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Samsung Galaxy Ace review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £215
inc VAT

A smart design, colourful screen and decent camera make the Ace an attractive phone, but it lacks room for apps and a big screen.


Android 2.2, 3.5in 320×480 display

At the time of writing, the Ace still runs Android 2.2, but an update to Android 2.3 is in the works. Sadly, the phone’s internal memory – space available for apps – is limited to just over 150MB, so you’ll soon run out of space, especially as you can’t uninstall Samsung’s pre-installed apps. Its battery life in our light usage test was acceptable at just over 23 hours – as with most smartphones, you’ll need to top up the battery every night if you regularly use Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or GPS along with 3G data.

Samsung Galaxy Ace back

The Ace’s iPhone-like design is smart, it has a decent screen and camera and the operating system feels snappy. We found it for £20 per month with an unlimited data plan, and you can buy it SIM-free for just over £200, making it great value, as long as you don’t plan on installing a lot of apps. However the Motorola DEFY has a larger screen and costs the same on contract, so remains our choice for a Budget Buy.

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Main display size3.5in
Native resolution320×480
Second DisplayNo
CCD effective megapixels5-megapixel
Video recording formatMP4
ConnectivityBluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB
Internal memory158MB
Memory card supportmicroSDHC
Memory card included2048MB
Operating frequenciesGSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 900/2100
Wireless dataEDGE, HSPA


Operating systemAndroid 2.2
Microsoft Office compatibilityWord/Excel/PowerPoint/PDF viewers
Email clientPOP3/IMAP/Exchange
Audio format supportMP3, AAC, WMA, OGG
Video playback formatsMPEG4, H.263, H.264
FM Radioyes
Web BrowserWebkit
Accessoriesheadset, data cable, charger
Talk time6.5 hours
Standby time17.5 days
Tested battery life (MP3 playback)23h 11m

Buying Information

SIM-free price£215
Price on contract£20-per-month, 18-month contract

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