Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review
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...
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.
121.2 x 62.7 x 10 mm
4.22 oz (120 g)
126 x 64.5 x 9.3 mm
4.62 oz (131 g)
128.7 x 65 x 9.7 mm
4.83 oz (137 g)
119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm
4.37 oz (124 g)
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
The power/lock key is on the right
The 3.5mm headset jack is on the top
The microUSB port on the bottom
The navigation buttons below the display
The 5-megapixel shooter on the back
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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
|Samsung Galaxy Ace 3||399
|Nokia Lumia 520||364
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Samsung Galaxy Ace 3||77.9%
|Sony Xperia L||No data
|Nokia Lumia 520||No data
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential (target) values.
1. smallworld (Posts: 360; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
Hallelujah !! Finally a Samsung device that is not overrated by PA !
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....
5. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
I would pick Xperia L over this anyday.. Or may be Lumia 520.
7. hms2407 (Posts: 81; 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
3. b0g23 (Posts: 11; Member since: 26 May 2012)
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
8. najib1312 (Posts: 54; 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.
9. maccess (Posts: 392; 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..
10. najib1312 (Posts: 54; 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.
15. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)
I'm Rather waiting for galaxy core.. Price 15500 rupees.. Waiting for it's review..
16. hms2407 (Posts: 81; 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
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...
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..