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Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview

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Our Samsung Galaxy Ace Review is now published - click here to read it.

Camera and Multimedia:

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.

The camera interface - Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview
The Gallery app - Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview

The camera interface

The Gallery app


Outdoor samples made with the Samsung GALAXY Ace - Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung GALAXY Ace - Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung GALAXY Ace - Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung GALAXY Ace - Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung GALAXY Ace - Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung GALAXY Ace - Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung GALAXY Ace - Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung GALAXY Ace - Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung GALAXY Ace - Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung GALAXY Ace - Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview

Outdoor samples made with the Samsung GALAXY Ace


Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview

Strong

Medium

Low light

Darkness with flash

Indoor samples



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.

Camera settings - Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview
Camera settings - Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview
Camera settings - Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview

Camera settings


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:



The video camera interface of the Samsung GALAXY Ace - Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview

The video camera interface of the Samsung GALAXY Ace


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.

The FM radio - Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview
The YouTube app - Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview
Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview
Samsung GALAXY Ace Preview

The FM radio

The YouTube app

  



Expectations:

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:



Our Samsung Galaxy Ace Review is now published - click here to read it.

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posted on 18 Feb 2011, 10:37

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.

posted on 18 Feb 2011, 21:29

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.

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 04:38

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 :)

posted on 20 Feb 2011, 02:10

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?

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 06:33

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..

posted on 22 Feb 2011, 23:42

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.

posted on 16 Apr 2011, 21:40

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.

posted on 03 May 2011, 22:05

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??

posted on 25 Jul 2011, 11:33

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.

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 01:01

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..............

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 05:44

13. markson (unregistered)


my galaxy ace mble have some network problem.what can i do.anyone pls help me.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 00:46

14. ankitpatel (unregistered)


dear friends
i wish to get this phone
if u are user of this phone please really guide me abut this phone
thank you

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 04:38

15. afiq (unregistered)


hello... how to get the main menu like that? the square orange menu. where can i get i it. please...

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 06:14 1

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 :(

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Samsung Galaxy Ace

Samsung Galaxy Ace

OS: Android 2.3 2.2
view full specs
Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227, Single core, 800 MHz, ARM11 processor
Size4.43 x 2.36 x 0.45 inches
(112.4 x 59.9 x 11.5 mm)
3.99 oz  (113 g)
Battery1350 mAh, 11 hours talk time

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