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Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830 Hands-On Review

We at Sizlopedia recently received the Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830, which is Samsung’s entree level Android device. A small, yet stylish and powerful Android smartphone that does not cease to amaze at many levels. Here’s the Ace at a glance: This device has a 800 MHz ARM 11 processor coupled with 278 MB of RAM. A 3.5 capacitive touchscreen running Samsung’s Touchwiz UI 3.0 on top of Android 2.2 Froyo. Neatly packaged into the device is a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash. Support for microSD card up to 32GB is also included. Full review in detail, after the jump.

Samsung Galaxy Ace

Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830 Full Specifications:

  • Processor: 800 MHz ARM 11 processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset
  • Memory: 278MB RAM, 158MB internal memory and microSD slot upgradeable to 32GB, 2GB card included
  • Camera: 5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, no front camera for video calling
  • OS: Android 2.2.1 Froyo with Samsung TouchWiz 3.0 UI
  • Display: 3.5″ TFT screen with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels
  • Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, microUSB, 3G
  • Battery: Li-Ion 1350 mAh
  • Video: QVGA video recording at 15fps
  • Colors: Samsung Galaxy Ace is available in white and black colors.

Samsung Galaxy Ace

Samsung Galaxy Ace In Terms Of Design:

The first time when you hold the Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830 in your hands, believe me you will be surprised. The phone feels good, it actually feels pretty good when you get your hands on it. The Ace actually feels quite solid in the hand. It feels like a real solid phone and not something made out of cheap plastic, however bear in mind that the back cover of the Ace is a smudge magnet. Take it right out of the box and 5 minutes later see a plethora of your fingerprints on the back cover. The Samsung Galaxy Ace is quite easy to hold in the hand and it sits on your palm perfectly, hence if things tend to slip from between your fingers, i’m quite sure the Samsung Galaxy Ace wouldn’t require much holding on to.

Samsung Galaxy Ace

From the back, the Samsung Galaxy Ace is flat and the build quality is impressive. On the back, there’s nothing else except the camera, LED flash, speaker and the Samsung logo.

The left side of the device has the volume rockers, and the right side has the Power button and microSD slot. Bear in mind that there is no dedicated camera shutter button on either side of the device, and the Galaxy Ace loses some serious points for this. Those who have a habit of pointing their cellphone cameras towards them and taking pictures will in no way be pleased with the Galaxy Ace. The top houses the 3.5 mm headset jack and the microUSB port with a sliding cover.

One thing that is noticeable here, is the striking resemblance of Galaxy Ace with the iPhone 4. The Ace has the same 3.5″ screen and a similar silver bezel running around the device. The iconic Home button is accompanied by two capacitive buttons on the Ace, which add an element of difference between these two smartphones. Also, lets not forget that the Galaxy Ace does not have the all metal feel, of the iPhone 4.

Samsung Galaxy Ace In Terms Of Display:

The Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830 comes equipped with a Gorilla Glass 3.5-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors and 320×480-pixel resolution. The screen is made of strong Gorilla Glass and supports multitouch gestures. Even though the screen is LCD and not at par with AMOLED screens that Samsung offers in its high-end Android devices, it is still pretty good. The first thing you’ll notice about the display on the Galaxy Ace is that it is extremely responsive to your touch and that it feels good. Photos and videos look really nice on the display, and even games on this display don’t seem half bad. However, if you’re surfing a webpage with small text, you’ll need to do some serious zooming in before that text becomes legible. Even under direct sunlight, the display holds out pretty remarkably.

For the sake of comparison, here is the Galaxy Ace in the midst of a fourth generation iPod touch with Retina Display and a BlackBerry Bold 9700 with a TFT screen. Both of these devices are about the same price as the Ace, and as you can see, the display on the Galaxy Ace can compete with them rather easily. Same level of brightness was set across each device. Rest assured, you will not be disappointed with the display on the Samsung Galaxy Ace.

Samsung Galaxy Ace In Terms Of Camera:

The Samsung Galaxy Ace touts a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash. A camera of that sort is a norm in most of the smartphones out there on the market, so what sets the Galaxy Ace apart?

Well, if its not the non-existent dedicated shutter button that is setting the camera on the Ace apart, it has to be the overall performance of the camera. I, for one, loved the fact that you can chose and select various preset scenes, whereas you can also manually adjust metering modes, focus modes, exposure etc. All of the functions of the camera work perfectly, and the flash helps a lot while taking photos at night. Embedded below are few shots taken with the Galaxy Ace. Click on the image for full resolution photo.

Samsung Galaxy Ace In Terms Of Speed:

The Samsung Galaxy Ace has a 800 MHz ARM 11 processor running alongside 278MB of RAM. Yes, the Ace is relatively underpowered as compared to the other Android running devices Samsung has put out in the market, but that doesn’t mean the Ace is not good in terms of speed. Native as well as downloaded apps run without any noticeable glitches or lags.

However, I wouldn’t say that the Ace is a smartphone meant for gaming. It runs games, but not quite exactly up to the mark you would prefer. During the time I played around with the device, testing multiple apps and games, I didn’t find the gaming environment that appealing. Bear in mind, however, that the Galaxy Ace is responsive and won’t crash on you when you have too many apps running. The best thing to do would be to kill those apps running in the background which you no longer need. Hence allowing you to capitalize on more RAM.

Samsung Galaxy Ace In Terms Of Battery Life:

The Samsung Galaxy Ace has a 1350 mAh Li-Ion battery that holds up surprisingly well. The reason behind this might probably the relatively small and basic screen on the device. The review unit managed to go through two days of constant use, with Wi-Fi and GPS turned on. Needless to say, the battery on the Galaxy Ace is definitely awesome. Standby time is nearly 640 hours on 2G and 420 hours on 3G. The battery can provide an estimated talk time of 11 hours on 2G and 6 1/2 hours on 3G.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Conclusion:

For as long as I had my hands on the Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830 I couldn’t really deny saying the fact that this device is amazing at the cost it comes for. You’ve got the Android experience coupled with reasonably powerful hardware at an attractive price. What’s there to not like? Though the striking resemblance to the iPhone 4 might put off some diehard Apple fans.

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  • Yummy Hits April 24, 2011, 8:13 pm

    bravo man very good analysis

  • Pakistani music April 25, 2011, 2:13 pm

    I think its working even more good with by tablet right now.

  • research paper April 26, 2011, 5:49 pm

    Interesting info. Thanks for post.

  • App Developers May 21, 2011, 6:04 pm

    This is the best review I have ever seen! The images are great! Really helps to let us see the features.

  • Jane June 13, 2011, 8:54 am

    how to screen shot?

    • HERBCYCLOPEDIA January 1, 2012, 3:27 pm

      Jane, the screenshots in the PC are done via printscreen key and then CTRL+V.

  • Yvan Perez September 5, 2011, 5:02 pm


  • HERBCYCLOPEDIA January 1, 2012, 3:24 pm

    Compared with the Iphone is a glossy bulky piece of hardware.

  • michel haber December 7, 2012, 1:37 pm

    how mush the price ??
    is it exist in lebanon ??

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