Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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Samsung Galaxy Ace
Member Name: EmilyWrites
Samsung Galaxy Ace
Advantages: Good internet connection, okay camera, easy to use
Disadvantages: Short battery life, weird glitches
I deliberated long and hard on what my recent choice of phone and contract would be. I had previously had an awful phone as part of a contract deal from Orange that broke long before the contract ended (but slightly after the warranty expired). I saw out the end of my contract using a cheap Samsung Tocco handset that I purchased in store from Tesco for about £40, and while I wasn't able to get online with that (I should have been able, but I wasn't), at least I was to get something out of the £25 per month I still had to pay Orange for almost a year.
With that in mind, I decided this time round to take up the Tesco sim-only deal for £7.50 per month and buy a handset separately. I get MORE minutes, texts and data allowance with this plan than I did with my previous £25 plan from Orange.
To go with my new sim, I purchased a Samsung Galaxy Ace, also from Tesco. It set me back about £90 and offered me everything I wanted from a phone. The more modern, expensive releases from Samsung did appeal to me, especially the SIII mini, but I just couldn't justify spending over the £100 mark on handset.
In theory this phone should be amazing, and in some instances it even is. But the major fault I need to make you aware of is that this phone randomly changes your settings and even deletes entries from your phone book!! Initially I thought it was just me, but my friend had similar problems with her handset when she had this phone too. When the phone is turned off, or the battery runs down, and you turn it back on after charging it up - it changes some of the settings. I got the fright of my life the first time it happened and this great, loud, urgent ring tone suddenly beeped behind me. It was the phone alerting me that I'd received a text message, using an extremely brash tone in place of the soft one I'm accustomed to. What's really confusing about this is that when you go in and check your settings - they are exactly as you left them. Just to further confuse and disorientate me, there are times when I get a few normal notifications through after turning this back on before a random one to make me jump.
Deleting half my contacts is something only I seem to have been unlucky enough to have to deal with. I am so glad I wrote out my contact list onto a spreadsheet when I changed phones! However this has proven to be extremely inconvenient on a few occasions, not least when I've been out and gone to ring someone only to find their number is no longer in my contacts list. I have had to put my contacts back into my phone at least seven times in the two months that I've had this phone, and as soon as I can find what I did with my receipt, I'll be asking for a replacement handset under warranty! What really annoys me about this situation is that I have allegedly (according to the phone) stored my contacts onto the sim card rather than the phone's internal memory.
If it wasn't for these painful glitches this is an otherwise really good phone. The screen is clear and responsive, the android operating system runs smoothly with google play, supporting most popular apps like facebook and angry birds and kindle. The volume goes up rather loud and you can play mp3s on this phone that you have downloaded or transferred over via USB (there's a lead included).
The camera quality is reasonable, especially if you remember to turn the flash on! This is only possible when there is sufficient battery on here though, and that isn't all that often unless you remember to charge this phone at least every other day. 5mp isn't going to win you any photography awards even with the flash on, but it's sufficient for grabbing a cute snap of the kids playing outside to upload onto facebook or set as your wallpaper.
The internet connection is pretty good and reliable on this phone, and I like that the phone automatically uses my wi-fi when I'm at home. It will let me know if it picks up an open wi-fi network if I'm out and about and trying to log on too, so I have the option of using that instead of my mobile data allowance.
I also like that this phone is a slightly nicer size than some of the more recent Samsung releases. It is quite wide and long, but it's also fairly slim and comfortable to hold and use. The advantage to being a bit wider than some other phones is of course the extra screen size.
It's a shame I've got the glitches that I have to be honest, as this is an otherwise good budget smartphone!
Summary: Here's hoping I can get a replacement that at least leaves my phone book alone!
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