An All-Round Performer
The Samsung S5830 Galaxy Ace
This is a strong, capable phone that claims to be mid range yet pushes the boundaries towards the higher end of that category.
What We Like
The Samsung S5830 Galaxy Ace is quite attractive, in a rubbery, compact kind of way. It’s a solidly built phone that sits comfortably in your pocket. The textured finish means that it laughs in the face of fingerprints, and we loved the way it felt when we were holding it.
This model has an 800MHz processor and great connectivity. This, along with the fact that the Ace is running the latest version of Android, and the standard HVGA screen means the phone can take full advantage of the Android Market.
The screen on this Android is a very nice 3.5 inches that made reading text easy to do. We discovered that texting and emailing are a dream on this handset; it comes with Samsung’s own keyboard installed, and while it’s a QWERTY, it is superior to the stock Android version. This is enhanced by the inclusion of Swype, the ability to literally swipe your finger from character to character, and on a small screen that makes texting faster and easier.
The Ace has an excellent camera; it is 5 megapixels and has autoflash, and LED flash for low light. The maximum resolutions are 2592 x 1944 pixels so it produces good pictures with nice colours and contrast. We liked the fact that it also has face and smile detection, and geotagging, so you won’t ever forget where you were when you took that picture.
We were pleased, too, by the audio output; the quality verged on great when we used an external amplifier, and good with headphones.
Whilst we didn’t think the LCD screen is too bad, we don’t think it’s great either. Brightness and contrast are ok, but the colours are a bit on the dull side, and if you’re viewing in sunlight, things get a bit difficult. It is, however, big enough to handle complex pages and panning and zooming are fast.
Even though we were impressed by the camera, to say we were less so by the video is an understatement; it is so bad it may as well not be there.
Surprisingly, there is no Flash support on the Ace, but Samsung provides the YouTube app as compensation.
We were disappointed, too, with the internal memory. We thought 158MB is a bit on the mean side for app installation, but there is a microSD slot for cards up to 32GB.
This is a mid-budget phone but the specs and quality of it push it towards the higher end of this bracket, so if you want to stay in this price range and your present mid range isn’t serving you as well as you want it to, this could very well be the phone for you.