Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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Samsung Galaxy Ace
Member Name: blissman70
Samsung Galaxy Ace
Advantages: Easy to use, great features, lots of apps on offer, great battery life and low cost unit
Disadvantages: can lag at times, low internal memory and maybe not that in vogue at the moment
One particular phone that I have used for a while, and sometimes still do use when I need to as I technically own it as I finished paying for it once I'd paid the contract that I was in, is from a well known company called Samsung, with the phone itself being the Galaxy Ace.
Which is not to be confused with any ideas of a chocolate bar, but the name could sound like that couldn't it? It is the name of a mobile phone, but not just a standard phone, no, this one is a smart phone. And why do they call it a smart phone? Is it because it goes to school in the pockets of all those students and learns things? Is it because it knows more about the history of Adolf Hitler's rise to power? Is it called a Smartphone because it can calculate the pythagoras theorem to the nearest flux capacitor generator capsule?
No... it's none of these.
It's called a Smartphone because it is more than just a phone. It's almost a mini computer that you can run your daily life by, jot in your appointment, look up your E-Mail, upload, download, input output and a lot more... plus, as it is technically a phone, it can fit in your pocket so you can move about without some hooded yob eyeing up your belonging as you walk down the now darkened streets because the local council have turned the lights off to save money for their own pension schemes.
Anyway, where was I?
Yes, pension schemes... no, I mean mobile phones, in this case the Samsung Galaxy Ace.
* So what does this phone look like..?
It's a mere 60mm by 112mm in size and a slim line 11.5mm thick, weighing in at just over 110gram
Looking at the front of it, where the screen is, just below the screen there is are three
hard key, from left to right, the menu key, home key and then the back key. The microphone, or more the mouthpiece, is located on the underside. Then, above the screen there is the ear piece with the good old proximity sensor to the right of it
Along the right side there is the power button near the top and the microsd card slot towards the lower section. Then on the left there is a slim, yet firm feeling volume button.
When you turn it around you'll see the camera, with the flash just below it, and the external speaker hidden behind a grill type mesh on the right.
On the top there are two slots, one for the mains charger, the other is a 3.5mm earphone jack.
* And the specs...
This phone comes with Andriod 2.2 Froyo operating system and has a 3.5inch full touch screen boasting a 480x320 resolution. Inside there is a 5MP camera with a 2x digital zoom., which can shoot both still and video footage, with the video shooting at 320x240.
There is a built in LED flash and also auto focus. There are an array of features on the camera function itself, such as single shot, rapid shot and even panorama. With effects such as negative, sepia and the good old black and white.
It has a built in Music player which plays MP3 and WAV.
It offers Polyphonic and MP3 ringtones, which you can use any for alerts, tones, alarms or what ever you want.
You can connect to the usual array of things, such as the internet using WiFi, 2Gand 3G, but not 4G as this one isn't up to that, but 3G is fast enough for most things anyway. I mean, if you want faster then connect your laptop up to your neighbours router and download from there.
It has Bluetooth connectively as well so you can transfer data that way or connect to such things as hands free kit or even direct to your car, if you have one of those posh things in your car that is. Me, I haven't so I'm stuck with looking like Robo-Cops demented half brother who's been dieting for a while and it's gone badly wrong at some stage.
Then it lets you connect to your PC, or tablet, using the supplied USB cable, with one being a mini USB and the other your standard size one.
* Other features (which may come in handy)...
Missed call function with dialled and received calls
Speakerphone. (using the speaker on the rear so that you don't have to have this constantly attached to your face)
This phone does come in a selection of colours, blue, white, black and something called La Fleur.
* So that's what it looks like and what it offers. How good is it really?
Hmmm, well, like most smart phones that didn't go to school, it has it's ups and downs, some having so many the might make you feel sea sick. Only this one, due to mainly the low cost of it, has more ups than downs.
I won't go into all the ups and downs, (or pros and cons for those posher people out there). I'll just give you a few of the basics.
* Firstly, the ups, (pros).
