Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review
Introduction:

Samsung's lower midrange champion, the Galaxy Ace line, got a third generation entrant this year 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.

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...


Design:

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.


Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Dimensions

4.77 x 2.47 x 0.39 inches

121.2 x 62.7 x 10 mm

Weight

4.22 oz (120 g)

LG Optimus F5

LG Optimus F5

Dimensions

4.96 x 2.54 x 0.37 inches

126 x 64.5 x 9.3 mm

Weight

4.62 oz (131 g)

Sony Xperia L

Sony Xperia L

Dimensions

5.07 x 2.56 x 0.38 inches

128.7 x 65 x 9.7 mm

Weight

4.83 oz (137 g)

Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia Lumia 520

Dimensions

4.72 x 2.52 x 0.39 inches

119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm

Weight

4.37 oz (124 g)

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Dimensions

4.77 x 2.47 x 0.39 inches

121.2 x 62.7 x 10 mm

Weight

4.22 oz (120 g)

LG Optimus F5

LG Optimus F5

Dimensions

4.96 x 2.54 x 0.37 inches

126 x 64.5 x 9.3 mm

Weight

4.62 oz (131 g)

Sony Xperia L

Sony Xperia L

Dimensions

5.07 x 2.56 x 0.38 inches

128.7 x 65 x 9.7 mm

Weight

4.83 oz (137 g)

Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia Lumia 520

Dimensions

4.72 x 2.52 x 0.39 inches

119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm

Weight

4.37 oz (124 g)

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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.




Display:

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.



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19 Comments

1. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Hallelujah !! Finally a Samsung device that is not overrated by PA !

6. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

A Miracle!!! Isn't it?

2. whoyton2

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 19, 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....

4. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

2 different classes of devices....

5. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I would pick Xperia L over this anyday.. Or may be Lumia 520.

7. hms2407

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 25, 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: 14; Member since: May 26, 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

11. b0g23

Posts: 14; Member since: May 26, 2012

??????????????

8. najib1312

Posts: 155; Member since: May 08, 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: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 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: 155; Member since: May 08, 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.

12. yudi.nemesis unregistered

even Xperia M is better

13. hms2407

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 25, 2013

exactly

15. Samsomesh

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

I'm Rather waiting for galaxy core.. Price 15500 rupees.. Waiting for it's review..

16. hms2407

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 25, 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: 195; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

Galaxy s advance, galaxy ace 3, Xperia l, Xperia m, galaxy core, galaxy win.. I going to choose from these...

18. hms2407

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 25, 2013

xperia l is the best one

19. Samsomesh

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

What will be the price ace 3.. And Xperia M.. expected it to be below 15000 Rupees..

20. susanjohn

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 07, 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.
Galaxy Ace 3
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Broadcom BCM21664, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1800 mAh(8h 3G talk time)

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