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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