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Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review

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Interface and functionality:

Samsung's latest TouchWiz Nature UX is painted over Android 4.2 on the Ace 3, so you pretty much know what to expect, as all the usual widgets and settings are present. From the bells and whistles that come with the flagship S4, here we only have S Travel that partners with TripAdvisor, Smart Stay and S Translator. The interface doesn't sport all the fancy transparencies and animations that the more powerful handsets from Samsung are able to display, and this, coupled with the run-of-the-mill resolution make the UI look a bit dated.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 comes with the latest version of the TouchWiz Nature UX interface - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 comes with the latest version of the TouchWiz Nature UX interface - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 comes with the latest version of the TouchWiz Nature UX interface - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 comes with the latest version of the TouchWiz Nature UX interface - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 comes with the latest version of the TouchWiz Nature UX interface



The on-screen keyboard comes with word prediction and over 50 different input languages - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review

The on-screen keyboard comes with word prediction and over 50 different input languages

The on-screen keyboard comes with word prediction and over 50 different input languages to pick from, but it is not a stellar typing experience because of the squished key layout with large gaps on a fairly modest 4” display.



Processor and memory:

A 1 GHz dual-core processor is what's powering the 3G version of the Ace 3, which is modest for today's standard, and the LTE variance we have for review kicks it up a notch to a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU with a PowerVR SGX544MP GPU.

The handset runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with minute hiccups during transitional animations, but app loading times as well as multitasking are carried out with decent speeds, though it is pretty visible that the phone is not a speed demon, as the benchmark tests below can attest.

The 3G version of the phone has 4 GB of internal memory (about 2 GB of which are user-available), and the LTE one sports 8 GB of storage (5 GB user-available), while Samsung has supplied a gig of RAM and a microSD slot for storage expansion on both.

Performance benchmarks

Quadrant
Higher is better
Sony Xperia L 4223
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 3201
AnTuTu
Higher is better
Sony Xperia L 9225
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 10628
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 17
Vellamo Metal
Higher is better
Sony Xperia L 449
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 352
Vellamo HTML 5
Higher is better
Sony Xperia L 1804
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 1431
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Internet and connectivity:

Granted, browsing on a 4” display is not as pleasant as on a 5- or even 6-incher, which are not a rarity these days, but the stock TouchWiz browser is quick to render pages and zooming is smooth. You can also display Adobe Flash content if needed, which is an advantage before the default Android browser Chrome.

Other than that, we aren't presented with anything out of the ordinary in terms of features – just the usual set of tools like Incognito mode, support for multiple windows, and playback of embedded YouTube videos.

The browser renders pages quickly and zooming is smooth - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review
The browser renders pages quickly and zooming is smooth - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review
The browser renders pages quickly and zooming is smooth - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review
The browser renders pages quickly and zooming is smooth - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review

The browser renders pages quickly and zooming is smooth



As we mentioned, the Ace 3 comes in two versions – one with LTE radio, for the respective carriers that support this fast 4G standard, in addition to HSPA+ download speeds up to 42.2 Mbit/s, while the 3G version comes with 14.4 Mbit/s radio only. There is also a version with two SIM cards that lets you use more than one carrier network at once.

The rest of the connectivity features for the 3G version are Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, Wi-Fi Direct, FM radio with RDS and that's about it, while the LTE variant throws in NFC as well.

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posted on 19 Jun 2013, 09:47 4

1. smallworld (Posts: 412; 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: 952; 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: 558; 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
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(121.2 x 62.7 x 10 mm)
4.22 oz  (120 g)

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