Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview
We already started comparing the GALAXY Ace to the very successful LG Optimus One, which we think will be its main rival, and the first thing we noticed when comparing the two was the difference in cameras. Although our unit wasn't final, we tried its 5-megapixel camera and found the picture quality to be just above average. While we are content with the picture quality on the Optimus One, it just seems that 3 megapixels doesn't cut it anymore and we give our preference to the GALAXY Ace.
Picture detail is richer on the GALAXY Ace and we found color reproduction pretty accurate as well. Settings include different shooting modes including Smile shots and Continuous shooting, as well as Panorama mode. Scene selection offers a wide variety of scenes: Portrait, Landscape, Night, Backlight, etc. Take a look at the pictures below, but take into account that our unit was not yet final, so the quality might change in the final one.
Video recording is not the Ace's strong side. While it does record video, its QVGA resolution at 15 fps looks terrible even on the 3.5-inch screen. That's one of the biggest drawbacks, but we hope that Samsung will change it in the final unit.
Samsung GALAXY Ace Sample Video:
When it comes to multimedia, the screen estate is the most important asset. We managed to play only MPEG-4 videos out of the box, but a quick download of your favorite player on the Market will let you view different encodings as well. Nowadays, however, most of the video watching happens in YouTube and the YouTube app on Android is just extremely powerful – you can share and like videos, easily watch related clips and Android even lets you listen to videos when your device is locked. For music, you have the standard Froyo experience, which is fine. Sound quality on the Ace is good, it was relatively loud and clear when playing music through the loudspeaker; the handset also comes with FM Radio support.
There seems to be a lot to love in the Samsung GALAXY Ace: the snappy 800 MHz Qualcomm processor, the screen estate of 3.5 inches and the hot swappable microSD card. On the negative side, its glossy plastic body is not the best out there (even for a mid-range handset), the resolution is average and sunlight legibility could have been better, but these are minor flaws for a handset which seems to up the game for mid-range devices with a larger screen and a pretty decent processor. And if Samsung acts wisely with the pricing, it could have a winner here.
Samsung GALAXY Ace Video Preview:
1. Preetam (unregistered)
"We managed to play only MPEG-4 videos out of the box"
Hats off to you engadget. You put us readers to shame.
If this would have been a Nokia phone, you would have stated such a rant that Symbian is incompetent and wada wada, but no, this is Android, so it has to be good, we ignore every downside.
Ugly screen? Bah it's andriod. High price for hardware? Bah it's andriod.
Can only play Mp4 OMG?
BAH IT's ANDRIOD.
When will you guys stop.
2. pauldmps (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)
That is because you can download a different media player from the market & play your videos. Android can do almost anything with apps which Symbian can't.
High price for hardware, is it ? Nokia is still selling those crappy S60 V5 handsets with resistive touchscreen over INR 12k & the Ace selling for INR 15k in India. Now you compare.
4. Rakesh Waghela (unregistered)
"Hats off to you engadget."
Lols... It's not a crappy engadget review..
It's from PhoneArena ! These guys do late but sound reviews :)
3. eternal blaze (unregistered)
hi! :) thxs for the review...i have a qn...it says that it cannot support flash content.so from what you have said,is it that we download another browser then we can play the flash content?
and for the playing for videos,is it that we have to download players to play the vids as well?
6. kausarr (unregistered)
will ACE ever get android 2.3 gingerbread update..
bcoz samsung never provides an update for their devices..rather throw a new fone wid the latest os..
no updates for wave..galaxy 3..galaxy 5..
n new fones like wave 2..galaxy ace..mini..gio..n fir r there with latest os..
7. ps316 (Posts: 18; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)
Really stupid to compare with LG Optimus One, as optimus one is already on lower side from this set. "Very successful LG Optimus One", are you kidding here, really nonsense. My friend bought this set recently and this one really rocks... Only thing missing here is Flash support in browser otherwise it is almost everything. And I wont be surprised to see stupid review on this from you guys giving it around 8 out of 10.
8. yinyep (unregistered)
im a user of this ACE but....the camera...i set it to sunlight..n err...few more settings...n then i captured some pics. wen i off the camera n turn it on again,the settings that i had set jus now has now being reset automatically. my ques is ,how to retain the camera settings until i myself modify it? its quite fed up wen i hv to re-set my desired settings each time i turn on the camera.
9. magsob (unregistered)
i also got the same problem with yinyep..all the camera setting goes to default setting when close the camera application and open it again. its strange with the application if u need to setting after open the aplication..any idea how to get the setting of the camera remain as what we set before??
11. vikram12345 (unregistered)
i have a problem with camera of galaxy ace.my new galaxy ace is not taking 9 shots in continuous mode,.its just taking a single shot.what`s wrong with the camera.i am getting total mad,on the 1st day itself the phone started troubling me..i think i made a wrong choice selecting galaxy ace..pls help meout.
12. anki (unregistered)
not good enough like other mobile. when m storing fotoes on pc it will shown on very short type n there is no clearity on these pic...........i think this really bed step i taking to bought this fone..............
13. markson (unregistered)
my galaxy ace mble have some network problem.what can i do.anyone pls help me.
14. ankitpatel (unregistered)
i wish to get this phone
if u are user of this phone please really guide me abut this phone
15. afiq (unregistered)
hello... how to get the main menu like that? the square orange menu. where can i get i it. please...
16. Mithunraj31 (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
Hi Guys Do as i say
I purchased Galaxy ace S5830 through Online Worth Rs.12890 (AdexMart.com)
Was very Happy by the features of the phone but Main prob lies wit the battery it was comin only for 3 to 6 hrs Max.
But latr i Called Samsung Customer care (180030008282) and told about the battery prob, they told to do some settings wen u not using Internet (2G or 3G)
1) Make display brightness to Nil or 1 level
2) Make sure u UnCheck USE PACKET DATA
Go to Settings --->Wireless and Networks --->Mobile Networks
3) Switch off GPS,Wifi,BT Wen Not Neccessary
4) Uncheck Background Data and AutoSync
Go to Contacts ---->Accounts
5) Keep for charge only wen ur Mobile shows CONNECT TO CHARGER
6) IMP : Switch off Mob n then Keep for charge for aroun 3 to 3.30 Hrs
After i did this Battery gradually increased to almost 36 to 45 Hrs
But Wen u use Internet u ve to switch on USE DATA PACKET then Battery will be lastin only for 4 to 8 Hrs (Customer Care told Its the Prob with all Android Mob)
And One more thing if u watch Movie r Listen Music battery will b thr ony for 8-11 Hrs
If u Play Game in this then Battery ll be oly for 3-5 Hrs MAXXXXXXXX
Hope My post ll help u a bit atleast
But Guys as i ve seen reviews from few more people about headache, After Using this Cell i m also geting Headache a bit Dono Wats the Reason :(