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Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Review

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Interface and Functionality:

We have the tried and true TouchWiz 4.0 interface on the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus, sprinkled atop of an Android 2.3 Gingerbread build. The contacts list integrates your buddies from Facebook and LinkedIn, as well as those from Samsung's ChatON cross-platform messaging service. Mum's the word on if and when the Ace Plus might get blessed with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, but performance with Gingerbread is very snappy anyway, without any noticeable lag – the 1GHz processor doesn't have issues powering the humble screen resolution. The phone sports 512MB of RAM, and 3GB of internal memory, expandable via a microSD card up to 32GB.

We have the tried and true TouchWiz 4.0 interface on the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus - Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Review
We have the tried and true TouchWiz 4.0 interface on the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus - Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Review
We have the tried and true TouchWiz 4.0 interface on the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus - Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Review
We have the tried and true TouchWiz 4.0 interface on the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus - Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Review

We have the tried and true TouchWiz 4.0 interface on the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus


Samsung has included most apps that usually come bundled with TouchWiz, including the above-mentioned ChatON service and a file browser, but out of the usual Hubs that come with its devices, we only have the Social one to aggregate your social networking feeds, and various other communication channels.

Main menu - Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Review
Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Review
Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Review
File browser - Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Review

Main menu

  

File browser



Internet and Connectivity:

The browser on the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus doesn't render the pages sufficiently well, with  checkered boxes appearing at almost every attempt to zoom in. On the flip side, it does support Adobe Flash, and runs embedded videos and Flash animations, albeit with slight hiccups.

The web browser - Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Review
The web browser - Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Review
The web browser - Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Review
The web browser - Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Review

The web browser


The Galaxy Ace Plus sports 7Mbps HSDPA radio, plus Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and DLNA for wireless multimedia streaming. There is no HDMI-out port, so DLNA is a welcome addition, managed by the usual AllShare app.


Camera:

Pictures from the 5MP camera with LED flash come out in focus, but are a bit low on the amount of captured detail. The frames exhibit pleasant to watch, though warmer than reality colors, and bumped-up contrast.

Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus - Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus - Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus - Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus - Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Review

Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus


Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Review
Darkness - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Review

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Medium

Low light

Darkness

Indoor samples


The camera interface sports all the usual bells and whistles we have at most Samsung models, like Panorama mode and Continuous shooting, along with various scene modes. We have a separate Macro mode, too, tucked in the settings.

VGA video is nothing to write home about in terms of definition, but it runs smoothly with 30 fps, and was fairly sharp, with overly generous amount of contrast. Where it lacked a bit was in the detail department.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Sample Video:




Multimedia:

The TouchWiz 4.0 music player is pretty basic, but overall functional, offering some extras like equalizer presets, and faux surround sound mode when a headset is plugged in. The loudspeaker is pretty average, both in terms of strength, and sound quality, but it does the job.

Music player - Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Review

Music player


The Galaxy Ace Plus plays MPEG-4 videos up to 800x480, but it doesn't support DivX and Xvid formats out of the box, as we are accustomed to with most of Samsung's other Android handsets.

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posted on 20 Jan 2012, 07:41 4

1. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


You wonder if Samsung knows what they are doing. The most important thing after making a phone call is looking at the screen for a smartphone. Even the Exhibit II has a better display at 480 x 800 (WVGA) on the same 3.7" screen size.

Did Samsung run out of WVGA displays? Doesn't Samsung realize people spend a lot of time over a two year contract looking at the display on smartphones?? WTF??

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 23:57 6

3. General (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Jan 2012)


There are many other options(which are much better) at almost the same price :

1. Sony Xperia Neo
2. Sony Xperia Neo V
3. LG optimus black
4. LG optimus 2X (dual core)
5. Samsung Galaxy R
6. Motorola Defy+
7. MOTOROLA MOTOLUXE (really great,cool) (http://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_motoluxe-4404.ph​​p).

These phones are much better than Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus, they have better optics, displays with higher resolution, pixel density, better processors and better build quality.

posted on 21 Jan 2012, 06:22 4

6. Sarath (Posts: 19; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)


Even the sony ericsson xperia mini is beter than this,except in terms of screen size.It has HD video recording and larger resolution too.And music is always better in S.E.And display too is better with bravia engine.

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 08:46 6

2. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


The glossy plastic is worse than the plastic in the original Galaxy Ace.

posted on 21 Jan 2012, 03:06 5

4. GalaxyOptimus (Posts: 23; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


I like the original Ace but this.. Ugghh...

posted on 21 Jan 2012, 03:37 1

5. ash29 (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


Wtf 3.7 inch display and HVGA,will look UGLY.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 08:09 1

7. iyang02 (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


with all of the gadgets now that keep releasing, we can't have it perfectly for us. we can't find contentment for they keep upgrading it. so the very wise for us now to do is to know our priority. what is your purpose for having that kind of thing? i keep reading comments and most of them we're not contented in some other way. like this one the samsung galaxy. samsung, nokia and apple will always be on the line when it comes to comparing. but this article will keep you interested. the samsung vs. samsung? you will find out why if you'll check this article (www.androidapps4u.com/news/tehnology/tech-news/sa​msung-nexus-prime-vs-samsung-galaxy-s2-lte/)

posted on 01 Apr 2012, 06:01

8. kakashi (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


How Much would it cost?!
I realy want one but only if it's around £200 or less, that is probibly a streach but im 13 so thats expensive
has anyoone got any other suggestions for good android phones for 200 or under that has like a 1 ghz prossesor and screen the camera can be rubbish for all i care.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 16:22

9. Teasy (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)


Insignificant CPU upgrade from its predecessor? You're talking about a 800Mhz ARM11 vs a 1Ghz Cortex A5. The later is quite a bit faster, don't fall for a direct mhz comparison. These are two different processors, the Cortex would be faster than a ARM11 even if both were running at the same clock speed. The ARM11 can't even run Adobe Flash.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 23:27

10. akshaykumar12 (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)


Samsung galaxy ace plus is the best android phone as compare to another android phones. Is comes in market with most affordable phone. The best features are: 3.65 inch Capacitive display, Android 2.3, 5 MP Camera, 1 GHz Processor, 512 MB RAM, 1300 mAH battery

I just love this mobile after using first time.

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posted on 05 Apr 2013, 20:50

11. jeffsantanna (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I use a galaxy ace plus in my day to day. It fulfills its purpose well for smartphone entry level.

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Display3.6 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (158 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.52 x 2.46 x 0.44 inches
(114.7 x 62.5 x 11.2 mm)
4.06 oz  (115 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 11.16 hours talk time

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