Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 is a budget smartphone that neither disappoints nor impresses. It comes with an 800 MHz CPU, a 3.5-inch screen, and more or less all the features you’d expect from a device in this price range. While its name may be a little far-fetched, Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 is not a bad device at the end of the day.
With Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 nothing stands out in particular when it comes to design. Despite the satiny front and the textured back, which look rather attractive, one still gets the impression that the case is made of light plastic. If you’re used to other Samsung smartphone models, you won’t feel much of a difference, but if you have owned say a HTC, then you’ll be a bit disappointed. Still, Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 looks and feels all right for its price.
The top edge hosts both the headphone and microUSB sockets, while on the side you’ll find a microSD slot; all these slots are covered. Samsung Galaxy Ace comes with a 2 GB microSD card, which is a nice addition because the 158 MB built-in storage is simply not enough. Memory is expandable upto 32 GB
Hardware & Software
Samsung Galaxy Ace has a 3.5-inch screen that, with its unimpressive 320×480 resolution, leaves much to be desired. The pixel density, also, is rather poor: at 164ppi it’s only half as much as that of the iPhone. The screen is by no means bad for a budget smartphone, but it clearly shows its limitations when you look at pictures or video – colors are just not as vivid as they should be.The rear-facing 5-megapixel camera is much better, being capable of taking fairly good pictures.
Samsung Galaxy Ace runs Android 2.2 and it does it rather well, despite the 800 MHz CPU (many smartphones launched now have a dual-core 1 GHz processor). However, it should be pointed that the majority of budget smartphones currently on the market come with a 600 MHz processor. Samsung Galaxy Ace gets a thumbs up here.
Web browsing is generally smooth, pages tending to load quickly. Flash is not supported, meaning that online videos don’t work, but this is not that bad. After all, most budget smartphones who support Flash are poor when it comes to playing videos or running Flash games, for the simple fact that their 600 MHz or even 800 MHz processors cannot handle it.
Samsung Galaxy Ace is not going to revolutionize the budget smartphone market, but all in all it’s a nice device. It has a powerful processor for its price, runs Android 2.2 surprisingly well, has a good snapper for pictures, and boasts a design that although not perfect, won’t make the owner feel embarrassed in any company. On the other hand, the screen could have been better: if you want a smartphone that can display beautiful video then you’d better look for something else.