The Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 is a great mobile phone for the minimalist searching for a dual purpose tool, yet not quite ready for the higher end and higher priced Smartphones. The compact size and smooth edges are a easy to hold in your hand and control. The demure 3.5-inch HVGA screen with an 800MHz CPU, Android 2.2 operating system and 3G connectivity offers all the essentials. To compare it side by side with its hipper and pricier big brother, the Galaxy S II, isn’t really fair, but for the price you get a credible working tool. The processor ensures speed, while the dual-band connectivity ensures that you won’t be left without coverage. Despite its compact design, this phone has a decent sized screen and really good resolution making it perfect for gaming or other graphic-based media.
When you hold the Galaxy Ace in the palm of your hand you are going to notice a bumpy texture on the back of the case. While some people find this kind of cheesy, you do have a better grip on the phone and it is less likely to slip out of your hand. Also, the phone isn’t as likely to attract all your fingerprints leaving to you feel a need to polish it up. It is a lightweight and compact phone at less than 4 ounces and 4.6-inches long by 2.3 inches wide and .4 inches thin. You probably aren’t going to “wow” the crowd with the Ace S5830′s 3.5 inch LCD screen, but remember this is a budget phone. The screen resolution is 320 x 480 pixel giving you reasonably sharp images This phone comes in either black or white.
When it comes to usability, quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G promises good coverage, and its 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 278 MB RAM offer fast downloads. Connectivity wise, the Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 Ace offers similar utility to the higher-end Smart phones. There is a microUSB port and headphone sockets on the top edge. There is a microSD slot on the side that can handle 32 GB SanDisk card. Both the USB and microSD compartments are covered so dirt and crud can’t find it’s way in. The phone has 2 GB of on-board storage. The Ace S5830 is equipped with a 5.2 megapixel camera that creates sharp pictures at 2592×1944 pixel resolution. The camera also has auto focus and an LED flash which is great for indoor or nighttime photography.
Probably the greatest weakness of the Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 is the video recording capabilities. Users wishing to record video will be disappointed with the QVGA at 15 fps. There isn’t a rear-facing camera which limits its use as a video conferencing tool. The phone does not support Adobe Flash nor does it come equipped with an ambient light sensor. This means a greater draw on the battery when compared to Smartphones that include such sensors.
- Great entry-level Smartphone
- OS:Android OS, v2.2, upgradable to v2.3
- Storage: 2 GB internal memory; 32 GB with a SanDisk
- Camera: 5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
- Touchscreen: 320 x 480 pixels, 3.5 inches (~165 ppi pixel density)
- FM radio with RDS
- Battery: Standby-420 hours on the 3G network; Talk-Up to 6 h 30 min on the 3G network
- No rear-facing camera; limited use as a video conferencing tool
- No Flash applications which means you can’t use Adobe apps
Overall, you’ll find this a great value if you aren’t looking to do a lot of video recording or video conferencing. It offers relatively fast processing speeds, and a quality camera that makes the Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 a great buy for the minimalist or entry-level user.