Samsung Galaxy Ace Review – New Mid-Range Android Phone

Samsung Galaxy Ace Review: Codenamed the S5830 and released in 2011, the Samsung Galaxy Ace brought something new to the market. The release of the previous years Samsung Galaxy S was one of the most significant for some time. It was also one of Samsung’s most successful phones, with the Android interface and high spec making this one of the first genuine contenders to the Apple iPhone.

Yet one of the obstructions for to-be owners was the price, which was expensive. Samsung offered cheaper options in it’s Wave series of phones, but these all ran its own Bada operating system which was more limited than Android. So a whole host of new mid-range Android handsets was released in 2011, opening up a whole new market segment. To be sure, they were not as high-specced as the flagship phones. But compared to most other mid-rangers they were definitely powerful. All of these were pretty much in the same price bracket and targeted the same users for their first taste of Android.

The Ace was probably the best known, but there was also the Galaxy Fit (S5670), Galaxy Gio (S5660), Galaxy Mini (S5570), and Galaxy Pop (i559). There were some minor variations in spec, but all were smaller handsets in the 3.2-3.5 inch screen range running Android.

Full specifications here.

The Ace was probably the best known spin-off of these handsets and sold well thanks to its lower price. It would gain a successor in the next year – the Galaxy Ace 2 was designed along the same lines but featured an improved, larger screen.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Review Pros: 

  • Android was a major plus for this handset. Compared to most other mid-range handsets stuck on proprietary software there was no competition in the useability or expandability of this.
  • Imaging was strong for a mid-range handset: there was a 5MP camera with autofocus and flash – a similar camera was seen in the top-end Galaxy S.
  • A consistent level of media functions comes with Android – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, microSD are all standard on these phones, giving the same level of usage as the top-end phones.
  • Price was much cheaper than the flagship Galaxy S – and depending on your point of view there were only a few concecssions.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Review Cons: 

  • The screen comes in a relatively low 320 x 480 resolution for its 3.5 inch size – although to be expected this was still worse than older phones such as the Nokia 5800.
  • There was no front-facing camera for video calls or selfies – again a feature seen in phones for some time.
  • A weaker processor and lower amount of RAM made the phone more sluggish when multitasking or handling the latest games.
  • Adobe Flash was incompatible with the device out of the box; it could be manually installed but performance was poor.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects: 

This could still see service as a limited back-up phone, for those so inclined. There are a plethora of mid-range older Samsung handsets, so don’t expect a massive price for this.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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