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Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review

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Camera:

A 5 MP camera with LED flash is found on the back of the Galaxy Ace 3, with the new Nature UX camera interface accompanying it. The app offers a more limited number of shooting modes, which can be quickly picked from the carousel on the right, than Samsung's higher-resolution phone cameras. There are no Rich Tone (HDR) capabilities, for example, but the Best Shot, Sound&Shot and Panorama options are present, as well as a Macro mode.

The camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review
The camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review
The camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review
The camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review

The camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3



The pictures look pretty good for an unassuming camera, as was the case with the Ace 2. We wish there was some more detail in the pictures, but color representation is quite accurate, and the phone's auto setting capture the scenes correctly, though there are some shadow clippings in high dynamic range situations. There are no white balance issues and the contrast is pumped up a notch by default, which yields pretty pleasant to look at results.



The handset does video recording with 720p resolution at 30fps, which should be the bare minimum nowadays, and in that regard is the same as its 2012 predecessor. There are some artifacts present from time to time, but other than that the video runs smooth, with good amount of detail and accurate color presentation. That's outdoors, with enough daylight, however, while low-light and video is extremely noisy. Of note is that the microphone picks up audio with very good and clean volume while recording the footage.

Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 4.4
No data
374
375
Nokia Lumia 520 4.7
No data
345
No data
Sony Xperia L 5
6.3
709
710
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Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Sample video:



Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Indoor sample video:



Multimedia:

The gallery offers Samsung's split view mode that keeps your folders on the left, and their content on the right for easier access. You can also edit the photos with a bunch of enhancement options and color effects directly from the app itself, as usual with TouchWiz, but here the Photo Editor option has to be downloaded separately.

Gallery in split view mode - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review
The Photo Editor has to be downloaded separately - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review

Gallery in split view mode

The Photo Editor has to be downloaded separately


Music playback is done via the TouchWiz stock player, which offers an abundance of sound modes and equalizer presets. The loudspeaker is of average strength, but emits a comparatively clean sound with no audible distortions towards the highest volume.

Listening to music is handled by the stock TouchWiz player - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review
Listening to music is handled by the stock TouchWiz player - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review
Listening to music is handled by the stock TouchWiz player - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review
Listening to music is handled by the stock TouchWiz player - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review

Listening to music is handled by the stock TouchWiz player



The video player handles most major formats - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review
The video player handles most major formats - Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review

The video player handles most major formats

The video player runs most major formats without a hitch, including MKV and Xvid files, and up to 1080p resolution at that, though for some reason it doesn't play DivX files out of the box.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Nokia Lumia 520 0.67
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 0.37
Sony Xperia L 0.24
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Nokia Lumia 520 76
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 77
Sony Xperia L 79
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posted on 19 Jun 2013, 09:47 4

1. smallworld (Posts: 427; 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: 961; 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: 576; 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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