The main one for me is that the battery can really take a battering, so to speak. The battery is what most smartphones like this struggle with as they tend to drain like brown water down a freshly laid sewer pipe. But the battery on this one seems to be able to last longer than even I'm used to in between charges.
I can't give you exact figures on how long a full battery lasts as it is all down to what you're running and how you've got your phone set up. But I can surf the web, do a lot of writing and the like, plus several lengthy phone calls on top, and the battery still has the power to get me home again.
Some smart phones I've used drain the battery almost as soon as I've turned the things on. Not this one, it seems to be able to handle a lot.
Another bonus on this is the speed of the CPU, which, considering that it is well short of your usual smartphone CPU, this one being a mere 800MHz, it still manages to dash about like a bulldog chasing its bottom without too much lagging.
I've found that it handles several things at once. Although too many apps can spoil the broth, so to speak.
I have managed to have several apps and things open at one time without too much trouble. Such as the WiFi, together with downloading apps from the store, also checking e-mails and the like together with writing a few things as well, and more.
So it's not going to crash on the first attempt at browsing and writing at the same time.
The screen itself is not a bad size and is so clear it's almost like watching something in HD, (I said almost). Reading on it doesn't strain my eyes and watching videos is quite comfortable too, although I do take a break every so often if the video goes on a bit as it can get a little eye aching after a while.
You can download apps from the famous app store, and there are thousands of them, so you can change what's on your phone every day if you want.
I have downloaded the apps I need, such as diary, notebook, calendar and a few others, and I tend to stick with them as most of the apps don't like to be stored on the memory card to it doesn't take long to fill up the phones internal memory.
There are several apps that can be stored on the external card, it's just a matter of seeing which ones do.
It offers several 'home pages' sort of, and with the swish of your finger you slide from one to another, so you can have what ever app short cuts you want on which ever of the home page. I have my most popular ones on the central one, leaving the main picture of my wife and kids in full view, (if it gets stolen then that picture alone should make the thief give me the phone back... talk about scary!!). The other 'home pages' are where I have other app short cuts.
But it's all a personal thing and is down to my own choice. You don't have to copy what I do of course, I won't be upset if you don't. in fact I'd be a little worried if you did????
I should have mentioned the touch screen a little earlier. But here we go. The touch screen on this phone is very nice indeed and, according to the leaflet and booklet that came with this phone, if I remembered correctly, it is covered in what they call 'gorilla glass' which means that it is stronger than your average touch screen glass and can take a little more hassle.
It is very responsive, sliding along with the finger pace that I control, opening up what ever app I want to open in seconds without a problem at all.
Although I have noticed that if I have a few apps are open at once, without pressing the back button to 'close' some of them before opening another one, some apps can become a little sluggish.
But if you're worried about apps staying open there are plenty of apps on the market that offer an app killing service, (the word APP has just lost all meaning to me now, I think I've said it to many times). Personally, most of the time, I let the phone close the apps that it thinks need closing, or I press the back button instead of the home button, this way the app has more chance of closing.
There are several other ups, or pros surrounding this phone which can be mentioned but if I did then it would take up to much room and could be seen as padding, or boring, or just me showing off. None of which I want to be accused of so I'll stick with what I feel are the most relevant.
* So what about the downs, or the cons as some people say..?
The internal memory is the main downside for me as it is only 158MB, but as it can take up to a 32GB microSD card it isn't that bad really, until you start to instal the apps that you want. These apps are only small by themselves but as most of them can not be stored on the external memory they soon fill up the internal memory leaving you with the decision of which to uninstall and which to keep? Decisions like that shouldn't have to be made. I mean, haven't we got enough to think about what with this financial mess that we're all to blame for, (except the politicians and bankers of course as they are all innocent bystanders).
I do have to say that this phone did come with a 2GB microSD card, which can store quite a bit and is a good start but a 32GB card costing next to nothing it's probably wiser to up the memory before too long.
There are a few other little downsides, such as it can 'lag' a little, but not enough to upset me when I'm going about my business, plus, the internet can get a little sloppy, but again, not enough to make me want to throw this out of a moving train window. Although some of the trash that comes on the internet does make me want to launch any phone out of a window. I mean, who cares if some posh lanky streak want to get a free holiday in a jungle just so a couple of clowns can get their faces on the television?
