Just an Apple iPhone 4 look-alike?
Look, there’s no other way of putting it – Galaxy Ace looks a lot like iPhone 4. Sides of the Ace have a chrome strip running throughout. The Ace is strictly a mid-range Android smartphone. The 800 MHz processor limits the Ace’s power game to large extent. If you open 4-5 apps simultaneously, the load is visible. Having said that, the Ace behaves well in normal usage scenarios.
The 3.5-inch display is disappointing. The TFT display, with a resolution of 320×480 pixels takes the sheen off an otherwise competent hardware package. The display isn’t rich, in terms of colours. The sharpness is distinctly lacking, bordering on minor blurred at times.
The display isn’t very handy in sunlight since the auto-brightness feature is missing.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace comes with Android 2.2 Samsung saying that there will be an Android 2.3 update. And true to tradition, the OS has been wrapped with the TouchWiz 3.0 UI. The phone comes preinstalled with ThinkFree office-and you have a word/spreadsheet editor available. The Social Hub app allows access to Twitter,Facebook and MySpace updates, in one place.
The 5MP camera with LED flash does a pretty decent job of clicking pictures. In low light scenarios, though, the images disappoint. The battery life of the Ace lasts about 2 days, from full charge to full discharge. And this when Facebook and Twitter were syncing in the background. The 1350 mAh battery pretty much does the job.
CPU: 800 MHz processor;
OS: Android 2.2 with TouchWiz 3.0 UI;
Display: 3.5-inch, 320×480 pixels;
Storage expansion: microSD card slot (up to 32GB);
Battery: 1350 mAh battery;
Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Phone: 1800 300 8282
Web site: www.in.samsung.com
Price: Rs. 18,290