Samsung Ace Review
Since it does not have a touchscreen, the Ace runs Windows Mobile 6 Standard edition. It is similar devices we have reviewed in the past, such as the HTC Vox and Motorola Q9h/m/c, but there are some unique twists to the Ace
The default home screen shows system information, shortcuts for recently used applications and other information, such as upcoming calendar appointments. There are several default home screens preloaded on the Ace, but since they are relatively easy to write the possibilities for personalization are almost endless.
The Start Menu can be viewed in either a list or grid view. In grid view there can be as many as 8 icons (4x2) on the screen at any time, but there are several pages. List view offers 7 icons on screen at any time, again with multiple pages. List view also numbers the menu choices so that the dialpad can be used to make a selection. Advanced users can reorder and consolidate the menu by modifying the Windows/Start Menu folder, just as they would on their PC.
Searching and dialing a number from the phonebook has never been easier. From the home screen you can begin typing the name (either first or last) and it will begin to match with your contact list. If you begin typing a number it will also match with your contact list, displaying the matching names as well. You can also search within the contact application as well, but only by name and not by number.
Adding a contact is easy as well. Simply select a number from the call history, or type the number in with the dialpad and press save. You can add it as a new contact, or as an additional number for an existing one. There is room for ten numbers per contact, and you can also add three emails, three IM names and other info, such as the contact’s company, address, anniversary and birthday. If that is not enough fields you can always add a note with any other information. The size of the phonebook is limited only by available memory on the device.
Organizer and PIM:
Samsung has made a logical move and consolidated all of the PIM options into the Organizer folder. Here you will find Alarms, Calendar, Notepad, Tasks, Voice Notes and World Clock.
The calendar is full featured, as you would find with any Windows Mobile phone. Like the phonebook, the number of appointments it can hold is limited only by memory, and is for all intents and purposes limitless. The appointments options are plentiful; you can add Location, Attendees and Notes as well as set reminders at different intervals and set the appointment to recur every day of the week, every day of the month or every specific date. You can also set your status to be Free, Busy or Tentative. This allows you to add items such as birthdays and anniversaries as all day events, and by setting the status to Free it does not conflict with other appointments on that day.
The calendar can be viewed by day, week or month. You can choose the starting day for the week as well as the duration (5, 6 or 7 day week). At the top of the daily view is a small time bar which allows you to easily see your free time at a glance. This is one of the new things of WM6 compared to WM5.
Tasks menu allows you to create to-do items. For a given task you can set subject, priority (normal, low, high), start/due date, reminder, category (business, holiday, personal, seasonal) and note. Like calendar appointments, a task can be set to recur, and you can also assign a sensitivity level to them (normal, personal, private, confidential.) The list view allows you to easily see which ones are finished and which are not. Tasks can be sorted by status, priority, subject, start date, due date or filtered by all, recent, no categories, active, completed.
The remaining items, Notepad, Voice Notes and World Clock , do exactly what you would expect them to and nothing more. Notepad is not the same as the Notes section you will find in Outlook, and the two do not synchronize.
File Explorer is the mobile version of Windows Explorer and allows you to explore the content of the phone and storage card memory. By changing the options the user is even given access to the system folders and files.
The Accessories folder contains some other useful tools, such as Calculator, Smart Converter and Tip Calculator. The calculator is a simple calculator with no advanced functions, and the tip calculator allows you to not only calculate the tip based off of bill percentage, but also allows you to split the bill between a user-definable number of people. In this folder you will also find some important items such as Speed Dial and Task Manager.
1. KS (unregistered)
Samsung ace is the dumbest "Smart" PHone there is. I have been using this piece of junk for about two months now and it is the worst combination of phone and operating system you can ever get. Phone freezes all the time. Forget surfing the web and checking emails - this phone cant even make and receive normal phone calls properly. The lag -delay when you press a key and the point where the key actually responds is way too much - something like working on a 20 year computer. MSFT did a poor job on the windows mobile operating system. Worst phone ever.