Specs summary

Screen
3.5"

The Samsung Galaxy Ace's screen is 3.5 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
800MHz

There is a ARM 11 800 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.2 Froyo (Update Available: 2.3 Gingerbread) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
512 MB

Internal memory is 512 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1350mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1350 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 17.5 days standby time, 660 minutes (2G), 390 minutes (3G).



Ultimately, if multimedia isn’t important to you, then the Samsung Galaxy Ace offers the flexibility of Android effectively and in a clear and hassle-free package.

- Chris Hall , Pocket-lint 

Reviews (6.9/10 Avg. rating)


TelecomTiger

It has limitations of weak hardware

from TelecomTiger
The Samsung Galaxy Ace is a good phone in this price range. The 3.5 inch screen size is attractive, the 5 mega pixels camera works well, the battery life is amazing and the features embedded are rich and abundant. But there are few options that could have make it best in this segment like, front camera, Android gingerbread version, at least 512 MB RAM, HD video resolution, etc. overall we give this phone 3.5 star rating... Full review
Techsmart

No HD-ready video recording, grip-friendly, good snapper

from Techsmart

Samsung's Galaxy Ace is a well-rounded budget contender with its 800 MHz processor that allows it to manage daily OS tasks with ease, up-to-date Android 2.3.3 mobile OS, snazzy 5 MP snapper and grip-friendly dimensions. The R2999 pricetag of the Samsung Galaxy Ace comes in slightly higher than that of HTC's Wildfire S (R2888), but the Ace does offer more spec bang for your buck with its faster CPU and added screen real estate.

You have to pay R1000 over and above the price of the Galaxy Gio (R1999), but the Ace runs Android Gingerbread as standard, delivers a more premium look and fee... Full review

Expert Reviews

Smart design, colourful screen and decent camera

from Expert Reviews
The Ace's iPhone-like design is smart, it has a decent screen and camera and the operating system feels snappy. We found it for £20 per month with an unlimited data plan, and you can buy it SIM-free for just over £200, making it great value, as long as you don't plan on installing a lot of apps. However the Motorola DEFY has a larger screen and costs the same on contract, so remains our choice for a Budget Buy... Full review
Tracy and Matt

A midrange Android smartphone with plenty of high-end features

from Tracy and Matt

The Galaxy Ace could have easily been lost in the ever rising sea of Android smartphones. Even if it isn't a benchmark blazing superphone, it does have a lot going for it. The interface is snappy, and the phone itself is nice to hold. It may be made of plastic, but it doesn't feel like it's going to fall apart in your hands, and the overall size is just right for most peoples hands. The Ace can pull off nearly all of essential tricks that it's bigger brothers can, and do so convincingly. TouchWiz doesn't intrude on the vanilla Android feel, and the solid battery life ensures you can keep fe... Full review

TrustedReviews

Isn't as spectacular as the name suggests

from TrustedReviews
The Samsung Galaxy Ace isn't as spectacular as its name suggests but it is a competent budget smartphone. As ever, the Orange San Francisco makes for a compelling alternative thanks to its larger, higher resolution screen, but the Ace has a nicer design, faster processor and better camera... Full review
Pocket-lint

The Galaxy Ace doesn’t really offer up anything truly distinctive outside its good looks

from Pocket-lint

The Samsung Galaxy Ace doesn’t really step out of its remit as a budget smartphone. It has many rivals in this area: the INQ Cloud Touch offers a similar range of specs but with a stronger leaning towards Facebook, then there are the likes of the HTC Wildfire S or the Orange San Francisco, which find themselves delivering similar performance and all offering good value for money.

Ultimately, if multimedia isn’t important to you, then the Samsung Galaxy Ace offers the flexibility of Android effectively and in a clear and hassle-free package. But the Galaxy Ace doesn’t really offe... Full review

TechRadar

An attractive device with a decent Android overlay

from TechRadar
If you want to use this phone as your media hub, you're not in for much luck with the small memory and mid-range features.But for the price point it comes in at, The Galaxy Ace certainly does stack up against the competition - we're not sure if it can weather the forthcoming budget Android storm (and it will certainly fall against the rumoured iPhone Nano) but for an attractive device with a decent Android overlay, you won't be disappointed with the Samsung Galaxy Ace... Full review
Stuff

A nice looking Android smartie that that punches well above its weight

from Stuff
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Ace is strong mid-range Android smartphone that offers lot of bang for the bucks. If you grabbed the Ace on a £10-£20 a month contract, you would go home a very happy camper indeed... Full review
Digital Versus

A fast, handy mobile that stood up to the rigours of everyday use

from Digital Versus
The Galaxy Ace is a nice little smartphone for anybody who wants to give Android a go without breaking the bank. Apart from the camera, which did better than we'd expected, it's rather limited in multimedia features. But overall, this is a fast, handy mobile that stood up to the rigours of everyday use. It's probably best-suited to people who aren't absolutely addicted to their mobile, though... Full review
Cnet

