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Samsung Galaxy Ace Style Review

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Samsung Galaxy Ace Style Review

Samsung Galaxy Ace Style Review
Samsung Galaxy Ace Style Review
Samsung Galaxy Ace Style Review
Samsung Galaxy Ace Style Review
Samsung Galaxy Ace Style Review
Introduction


The Samsung Galaxy Ace Style is an affordable Android phone running on KitKat, the newest version of Google’s operating system, and it also features the latest iteration of Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface. Having the latest version of Android on an affordable phone is definitely an advantage - and even more so given the specific optimizations that Google has made in 4.4 KitKat for phones like the Galaxy Ace Style with just 512MB of RAM.

Just by looking at the name, though, you might think that the Galaxy Ace Style is all about looks and design ingenuity. In fact, the only thing that sets it apart from all other plasticky, cheap Android phones is its striped back, and little else.

We’re far happier to see a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera on the back of the phone (more than the typical for the class low-res shooters), as well as a front-facing cam. How does this all work out in real life, and is the Galaxy Ace Style a good phone overall? Let’s find out.

In the box:

  • User Manual
  • microUSB Cable
  • Wall Charger

Design

The Galaxy Ace Style is a compact device with a typical Samsung design and plastic build, with a stripe on the back that sets it apart from the rest.

The Galaxy Ace Style has attention to looks embedded in its name, and you’d expect a stand-out design. It does indeed stand out with having its back decorated with a vertical line of stripes running from top to bottom. That’s about as far as style goes on this device, though - for all else that’s worth, it is made of very cheap-feeling matte plastic, and save for its peculiar stripes, looks no different than any other affordable Samsung device.

With that said, build quality is pretty fine - the device feels solidly put together, with no screaking parts. Buttons are the typical Samsung affair with a large physical home key up front, a lock key on the top right, and the volume rocker on the left. We wish they were a bit clickier and less shallow, but this grievance is rather minor and you’d have no real problem pressing them.

Being a 4-inch phone, the Galaxy Ace Style is very compact, fits comfortably in a hand and in pockets, plus it is great for single-handed usage. It is not among the thinnest phones out there (it’s 0.41” thick), but its compact size makes up for that, and it’s also fairly lightweight, tipping the scales at 4.34 ounces (123g).


Samsung Galaxy Ace Style
4.78 x 2.48 x 0.41 inches
121.5 x 63 x 10.5 mm
4.34 oz (123 g)

Samsung Galaxy Ace Style

Motorola Moto E
4.91 x 2.55 x 0.48 inches
124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3 mm
5.01 oz (142 g)

Motorola Moto E

Sony Xperia E1
4.65 x 2.46 x 0.47 inches
118 x 62.4 x 12 mm
4.23 oz (120 g)

Sony Xperia E1

Nokia Lumia 525
4.72 x 2.52 x 0.39 inches
119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm
4.37 oz (124 g)

Nokia Lumia 525

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


Display

The 4” WVGA display is decently sharp, but it's also noticeably bluish and hard to use outdoors.

The Galaxy Ace Style features a 4-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels (WVGA), which works out to a pixel density of the quite decent 233ppi. For this class of an affordable device, this is satisfactory, and it results in a display that is not pixel-perfect, but neither is the slight pixelization on it too annoying.

In terms of colors, this is quite a middling display for its class. The issue here is that the screen looks very noticeably blueish, and it does not support 16 million colors - instead the color count stands at the quite antique 262k. Some colors are also way off. In terms of viewing angles, the display holds its ground okay, and colors wash out at an angle, but not hugely.

Using the display outdoors, however, is a bit problematic - with a low peak brightness and a reflective screen, you’d need to shield the screen and stare carefully to see what’s on it. We should also note that the phone does not feature extras like an ambient light sensor or a proximity sensor, so you’d need to adjust brightness by hand.

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
Motorola Moto E 389
(Average)
16
(Poor)
1:1270
(Excellent)
6847
(Excellent)
2.37
4.51
(Average)
1.93
(Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy Ace Style 370
(Average)
16
(Poor)
1:847
(Average)
8723
(Poor)
2.47
6.4
(Average)
7.54
(Average)
Sony Xperia E1 367
(Average)
17
(Poor)
1:957
(Average)
9848
(Poor)
2.27
6.8
(Average)
8.12
(Poor)
Nokia Lumia 525 328
(Average)
71
(Poor)
1:808
(Average)
6889
(Excellent)
2.27
7.2
(Average)
4.16
(Average)
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posted on 11 Jun 2014, 08:31 2

1. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Hello, Samsung. Have you ever seen Moto G?

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 08:38 7

2. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 544; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Samsung's strategy in mid to low end segment is one of the worst.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 09:19 4

3. ihavenoname (Posts: 1487; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Makes you really appreciate Moto E and G, as well as Lumia 520 and 630.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 05:47

8. 3rdDegree (Posts: 171; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)


I know right? Just release phone after phone until there's a positive reaction.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 09:23 1

4. ancellim (Posts: 28; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


In Singapore, you can get a Xiaomi Redmi 1S for much less.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 11:19 1

5. mobi_user (Posts: 114; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


Nice review for a crappy phone.
Samsung pay some attention to the low end phones too.
And for heaven sake get a new phone designer.

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 12:25

6. h27_Venom (Posts: 38; Member since: 16 May 2014)


Nice Review Victor but you should have given it less than 5...!!!

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 18:58 1

7. bob_monkeywarts (Posts: 185; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


Sorry, Samsung. Why not you focus more on the display, and processor, and EVERYTHING!!! When Motorola announced the Moto G, they criticized the Ace. They said that the people who bought low-end phones deserved better. And then they made the Moto G. It's ten times better then the Ace.

posted on 11 Nov 2014, 04:02

9. chrisod51 (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


I bought this phone last year. It has frozen twice and lost all info
apart from anything on the SIM. According to the sales assistant at the shop where I bought it, this is a common fault with this phone, due to a software fault. You would think, knowing this that they would cease selling it.

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Broadcomm BCM21664T, Dual core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.78 x 2.48 x 0.41 inches
(121.5 x 63 x 10.5 mm)
4.34 oz  (123 g)

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