Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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A great priced phone, with a decent camera!
Samsung Galaxy Ace
Member Name: abbiej1711
Samsung Galaxy Ace
Date: 16/06/12, updated on 16/06/12 (106 review reads)
Advantages: It calls and texts! Decent camera, great price.
Disadvantages: A bit slow compared to other smartphones, case damages easily.
To cut it short, the camera is decent when comparing it to other phones at the same price range, but the screen was too small for me, and I thought the phone itself was quite slow, as I only had it for three weeks and although my instant impression of the phone was good, I became quite disappointed with it.
If you are used to having a fast, decent phone then you wont be impressed with the galaxy ace. Although if you are after a phone for the basics- calling and texting with a bit of internet, then the ace could be a good enough upgrade for someone with an old phone.
Before the ace, I had the samsung galaxy (first edition) and I loved that phone and I had it for over a year! I tried the HTC sensation which I wasn't impressed with, then I had the HTC one X for 10 days before it broke! So I decided to go with the galaxy ace as I was impressed by its price and I was hoping it would be something similar to the samsung galaxy I had before.
When I got the Ace not long ago, it cost me £150. It has recently dropped in price as there is a galaxy ace number 2 out! This phone can now be bought for;
£125 + £10 topup from Carphone warehouse
£119 from carphone warehouse (only on 3)
£116.95 from Phones 4 U- There is a 10% off promotion currently running! Usual price is £129.95
£134.97 from Tesco
The price is very decent for an android touch screen phone with a 5mp camera!
The camera is a 5mp with a flash, which is about middle of the range for phone cameras nowadays. A lot of the top of the range phones have a better spec, such as the sony ericsson xperia arc S which has an 8mp. Although if you just use your phone camera to take quick snaps, then a 5mp is more than enough! An 8mp is probably better for people wanting to transfer images to the computer, or print them off, although a 5mp would also be fine for this.
I found the camera pretty decent on this phone, although i'm not one to take loads of images, it was find for a phone camera.
The flash provides better capture when indoors and I personally think having a flash provides much more flexibility for camera phones. I also love the flash light application you get, which uses the camera flash!
I took this phone to the farm, and got many decent photos which do look good on the Pc. The camera shutter speed I thought was fine, and as it has an auto focus I thought it was easy to get a good picture, although some came out blurry when I tried to capture the baby goats running!
The camera also has a digital zoom but this does decrease the photo quality.
There is no front facing camera, which may put a lot of people off this phone, but I wasn't bothered as I never used front facing camera- I don't see the point in them!
The camera has geo-tagging and face and smile detection, which appears as a box around the persons face when capturing the photo.
The phone also has video recording with the option to also use the flash. The recorder is decent, but not amazing and is fine for capturing special moments.
---Calls and texts---
I found this phone easy for making calls and texts with, if you've had experience with other android phones then its easy to get used to this phone. Through contacts you can call or text, you can also call a contact from selecting them in your inbox, or simply typing their number in.
The sound of the received voice when making calls can be altered, so if you have to talk to someone who screams down the phone, you can turn the volume down! - Always handy when your mum isn't too pleased with you haha!
I have to mention, when using the galaxy ace I did have a few people complain that they couldn't hear me very well, although I'm not sure as to whether this was my phone at fault ,or something on their end.
The touchs creen does lock when you hold the phone up to your ear, so you don't catch any keys with your face, and this unlocks as it detects you take the phone away from your face.
It is easy to add a new contact and these are arranged in alphabetical order with the letters down the right hand side for you to quickly access a contact, which is useful if you have a lot of people stored in your phone.
I don't have any complaints about the phone display, I found it bright, crisp and usable. The display is TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors and I found the display colours stood out well. Although others did comment on the display difference compared to other more expensive phones. The design of the layout of the phone to me let the display down, although I can't explain why. I feel the phone uses an older layout which makes the display appear less than what it is, although when using Youtube or viewing images online I found the display fine.
The screen size is 320 x 480 pixels, 3.5 inches (~165 ppi pixel density) which is a pretty decent size, although probably not good enough for many people. I like to play games, browse the internet and watch videos on my phone which is why I didn't like the screen size of this phone.
Although for a small compact cheap phone, the screen size is great for someone wanting to just use it for the basics.
The phone has Corning Gorilla Glass, which apparently makes it harder to break! It also has the multi-touch feature, so you can zoom in and out of pictures and web pages with a pinch and play games requiring multi touch such as multi player games.