Packed with fun features and looks much more expensive than it is

from Cnet
Thanks to its sleek, squarish looks, the Samsung Galaxy Ace feels better than its low cost suggests. Except for its lower-resolution screen, it could easily pass for the latest top of the line smart phone, and it has many of the same features. On the surface, it looks much like an iPhone 4, but underneath it has plenty of Android treats to rescue it from the realms of the also-rans... Full review

Savannah_22172
Actually for such a low price, this phone is amazing! Me and two others had iPhones (4g) and, due to company sevice and fees, we switched to Koodoo with the Galaxy Ace. Although not as high clarity as the iPhone, still pretty decent. The apps load instantly and there is alot of unique text imputs. The only thing I miss from the iPhone is the "clean and rounded" user-friendy steps, but then again this phone is pretty easy to navigate :)

Very dissapointing

This phone worked well for the first few weeks.... then the quality started to somewhat diminish. Problems: -randomly turned off and on 1-5 times a day -dropped calls constantly -had a very very hard time sending any sort of sms, picture message, etc. -glitchy For this price you can get other ph... More
This phone worked well for the first few weeks.... then the quality started to somewhat diminish. Problems: -randomly turned off and on 1-5 times a day -dropped calls constantly -had a very very hard time sending any sort of sms, picture message, etc. -glitchy For this price you can get other phones that may not carry fancy settings or features but will be stable and at least keep their promises. Sorry to say this hurt my love for Samsung and have switched to and HTC phone. If you are comfortable with a smartphone, however do not want to spend up to $700 on something that you sparsely or use only for a very limited amount of things, I would recommend this phone. For example: if you think you'll like a goof with a flip phone but don't want anything fancy or expensive. Less

You get what you pay for.

I had an LG Optimus One and the biggest problem was the back button failing probably due to having it in my pocket doing construction for a year. Everything else worked great. Got the Galaxy Ace and it's definitely a downgrade from the Optimus One. USB connection doesn't work very well, the screen... More
I had an LG Optimus One and the biggest problem was the back button failing probably due to having it in my pocket doing construction for a year. Everything else worked great. Got the Galaxy Ace and it's definitely a downgrade from the Optimus One. USB connection doesn't work very well, the screen brightness lowers when the battery is low and you need to reset it every time you use the phone (try doing that in the sun), speaker volume will not go to max in phone calls, possibly because battery is low, and last but not least, the battery doesn't last very long even when I followed instructions on charging properly the first time. Power button is on the top right side so holding the phone up I constantly accidentally touch the power button turning the screen, or the whole phone, OFF. I've had the phone 5 days and constantly find annoying quirks with this thing. I will be returning it before my grace period is over, for a new LG Optimus One even thought the screen is smaller. I tried the HTC One V the week before I had this one, and it was just as quirky and annoying, ie. turning itself off and back on every 30 seconds for about 20 hours. Less

Awesome phone for the price.

I have used this phone for 4 months. I have to admit I am a cheap Consumer and this phone fit into my budget. The speed of the phone may vary due to carriers. I bought it from Koodo and tried to update a custom firmware to correct the lag issues and "Force Closings". Basically I messed up my phone... More
I have used this phone for 4 months. I have to admit I am a cheap Consumer and this phone fit into my budget. The speed of the phone may vary due to carriers. I bought it from Koodo and tried to update a custom firmware to correct the lag issues and "Force Closings". Basically I messed up my phone for a 6 weeks. finally after installing 20 different firmwares I had to settle with a TELUS firmware. With the TELUS firmware the runs perfect and runs fast. I also had to unlock the phone. Which was quite easy and free. Ido have to charge the phone once a day though. I am very happy with this phone now. Mind you it will not compare to an Iphone 3 But honestly I only need to make a few phone calls and twitter and texting. Less

I got this phone in May and it is a great phone some glitches the battery isnt the greatest but for the price it is AMAZING. A down fall to it is that if you go on youtube or listen to music or search the web it sucks the battery down ALOT. My advice make sure your plan isnt a data plan because as I said battery sucks


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date May 2, 2011
Regions available Canada, United Kingdom
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
EDGE, HSDPA 7.2
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.2 Froyo (Update Available: 2.3 Gingerbread)

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Processor ARM 11 800 MHz
Internal Flash Memory
512 MB
RAM 384 MB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.69 W/kg
Body: 1.31 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1350 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
660 minutes (2G)
390 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 17.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.3 x 6.0 x 1.1 cm
(4.5 x 2.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 113 grams
(4 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 320 x 480 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 3.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Unknown
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, White balance
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters QVGA (320 x 240 pixels), 20 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, WMV, FLV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Google Latitude, Google Places, Google Search, YouTube, Android Market)
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung GT-S5830, Samsung S5830

4 GB microSD card included
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