Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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A reasonable smartphone but doesn't compare to the iphone
Samsung S5830 Galaxy Ace
Member Name: hayley_dl
Samsung S5830 Galaxy Ace
Advantages: camera has flash, reasonably priced
Disadvantages: speakerphone not very loud, poor battery life
This is an Android phone running Android 2.2 with an 800Mhz processor. It has a 3.5 inch capacitive touch screen with auto-rotate. The touch screen is responsive and I have never had any problems with it not recognising a tap, at the same time it's only set off by fingers and so you won't accidentally set it off in your pocket or anything else.
Due to this touchscreen there are only three buttons on the bottom of the phone. Menu on the left, home in the middle and back on the right.
Calls And Texts
The call quality on this is very good, I never had any problems hearing the other person and as far as I'm aware they never had any problems hearing me. I also never experienced any calls dropping. The only minor complaint I have here is that the speaker phone didn't quite get loud enough to be heard in my car. My engine isn't particularly loud and I haven't had problems with this with any other phone however this is easily worked around with a headset.
Texting is supposed to use Swype input which means you're supposed to be able to swipe your finger across the keyboard covering the letters making up the word you want, the phone will recognise this and input the word. However no matter how hard I tried this refused to work for me, inputting at most the letters I started and ended on. Despite this texting is easy, there is a full qwerty keyboard which although it may be too small for some when the phone is in portrait mode it expands so it's suitable for even the largest fingers when in landscape mode.
The battery life is really dependant on how many apps and how much I used the phone on a particular day. With little use beyond occasional calling and texting I could just about make the battery last two days, any more then this however and it really did need charging every night. The minimum amount of time it lasted with very heavy use was 6 hours.
The phone comes with a 5 Megapixel camera and up to 2x zoom. The camera incorporates autofocus, face detection, smile detection and (apparently) location detection.
I've yet to find the location detection option, maybe like the iPhone it's automatic. To be honest though I've never really worried about finding it. I know where the picture was taken and I'd really rather the rest of the world not know where I am at any given time!
However, the face detection and smile detection works very well. You do have to hold the smile a little while for it to register but you can see it mark out on the screen the face and mouth so you can tell it's doing something! Autofocus also works as it should and even on the lowest megapixel option I've not had any pictures come out out of focus.
The camera, on it's highest setting has five megapixels but there are five different settings, the lowest being 0.3 Megapixels. Unfortunately the zoom on the camera depends on the setting. You have none when it's set to 5 but this increases to 2x when on the lower 0.3 megapixels setting. Although the addition of the zoom is useful I struggle to see why I have to decrease the megapixels in order to get this.
The flash however is it's saving grace. I've been using this while my iPhone is in for repairs and so the difference the flash makes is definitely noticeable. It's an LED light but bright enough to be used in even the darkest conditions.
Music Player and Radio
This incorporates a music player and compared to my iPhone this didn't really compare. The sound quality wasn't as good however taken on it's own I would have been pleased with it. It does really need to be played through headphones in order to get the best sound quality.
The same goes for the radio, you need to play this through headphones anyway as they work as the aerial to pick up the station. However I struggled with this, it found stations without any problems but then they quickly either went static or lost signal when I moved.
Although the marketplace has less apps then apple's app store there is still something to keep most people happy. These are divided into categories and an inbuilt search function is available to make it easy to find what you are looking for.
For those of you that use your phones to work on there is a word document reader pre-installed on the phone as it comes out the box. Although I have heard that this can be used to edit documents too this has never worked for me.
Price, Availability And Recommendation
As this was a gift I'm unsure how much it cost my brother but a quick google has shown it to be around £200 - £250.
It won't be replacing my iPhone anytime soon (assuming I get it back quickly!) but it's a good, relatively cheap smartphone none the less and I'm going to give it 4 out of five stars.
Summary: a reasonable phone for the price but I prefer my iPhone