The Samsung Galaxy Ace is powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo), which we had no problems with whatsoever.
The UI was smooth and responsive and thanks to the Android Market Place, there is a whole load of different applications you can download.
The Galaxy Ace comes with an FM Tuner application, which will work once you plug in some headphones; a great feature that I’d like to see on more smartphones.
Again, the included applications such as YouTube and the Task Manager work very well, with the Task Manager featuring a “Clear Memory” option to free up some of the system RAM.
And as always, we have the Notifications menu that can be accessed by pulling down from the top of the screen. Here we can turn off various features such as Wi-Fi and GPS via the toggles located at the top.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Ace is a compact and very responsive device that has a whole range of features.
With the ability to pick up the Samsung Galaxy Ace for around the £180 mark, you’re receiving a great device in terms of cost, performance and build quality.
I experience no lag at all during normal day-to-day usage and even when I received lag, this was only because I was opening everything I could to try and slow the device down.
To be fair, if you’re not too bothered about having an extremely high quality camera, this phone is an absolute bargain and is definitely offers more than the price tag suggests.
- Fast and responsive UI
- Graphics quality is relatively good
- Compact and great build quality
- Attractive design
- 3.5-inch display challenges devices such as the iPhone 4 / 4S
- Great battery life
- Audio quality could be better
- Camera’s photo and video quality are not brilliant