Samsung Galaxy Ace Overview

By: Infocellular
Samsung is looking to repeat the success of its Galaxy line of smartphones with its latest Android smartphone, the Galaxy Ace S5830.

In terms of design, Samsung's Galaxy Ace closely resembles the Apple iPhone - in fact the two phones look almost identical when placed side-by-side though the Ace is slightly smaller.

But don't get us wrong; the Galaxy Ace is still a good-looking slim and compact smartphone in its own right.

Though it is mostly made of plastic, it has a solid build quality and is ergonomically shaped so it feels nice to hold.

Much like modern touchscreen-based phones, the Galaxy Ace has few physical buttons including a single home button on the front while the rest such as the power button and volume rocker are located on the side.

You'll also find a microSD card slot on the side for easy access. The phone heavily relies on external microSD cards for content storage, as it only has a paltry 158MB of internal memory.

The 3.5in screen is quite decent in terms of brightness and colour. It is also responsive when in use. However, considering that the screen only has a 320 x 480 resolution, it does pale in comparison with Samsung's AMOLED equipped smartphones.

On the positive side, we liked the matte textured rear panel that, unlike the iPhone's glossy surface, provided a better grip.

On the back is a 5-megapixel autofocus camera which is complemented by an LED flash and a tiny slit for the loud speaker.

As a phone, the voice call quality was loud and clear, and the speakerphone mode was sufficiently audible when used in a car.

Text messaging, however, still feels like a chore on the phone's virtual Qwerty keyboard because of the keys that are placed too close together. The auto-correction system is also quite poor and often results in mistyped words. The experience does improve slightly when used in landscape mode but not by much.

The Galaxy Ace does however offer an alternate method for text input using the aptly named Swype. This feature basically allows users to enter a word by sliding their finger from letter to letter.

Admittedly, it does feel weird at first but it is surprisingly accurate at predicting words that you use. In fact, we felt that we could "write" faster using Swype than the regular Qwerty keyboard.

The Ace's 800MHz processor isn't the fastest around but it gets the job done running most basic applications.

Social media buffs that can't live without Facebook, Foursquare or Twitter can breathe easy as the Galaxy Ace can run them without any problems.

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