I had this phone for three weeks, I charged the battery for at least 9 hours on the first charge - As advised. The battery to me wasn't that great, and I don't feel that it improved at all over time as some phones do.
I used the phone daily, with no more than 5 texts a day and a few minutes calls at maximum! The applications drained the battery quicker, and internet usage makes the battery go down quicker.
Stand-by Up to 640 h (2G) / Up to 420 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 11 h (2G) / Up to 6 h 30 min (3G
When I found the battery was getting too low, I stopped using the phone as on idle, the battery is fine.
The phone itself doesn't use that much battery when the phone is just kept idle. I left my phone until about 4pm one day with very little usage and the battery dropped about 15%- So if you aren't a heavy user, the battery should be fine.
I did find I had to charge the phone every night, which I'm not used to as I found my Samsung galaxy (first edition) was fantastic on battery, I charged it every other, sometimes every three days!
Although it has been said you can 'train' your phone battery into lasting longer.
I would have had to charge it more than every night if I carried on using the phone, but as I was mainly using it for games and internet browsing, it wasn't that important and I could just stop using it until I charged it at bed time.
The battery with the phone is a Standard battery, Li-Ion 1350 mAh, so if you are wanting a batter battery, they can probably be purchased from stores or online.
I love the length of the charging cable! The charging cable is a fantastic length compared to other chargers, which meant I could charge the phone whilst playing on it in bed, or have it on my bed side table whilst charging as it still reached fine.
When charging, I found the battery picked up about 10% charge after half an hour, so its not the quickest charging phone- although I also read this from someone else on another review.
I bought the black version of this phone, as it also comes with a spare white backing case for you to switch and change. If you choose the white version, you don't get a black backing- I'm not sure why!
The black baking has a sort of meshing design, for a rough feel which I found helps you keep grip of the phone better. Because of this, I never used the white spare case as the spare one is smooth and shiny and I thought it would look odd with a black front!
The case unfortunately does dint easily, as it is just plastic. I dropped it once, and it had a lovely scruff on the corner which looks like I've smashed it on concrete!
The dimensions of this phone, are 112.4 x 59.9 x 11.5 mm and I thought the size was perfect for fitting in my hand and using with one hand.
With a 113g weight, the phone isn't too heavy yet doesn't feel light and flimsy.
To the front of the phone is the main button, which takes you to the menu/main page, and also wakes up the phone when it is idle.
The two buttons either side are invisible and come alive when you touch them when the phone is not in idle.
The volume buttons are on the left and for me are a great size for pushing with your thumb whilst holding the phone in your hand.
The phone takes a normal sized earphone 3.5mm jack, which I found very useful for the gym, and as the sound when playing music from the phone isn't amazingly loud, I used my earphones a lot.
The charging slot is covered by a sliding door, which I really liked as it stops dust and bits getting inside, and there is the power button on the side which puts the phone into aeroplane mode, turns the phone off or puts it into idle.
The phone does have GPRS with maps and sat nav, but I found this feature really rubbish! I left it to configure for ages and it still couldn't find my location.
With the speed of HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps- Which I can't explain, as I don't understand what it means! The phone isn't amazingly fast, but it's decent. I personally couldn't get along with it as I am used to fast nippy phones!
I did find the phone became unresponsive quite a few times, when I pressed back for example, the phone didn't response, which made me press it over and over and over and over.. until it crashed.
Although the phone never crashed to the extent that I had to reset it or remove the battery, it is easy to press the main button and use the app killer which is available to download to stop all running applications.
The phone does have Wi-Fi, which I used a lot although as other people have complained about in their reviews on various websites, the Wi-Fi can become quite slow. I actually found on many occasions that my phones 3G was quicker than the Wi-Fi. Using my laptop on Wi-Fi is fine, so I know it isn't my house connection speed.
Although once pages have loads, I had no problem downloading files from Wi-Fi or 3G.
The phone has blue tooth- which I never use so I cannot comment on this feature. The charging slot uses a micro USB which is a common connection so it's easy to get hold of another charger or computer cable if need be- although you also get one of those in the box too!
I would recommend this phone to anybody who is wanting a cheap smart phone for the basics. The phone does just about everything as the top of the range phones, just slower. I personally enjoy the luxuries of a quick smart phone with a larger screen, and I didn't realise it until I tried the galaxy ace.
The phone for me to is too small, and I did feel I was downgrading from previous phones I tried.
I will give this phone 4 stars, basically because the price does represent what you get. This is a decent phone, for a great price!
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Summary: Great price! May be worth a try!
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