And who wants to know how some scruffy looking women licks her fingers and tells us how to make the perfect mince pie for Santa to eat on Christmas eve, (no wonder the guys a little over weight... or technically obese according to the NHS government guidelines, have some of these politicians not looked in a mirror?)
Back to the phone please... I can hear you shouting,(either that or the voices are back!!! God I hope not, not again).
The speaker isn't brilliant and won't be heard if you're stood on the runway as a plane takes off over head. But as not too many people stand on runways whilst expecting a call then this speaker should be ok. As for playing music through it, well, it's not that bad but I do prefer listening through a favourite set of earphones that I tend to use.
There are a few other little cons such as those mentioned, but not enough to warrant walking passed this phone in your local shop, especially when you see the price tag that is dangling from it like a dogs dry tongue begging you to give it a splash of water.
* My opinion...
This is not a bad little phone at all and is pretty much like any other smart phone in the way that you use it.
The plastic body feels solid in the hand and it has some fine curves around the edges making it not only nice looking but also saves any danger of digging into your thigh if you put this in your trouser pocket.
The call quality is second to now, although certain networks are not so good at keeping me connected... you know who you are don't you Mr what sit network?, so you can't really blame the phones call quality when certain networks lose the plot.
The earpiece is nice and long, making listening to your caller a lot more easier as you don't have to keep moving the phone around your ear. And the mouth piece is in the right place for people to hear my voice as clear as if I was stood right next to them, (but why I'd use the phone if I was stood right next to them I don't know? Unless I didn't really like them maybe? Or their breath smelt a little funny perhaps?.
It has that great feature, for me anyway as my fingers aren't the smallest, this feature being the way that the screen turns when you turn the phone, (obviously, I hear you shout, the screen is attached to the phone), what I mean is that when you turn the phone what ever is on the screen will turn from horizontal to vertical, or portrait to landscape, and back again.
This feature really helps those with larger fingers especially when it comes to typing on the qwerty keyboard.
And there's also something that they call Quicktype by SWYPE, which means that you simply swipe your finger across the keys and this feature is supposed to be able to recognise what you are trying to write, although this is not as simple as it sounds, being more annoying for me so I don't use it at all.
The voice search is a doddle, and I do use this one quite a bit, so long as you are connected to the internet you simple say what you want and, hopefully, depending on your accent, it should go to where you want it to, (although this can struggle on certain accents. That's why that X-Factor judge can never find what she looking for????, even god struggle to under stand her. This feature saves you the hassles of typing in the search, (and I think she struggles with that as well... no wonder she needs help).
It also has something called Thinkfree, which means that you can not only view such documents as Microsoft word/exel and powerpoint, you can also edit and even create those files as well.
Then there's the microSD card, which slots into the little port on the left side. This port is cleverly hidden behind a little hatch type cover which hangs on with the thinnest, yet very strong, strip of rubbery plastic material.
You do have to remember that when you 'unmount' the microSD card you should go through the full process or you do risk losing the data on the card.
As I said this did come with Android 2.2 Froyo but, since the warranty was up, it was a simple matter of installing another OS. I tried a few, including ICS, which was good, but I have stuck with gingerbread 2.3 as it seems to be a little smoother for this phone and what I use it for.
In all, a fine smartphone that can handle a lot yet won't break the bank.
If you want a smart phone that has to keep up with a very busy business schedule then this one may let you down a bit as it might not keep up with what you need.
Don't get me wrong, it can do a lot and can keep up with your average day without too much trouble, but as the CPU isn't the fastest don't expect iphone performance as you will be sadly disappointed.
As for the price...
This is more a budget smart phone price, selling for around the £100 region, which is pretty good money for what you get.
What more can I tell you about this phone that never went to school yet still became smart? It acts like a phone and it performs like a computer. What more do you want in the palm of your hand that costs less than a romantic meal out in a posh restaurant.
Summary: A smart bit of kit that is more than just a phone.