickly (about 20 minutes), but will need charging every day. I use it for internet, so it loses charge quickly, but even just switched on and idle, it will need charging again in the evening.
The on-screen display is nice and bright, with decent definition. OK, it does not measure quite up to the standards of the higher end phones, such as the HTC Sensation or iPhone, but the graphics are not blurry or pixelated either and won't put a strain on your eyes when viewing the internet pages.
When you turn the phone on, there is a lock slider on the first screen. You simply slide the green bar across to unlock the phone, simple but effective. You are then presented with a home screen, which you can customise according to your own taste with your own pictures in the background and your most used icons on the screen. It already has a google bar and a few other popular icons, but you can set it to your exact requirements. There are three screens to store your favourite shortcuts on, and that is plenty. Personally, I still have room on the first screen and haven't put any shortcuts on the other two screens yet.
There are also four shortcuts along the bottom of the screen. The first has a picture of a phone on it and gives a complete call and message log when pressed. The second shortcut is to your contact list, so you can call people quickly and easily at the touch of a button. The third icon is your text inbox and the fourth brings up the larger, main menu which contains all of the apps and shortcuts currently on the phone.
Calling one of your friends and preset contacts is nice and easy, thanks to the shortcut on the bottom of the screen. Dialing a number from scratch is a bit more fiddly, and the first of my gripes with this phone. You have to press the call log icon and then there is a small icon in the corner, which is the keypad. Oddly, the keypad does not make full use of the screen and squashes all the numbers to the bottom half of the screen, which makes dialling a bit more tricky than it needs to be. I also find ending a call a bit fiddly, and not as intuitive as I would have liked.
I love using the internet function, and I use it several times a day. The phone calls the pages up quickly and efficiently with minimal waiting time. The on screen text is clear to read and the images are sharp. It is easy to bookmark favourite sites so that you can revisit them later. My only gripe with the internet, is the text input pad, which seems to appear randomly and there is no way to get rid of it. Very annoying.
The sound quality of the phone is good and clear. I have no problems hearing people when making calls, or hearing music or sounds when on the internet.
The phone is Android, which means that you can download a wide variety of apps from the Android market, many of which are free. I am currently enjoying downloading books to read on the phone.
The phone is a nice size and lightweight. It is easy to buy a cheap leather case for the phone, which I find gives it an extra level of protection when in a bag or pocket.
This phone would suit most people, as it is a good introduction to the world of the smartphone. It may not be high-end, but it performs well on all the basics, and I really can find very little to moan about.
The phone is well made and durable and I am more than happy with it.
Summary: Nice little phone.