When it comes to a lot of smartphones, many suffer from simply being too big. Whether they’re enormously heavy, have a giant screen that drains the battery life, or they simply have too much crammed in one phone, many users often learn that there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. However, the folks at Samsung have realized this and thus the Samsung Galaxy Ace was born.
Its appearance is something you’re either going to love or hate. Some will like its small, sleek size, sophisticated plastic exterior, and its 3.5 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen. Others may frown in that it looks almost exactly like an iPhone. An iPhone clone or no, it is nevertheless a well made phone, with a strong exterior. At 113g, it feels wonderfully solid in the hand.
Its operating system consists of the Android 2.2 Froyo. While this isn’t the latest version of Android, it is nevertheless up-to-date enough to be able to support most of the most coveted apps and features most Android phones support. Its interface is a bit difficult if you’re unused to smartphones, but for the most part it’s not impossible to learn.
That aside, it has a pretty well packed set of internet connectivity options, featuring wi-fi, Bluetooth, 3G, HDSPA, and more. Thanks to having Android, you get a plethora of Google related goodies preinstalled on the phone, including Gmail, Google Maps, Google talk, and more. Its nicely responsive screen and Swype onscreen keyboard makes texting, typing, and emailing quite easy, and its T9 predictive text means the process is made much easier. (Fortunately, Samsung put more work into their predictive text-while some may find this phone looks like an iPhone, you’ll find right away that it doesn’t have the same infamous spelling mistakes as the iPhone.) Also unlike the iPhone, this phone supports Flash, which allows you to enjoy a great deal more regarding games and videos.
Its five megapixel camera is surprisingly powerful, equipped with autofocus, a LED flash, and more. Its flash is strong enough to illuminate even darker areas, and photos come out wonderfully clear in brighter settings. It’s not a perfect camera, but it’s nevertheless great for snapshots on the road. Its 3.5 mm headphone jack and quality music player also makes for great features; while the sound quality isn’t perfect, but it’s enough to be able to listen to your tunes without distraction.
The downside to the Ace is that its battery life could be better, but that is par to the course with many smartphones. You can attempt to save on battery power by deactivating certain apps and features or turning it off when you don’t need it, but for the most part this is a phone you’ll need to charge daily at the very least. On the plus side, it can be equipped with up to 32GB of memory.
These are only a few ways the Samsung Ace can benefit you. While its low battery and less than original exterior design may disappoint some, for the most part it is a well equipped little phone that’s definitely worth checking out.