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Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review

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Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review
Introduction:

Samsung's lower midrange champion, the Galaxy Ace line, got a third generation entrant this year with the aptly named Galaxy Ace 3. It is not a huge upgrade over its predecessor, however, as is the habit with Samsung's annual updates, and the phone mainly got a 0.2" screen bump and a tad faster processor.

Another ace up its sleeve, pun not intended, is that the Ace 3 runs the newest Android 4.2 and is splattered with the newest TouchWiz Nature UX interface from Samsung. Is this enough to warrant your upgrade, or make you choose it before the sea of Android midrangers out there? Read on to find out...


Design:

Molded in the tried and true chubby plastic traditions of Samsung, the Ace 3 hasn't gotten much prettier in its third iteration than the previous two. We have the LTE version of the phone for review, which is slightly thicker and heavier than the 9.8mm 3G version.

The typical soapy shape with tapered sides and metal-like rim around the front panel do look decent, though, and the dark blue patterned plastic on the back is a nice change from Samsung's glossy black covers of yesteryear.

The typical soapy shape with tapered sides and metal-like rim of the Galaxy Ace 3 do look decent - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review
The typical soapy shape with tapered sides and metal-like rim of the Galaxy Ace 3 do look decent - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review
The typical soapy shape with tapered sides and metal-like rim of the Galaxy Ace 3 do look decent - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review

The typical soapy shape with tapered sides and metal-like rim of the Galaxy Ace 3 do look decent


Samsung Galaxy Ace 3
4.77 x 2.47 x 0.39 inches
121.2 x 62.7 x 10 mm
4.22 oz (120 g)

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

LG Optimus F5
4.96 x 2.54 x 0.37 inches
126 x 64.5 x 9.3 mm
4.62 oz (131 g)

LG Optimus F5

Sony Xperia L
5.07 x 2.56 x 0.38 inches
128.7 x 65 x 9.7 mm
4.83 oz (137 g)

Sony Xperia L

Nokia Lumia 520
4.72 x 2.52 x 0.39 inches
119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm
4.37 oz (124 g)

Nokia Lumia 520

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


The phone has become slightly taller compared to the Ace 2, to accommodate the larger screen, but the side bezel has shrunk and the width has been kept almost identical, so the phone is very easy to hold and operate with one hand as well.

The volume rocker on the left and the power/lock key at the right are thin, but not uncomfortably so, and are very easy to feel and press, with good tactile feedback, as is the large physical home key underneath the display.

The volume rocker is on the left - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review
The power/lock key is on the right - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review
The 3.5mm headset jack is on the top - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review

The volume rocker is on the left

The power/lock key is on the right

The 3.5mm headset jack is on the top

The microUSB port on the bottom - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review
The navigation buttons below the display - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review
The 5-megapixel shooter on the back - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review

The microUSB port on the bottom

The navigation buttons below the display

The 5-megapixel shooter on the back




Display:

We get a 4” LCD screen with the Galaxy Ace 3, which sports 480x800 pixels of resolution, ringing in a decent for this class 233ppi pixel density. The screen sports good color representation and very nice viewing angles.

The panel's brightness is not very high, and its reflectivity is about average, meaning that outside under direct sunlight you'll have trouble telling what's going on, even at maximum luminance.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Sony Xperia L 410
(Good)
60
(Poor)
1:733
(Poor)
7538
(Average)
1.96
5.02
(Average)
7.37
(Average)
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 399
(Average)
19
(Poor)
1:977
(Average)
7673
(Average)
2.53
6.7
(Average)
7.51
(Average)
Nokia Lumia 520 364
(Average)
67
(Poor)
1:846
(Average)
6282
(Excellent)
2.2
7.22
(Average)
1.95
(Excellent)
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posted on 19 Jun 2013, 09:47 4

1. smallworld (Posts: 420; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Hallelujah !! Finally a Samsung device that is not overrated by PA !

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 15:42 3

6. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


A Miracle!!! Isn't it?

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 09:53 6

2. whoyton2 (banned) (Posts: 142; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Call me weird but it kinda looks reasonably nice looking.....but even still 7 is a decent score....and hey at 7 it was only 0.8 of the way of the lumia 925....

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 11:05 3

4. Birds (Posts: 958; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


2 different classes of devices....

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 15:41 4

5. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


I would pick Xperia L over this anyday.. Or may be Lumia 520.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 20:46 2

7. hms2407 (Posts: 94; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)


yeh even-though the xperia l scores more than ace 3 in almost every benchmark,looks more sexier,has better specifications and a more powerful camera...PA gave it 6 and gave ace 3 a 7,now thats what i call overrated

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 10:32

3. b0g23 (Posts: 12; Member since: 26 May 2012)


hy

fast & nice
Daniel P. can you tell us the dimensions of the battery, or can tell us if this battery (1800mAh) can work in Samsung galaxy s3 mini or Samsung galaxy ace 2

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 03:33

11. b0g23 (Posts: 12; Member since: 26 May 2012)


??????????????

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 20:53 1

8. najib1312 (Posts: 99; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Looks decent, minimal specs, reasonable score......but still, I think Xperia L would be WAYYYYY better than this in terms of everything. And last year's Xperia P is also better since its MUCH cheaper rite now & it has 1 of the best cameras IMHO.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 00:59

9. maccess (Posts: 562; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


that means i could say why dont you buy galaxy s2 then.. even older than the xperia p but still much better than the p and cost extremely cheap too and has jelly bean inside..

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 02:13 1

10. najib1312 (Posts: 99; Member since: 08 May 2013)


I don't knw bout ur country but in here in Malaysia, the S2 has similar price, if not more expensive than the former Sony flagships, Xperia T, V, S and SL. Xperia P is much much cheaper than S2. That's y I've compared Ace 3 with Xperia P.

posted on 22 Jun 2013, 17:00

12. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


even Xperia M is better

posted on 22 Jun 2013, 17:27 1

13. hms2407 (Posts: 94; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)


exactly

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 08:35

15. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


I'm Rather waiting for galaxy core.. Price 15500 rupees.. Waiting for it's review..

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 11:09

16. hms2407 (Posts: 94; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)


go for xperia l instead....ace and core are usally the same thing,xperia l costs 16000 rupess and is better than both of these smartphone in almost every aspect

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 20:31

17. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


Galaxy s advance, galaxy ace 3, Xperia l, Xperia m, galaxy core, galaxy win.. I going to choose from these...

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 21:31

18. hms2407 (Posts: 94; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)


xperia l is the best one

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 00:47

19. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


What will be the price ace 3.. And Xperia M.. expected it to be below 15000 Rupees..

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 06:26

20. susanjohn (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


Samsung's lower midrange champion, the Galaxy Ace line, got a third generation entrant with the aptly named Galaxy Ace 3. It is not a huge upgrade over its predecessor, however, as is the habit with Samsung's annual updates, and the phone mainly got a 0.2" screen bump and a tad faster processor.

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Broadcom BCM21664, Dual core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size4.77 x 2.47 x 0.39 inches
(121.2 x 62.7 x 10 mm)
4.22 oz  (120 g)

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