Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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Samsung Galaxy Ace
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Samsung Galaxy Ace
Advantages: Cheaper than an iphone, Touch screen, sleek, not too bulky
Disadvantages: Battery life
It was November 2011 when my Blackberry Pearl finally gave up the ghost, and decided the ASDA delivery man wasn't a call worth accepting when living in high rise student accommodation - therefore making some poor unsuspecting first year have to make the journey up the stairs to come tell me my groceries had arrived. Given that I was also living away from home, having a mobile phone that worked properly was pretty essential.
With my old phone, I was on PAYG tariff, paying an additional £10 a month for Blackberry services on Orange. Given my experience with both my phone and Orange had been so poor, with me ringing their support line more often that I do the local Chinese Takeaway, I knew it was time for a change.
Being a student, I really didn't have an awful lot of cash in my budget to spare on a new phone, so decided a contract option would be better so I could spread the cost and not have to constantly top up. As me and my Mum are existing Virgin Media customers, I went instore and got a £10.99 a month deal on the Samsung Galaxy Ace, with 500mb of internet, 250 texts, 75 minutes and 3000 Virgin to Virgin minutes (to any non Virgin customer this would have been £21 a month!)
The Samsung Galaxy Ace appealed to me because of it's sleekness and it's touch screen abilities. I wanted a phone that could connect to the internet and allow me to browse webpages, and the phones 3.5 inch 16 million colour screen certainly allowed me to do that. As I got to grips with the phone, I also discovered other features which I quickly became impressed with - the 5 Mega Pixel camera which shot crystal clear images that could rival my SLR, being amongst one of my favourites. It may seem excessive that a mobile phone - in which it's primary function is to call or text would need such a good camera, but what with the world of social media it's great being able to capture something so clearly and upload it without having to use a camera then retrieve the image from an SD card first.
Other notable features include an FM radio which is ideal for when you are on the move, as well as a great App store which allows for a glipse of the perks of an iphone. The Apps I now have come to rely on include twitter, facebook, youtube, ebay and news and weather, to name a few. The Maps Application also has helped me out of many sticky situations when I have been lost and needed directions, with excellent satellite mapping services especially if you are on foot.
Although the Galaxy Ace is generally a phone to rave about, there are a few issues with it which deny it a converted 5 Dooyoo stars. Battery life for one. Now, I know smartphones do use a heck of a lot of power to run things even in the background of what you are doing... but boy oh boy if using the phone even marginally throughout the day, expect the battery life to drain like your pockets the week before Christmas. I sometimes find that I have to charge my phone anywhere up to twice a day, which as you can imagine gets very frustrating especially if I am out without my charger and have to make do with only very minimal use.
The phones official stats claim that the battery life on 3G is up to 420 hours, and up to 620 hours on 2G. I don't know who came up with that estimate but it's total rubbish. I tend to average about 18 hours at the very best, with minimal or no use of the phone.
Secondly, I have noticed that when calling a place such as my bank whereby you have to manually enter numbers to get through to the right department, the phone will not allow for any type of keypad option... no matter what you press or how many times you try. I also find that when trying to end a call, the phone will sometimes not allow you to slide down the top bar to re-activate the screen to end the call. There have been a few instances whereby I've actually had to turn my phone off to end a call, which can be a bit of a nuisance.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Ace is an ideal phone for anyone who would make use of some of the features such as Apps, yet by the same token doesn't want to fork out for an iphone. It's not a bulky phone, yet also isn't overly girly so would happily suit either male or female. I was quite freaked out to find out my Brother also has the same phone when I visited him last, so in that respect it's quite versatile in appeal. It also comes with an interchangeable white cover incase you want to mix things up a bit.
It's also very sleek in operation, with a minimal amount of buttons including a volume adjuster on the side incase your Ricky Astley ringtone accidently rings at full blast on the train. You wouldn't want that now, would you?!
This phone may not suit those who spend 24/7 emailing, texting, tweeting and even gaming on their phones due to the way the battery drains, but for me this phone ticks all the boxes and even keeps me in check with the Calendar, which syncs all your events from Facebook to make sure you don't miss a birthday or an event. I'm certainly glad I upgraded, and I may well stick to the Samsung brand in the future.
Summary: Great alternative to an iphone
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