Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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Samsung Galaxy Ace
Member Name: willeaston
Samsung Galaxy Ace
Advantages: Great price, easy to use, good looking phone
Disadvantages: Doesn't run smoothly all the time, Battery life leaves a lot to be desired.
When I was looking for a new smartphone, I browsed the internet as you would, and found most of the top end phones to be around £400. I was astounded to find the Galaxy Ace for only £200, half the price of most others. And it really packs a punch considering it is classed as a mid range smartphone.
In terms of hardware, the phone is more than capable of performing most tasks, and multi tasking only effects the performance of the phone slightly. The phone looks great, very similar to a certain Apple phone, with only one main button. The two capacitive buttons on either side of the button are extremely responsive and look great. The volume rocker is on the left of the phone and the lock button on the right. The lack of a camera button is a disappointment, but only a minor one.
The phone has a Micro SD slot, which is great if like me, you have a large music collection that you want to take with you everywhere. In terms of internal memory, the phone is lacking, so an SD card is a must.
The 3.5" capacitive touch screen is extremely good, the colours are bright and it is very responsive, although having it at full brightness does effect the battery life, so be warned.
The user interface of the android operating system is so easy to use anyone can do it, the widgets on the home screens make the experience extremely intuitive, and it looks fantastic, I often find myself simply flicking between homescreens aimlessly!
Any task, whether it's business, entertainment or social, can be performed with ease on the Galaxy ace. With the android market at your fingertips, there are apps for everything you could think of. As far as preinstalled apps are concerned, the Music app is adequate and easy to use, enough for most people. Videos and pictures are shown in the Gallery, which can get quite laggy if you have a large number of pictures.
The internet on the phone is fast, with speeds of up to 2MB, which is more than I sometimes get at home! Facebook, eBay, Amazon and other sites all have their own dedicated Android app, which are worth getting. E-mail is easy to use, with everything from GMail to Hotmail catered for.
The camera app is fantastic for taking snaps, the presence of the LED flash means you can take pictures indoors as well. Video is just about good enough quality, and photos and videos can be instantly shared to Facebook and YouTube, something which is being done more and more via smartphones.
My only complaint about the phone is its disappointing battery life. The phone will barely last a day of music, let alone intensive use for things such as web browsing and videos. This is without turning the brightness up, which may be essential in sunny conditions. I take my charger whenever I'm going away overnight. However don't let this stop you, the Galaxy ace is a great phone for the money.
Summary: Great value "Mid Range" Smartphone, definitely a bargain.