Samsung Galaxy Ace Review
Samsung Galaxy Ace, branded as an iPhone 4 look-alike, has received mixed responses from Android phone fanatics since it graced the market in 2011. The mid-level handset was introduced by the Korean tech giant after the success of the Samsung Galaxy S. The question is: Does the Ace prove to be a worthy member of the Galaxy family?
The Galaxy Ace has a minimal design and comes in a very compact size. In fact, it is so lightweight that you’ll know it is made of plastic. But don’t fret as the phone is well constructed. Interestingly, the device has an interchangeable back panel. With that, you can choose to strut your onyx black phone with a white or black rear panel. We prefer to go with the all-black Ace ensemble not only because it’s sleeker, but also, it offers a good amount of grip on the phone.
The Galaxy Ace, with a 3.5-inch TFT touchscreen and 480 x 320p resolution, falls behind other Samsung phones’ quality screen display. It makes watching videos, viewing images or using apps a humdrum given its lackluster screen. It’s important to note however, that a Gorilla Glass layering protects the device’s screen, saving it from blighting scratches. That’s still a plus point for the Ace.
With its 5MP camera and LED flash, the Galaxy Ace produces quality photos for a mid-level device. There’s a wide array of scene modes (e.g. landscape, portrait, sports, etc.) that you can also use when taking photos. Sadly, the same thing cannot be said when it comes to taking videos with the Galaxy Ace. The phone fails to meet the HD standard of other mid-market phones. It does capture, however, clear-cut and better quality sounds than other phones.
One of the major issues with this phone is its lack of internal storage. A microSD card is utterly important if you want to have a room for all your media files. Don’t forget to also put in your memory card as your phone won’t allow you snap photos without it.
Run by either Android 2.2 FroYo or Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the Galaxy Ace gives users a tried and tested experience. However, there are still a few hitches in the phone’s performance. For one, even if the phone has an Android 2.2. OS, it doesn’t support Flash – so goodbye Flash web content and Flash games. Also, expect to experience a few milliseconds of delay when you open apps or wake the phone up from its sleep mode. You can also experience this minor setback when playing games.
Fortunately, Samsung still packed the phone with special features that are exclusive to its phones. The Ace has a built-in file browser that allows you to easily find stored data in your phone. It also has the quirky Swype text input, which makes typing messages easier. The device can be a personal Wi-Fi hotspot for users who are always on the go.
The Galaxy Ace is your phone-next-door kind of device – simple, compact and efficient. Plus, it comes with a few special features. But it does come with a number of setbacks and the Ace doesn’t go beyond mediocrity. So our verdict: If you’re looking for mid-range Android phone, The Samsung Galaxy Ace is just a-okay.