Apr 21, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Ace Snap Review

With the Samsung Galaxy Ace, Samsung has set their sights on conquering the all important mid-range market. The Galaxy Ace isn’t for geeks, it is for people who are looking for a smartphone that just works well and aren’t interested or impressed in features they do not need.

With the Galaxy Ace, Samsung has designed a phone that is not only elegant, but also simple to use. There are two touch sensitive buttons on the front with a directional pad in between them. The buttons are backlit and disappear when not in use. This gives the Galaxy Ace a simple design. The reasonably sized screen is bright, sharp and is sensitive enough to detect any finger swipes. The device on a whole is solid and well built.

Two battery covers are included for some form of personalisation, one of which is black and rubbery and the other in glossy white. A 2GB microSD card for installing applications and any music and videos is included. Also included in the box is a USB cable, a wall charger and a stereo headset.

A 5 Megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash is on the back. While the camera will not replace a dedicated digital camera, images captured are printable, provided there is reasonable lighting. The camera interface is excellent and provides easy access to a number of features, including manual control for photography buffs. It also supports face and smile detection, macro feature for close-up shots and geotagging.

Samsung has customised the Google Android operating system with their own user interface. The homescreen has up to seven panels that users can populate with widgets like clock, news and weather and Google Search. As a now mature ecosystem, Android offers users plenty of features, including easy access to Google’s many online services.

Applications are easy to get to and if a user needs more, they can easily access the Android Market where thousands of free and paid-for applications are available. The Galaxy Ace is reasonably quick though it slows down a bit when running many applications concurrently.

As expected from a phone that runs on Android, the Galaxy Ace is an excellent messaging device. The default messaging application supports SMS and MMS, while there is also a generic email application that handles POP and IMAP email services. Threaded messaging is included as standard giving the user a conversational style interface.

The Android browser is one of the best available on a smartphone. The browser works like any modern smartphone browsers do – it’s pinch to zoom, as well as tap to zoom. Text reflow makes it easier to browse websites that are not mobile optimised. Because the Galaxy Ace is on Three’s fast 3G network, web browsing on the go has never been quicker.

All in all, I am surprised by how much I liked about the Samsung Galaxy Ace. Despite being light on high-end features, the Galaxy Ace is a great all rounder and easy to use smartphone that anybody can pick up and use right away.


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