So we’ve looked the web and apps performance, the general Android 2.2 user interface and the phone’s camera – now it’s time to tidy up a few loose ends and complete our review of the Samsung Galaxy Ace Android phone.
There are two messages to take away from this. We really like the telephone. And we need to make our reviews much shorter.
Anyway. More screenshots of the Galaxy Ace in action. That’s what the music player looks like. It’s not very exciting visually, but then that’s not really the point of MUSIC.
Video playback is sadly rather limited. The Galaxy Ace refused to play standard DivX AVI files, requiring everything to be in MP4 format. Which is a shame, as Samsung’s usually quite good at getting DivX Certification for its devices.
Standard Android photo gallery. Really doesn’t require two screenshots to show it off but we’ve sort of committed to putting two images in above every caption so we’d better keep it up.
Battery life was good. Better than our HTC Desire, which is our main frame of reference. Oh yes, and it also works as a telephone!
Definitely no Flash Player support. Needed to check that. Nice Notifications area.
We’ll stop now. We’re going to attempt to formalise the reviewing process, as our attempts thus far have always been a bit of a haphazard mess.
So here’s a summary, as found in proper reviews written by people who know what they’re doing:
The Galaxy Ace is a solid, slim phone, with reliable capacitive touch buttons and a responsive screen. The 5megapixel camera is good, it has a flash, plus it’s definitely the fastest phone we’ve yet encountered when it comes to reconnecting to wi-fi when you wake it up.
Samsung’s TouchWiz interface is only a minor visual tweak, with most Android functionality left as you’d find it in plain Android 2.2 phones. It’s a bit light on pre-loaded apps, but then we’d only complain it it was bogged down with stuff. Sadly it doesn’t support DivX movie files, which limits media performance.
The 800MHz processor does a good job of apps and web use, although we had a few weird visual glitches when using the actual web browser. We didn’t suffer any lock-ups of note, and it was generally swift in action.
A very nice phone for the money. A bigger screen than LG’s competing Optimus One, powerful enough to run everything we tried and with Android 2.2 out of the box. You could happily use this as your “main” phone and remain confident you’re getting the full Android experience. Apart from the lack of Flash Player support. That’s the only downer.
Thanks to Three UK for the loan of the phone. You can buy the thing from Three here if you suddenly feel like you want to. No pressure. You don’t have to make your mind up today.
If you have any questions, pop them up here or in Twitter or whatever and we’ll try to get back to you with a proper answer.