Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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Samsung Galaxy Ace
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Samsung Galaxy Ace
Advantages: Multiple connectivity, Camera with Flash, Cost
Disadvantages: Slow nature
I myself own a Samsung Galaxy S2 but my partner had my old HTC Wildfire S which was almost a snail with the battery capacity to possibly just hold a ten minute conversation; this was just beyond inconvenient and not suitable when travelling to and from work is needed. I began hunting high and low for a phone, as a student this christmas I couldn't even afford the S2 second hand so this phone was out of the question. Then I saw the Ace, after reading positive reviews and mark ups I thought this would be perfect for her with wi-fi, bluetooth, social media capacity, google search, mp3 download/ play etc and a 5meg camera plus a price to suit.
Samsung to me are a greatly trusted brand and I love them so much I think they should sponsor me. Anyway, Samsung was founded in 1938 focussing upon textiles, security and retail not branching into electronics until 1960. Fast forward to 2012 where Samsung became the worlds largest mobile phone maker overtaking Nokia who had held pole position from 1998.
Intially I had to make the decision of where to buy the phone as I had a budget of £100 maximum. I looked at the O2 site; we have been O2 customers for about 4 years and have no plans on moving as we get a good deal on Pay as You Go and the signal is decent in our area. The christmas deal with O2 was 109.99 plus a requirement to top up by £10 so this brought it to £119.99, a little over budget. I then turned my search to Ebay but looked for the new/ barely used as it was to be a gift and I didn't want it looking like I'd thrown it around on the lead up to the big day. I started watching a few in all the colours (white, black and purple), my partners favourite colour is purple so I was hoping for one of these. After about four failed auctions I was getting disappointed and frustrated but then my luck changed. A purple Ace on O2 with 2 spare covers and memory card in box, I won for £89.95 so the excitement began!
The package arrived which was much smaller than expected but nowadays a lot of the phone boxes are shrinking, this is good as it does not take up much room to store. The box is green and black with the phone image on the front and specifications written on the sides. The box provided a safe housing for the phone unit, battery, charger which looks slim line like a travel edition, 2GB memory card and holder, plus a spare white and black back cover. As I bought this from Ebay I got an extra flip case and 2 silicone cases with it, I was suprised as I only saw two covers on the photo. I find the 2GB memory cards are a little small especially with such a low internal memory so I bought a 8GB card from Ebay.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace is 11.5 mm thick, 112.4mm high and 59.9mm wide with a 3.5" touch screen making this phone very pocket and bad friendly not stretching the hand to use plus weigh only 113g. The phone runs the Android OS system version 2.3.6 which is great for downloading apps with ease from the Google Play store built in.
The phone runs from a full touch bar device with one main button on the front and a switch off and on button the the side of the unit. The display is good quality for reading, displaying pictures, wathcing videos, playing games etc being a TFT and 480x320 resolution.
The battery I have found can last over 24 hours but does drain faster when I play games which I am a fan of. Apparently the capacity is 420 hours even whilst using 3G internet but I am yet to see this capacity.
The camera I have found to be of nice quality for such a low price phone, not up to the S2 standard but the 5mp with flash and 2x digital zoom is more than enough needed for casual use; there are a variety of options for anyone who is interested in grayscale etc but for us its just standard photos. The video recorder I find to be equally as good making videos of a quality suitable for our casual use filming the cat or days out.
The phone has the ability to download music from Amazon for nominal charges and store them in the files to be played like any other mp3 device, set as rings tones etc. We often bluetooth music across and the speakers are so loud it can even be played in the car through its own speaker! The normal headphone jack allows for any of your favourite headphones to be used with the phone.
The phone has the usual calendar, alarm, calculator and organiser features which my partner barely uses; we have never quite trusted a phone to wake us up in the morning! The bonus feature is the ability to open pdf files and adobee acrobat which are required when applying for certain jobs and looking at specifications.
Finally the apps, well without the memory card the phone would do nothing, but with it the possibilites are endless. There are many apps that still require work in the Android market and the odd thing is known to crash but my partner loves games like Cut the Rope and Darts which work smoothly with no glitches. Also the most popular Facebook and Twitter apps can often crash but that is due to connection issues from the actual programs and not the phone.
The phone uses GPS, wi-fi, bluetooth, Kies, HTML browser and has 3G capacity with network meaning that no matter where you are you can still keep in touch on the move.
Overall the phone is a little slow but then Im used to using the S2 which out strips this phone by far; but as phones costing £89.95 go this has to be the best. My partner loves the phone using is constantly for Facebook, the internet and texting which all work fab. Despite the slow nature I do recommend the phone for anyone with a low budget; 4 months and no issues yet.
Summary: A great low costing quality Samsung
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