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We have had this device for quite some time, and we are now ready to tell you how this device fares in the market.

Lets start with the usual suspects


The Galaxy Ace is possibly the best built Samsung Galaxy phone in India, till date. We feel, that the device is better built than the Galaxy S /Sl and all the lower end Galaxys put together (3,5, pop, etc). The back panel of the Galaxy Ace is the best texture we have seen on any device and the chrome metal side bezel squares off the phones looks with the likes of the iPhone 4. Solid and rigid, beautiful glass front and great styling.

In terms of Hardware the device features a whole bunch of interesting specs including a 320 x 480 pixels, 3.5 inches Capacitive touch screen which is very-very responsive. A snappy 800 MHz ARM 11 processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset which is quite capable of handling the phones processing and delivers good gaming and graphic performance. A 1350 mAh which despite its size fared out well.

The device is missing the standard Android search button like the FIT and the POP.

Quadrant Score : 595



Although 320 x 480 is no Retina display and is nowhere near high resolution, the display is simply stunning and the less pixel count is actually no problem, the text is clear and vivid the 16m color resolution does the display justice and in this price bracket, delivers a whole lot more than one can expect. The touch screen is also super smooth and performs excellently. Kinetic scrolling and pinch to zoom in and out, all of which are displayed in the video review, work great.

The sound quality from the loudspeaker is not as great as the sound volume. You can really blast the audio from the speaker.  The speakers are great if the volume is  moderately controlled.

The bass is well matched along with mids, but, start to clip at high volumes and you are left with a squeaking sound. This will also only happen on audio files which are tweaked to sound louder, regular music plays fine. Video quality is excellent, with a tiny bit of shuttering when the video clip loads, everything after that is as smooth as butter.

Video looks good and there is no denying the fact that every Android user will watch atleast a video per week on his phone, and you will love it on the Samsung Galaxy Ace.


The Device is missing a dedicated camera shutter button! Why Samsung? why is it so difficult?

The camera is a performance star, the auto focus is good and the light density on the sensor is excellent. Low light compositions are pretty decent, not as great as they could have been if Samsung had placed the flash a little further away from the camera, a surge of white crosses the camera , and the pictures come out faded when the led is on. When its offa low light compositions look passable. So either way the pictures are average in low light, Impressive in daylight / Apt lighting.

Video however is poor and HD video is missing from the whole circuit. 320×240 (QVGA) (20 fps) video is just as bad as the numbers look, and we are sorry to say you will not be making any videos with the camera. We also tried several other Camera apps from the Android marketplace, but to no avail video quality was poor throughout. we will soon have a sample video up.



The Samsung Galaxy Ace handles Cellular networks beautifully and with 3G connectivity we got good download speeds up to 2.5Mbps (network constrained) in prime areas of Delhi. No relative call drops , actually one in about 3 weeks of testing. The call quality was superb, a whole lot more than we expected this device to deliver. Earpiece and mic are well balanced and perform brilliantly.

Messaging is fast with the built in Swype Keyboard, If you don’t like it well you can download literally a dozen other keyboards from the marketplace and test them. Choose the one you like and keep it. The key factor however here lies in the touch sensitivity of the screen. The accuracy with which the device handles touch inputs is far superior than the likes of HTC wildfire and Dell XCD 35. But, those are last gen phones anyway. Keyboard performance is excellent mainly because of the touchscreen.

Battery life on the Galaxy Ace was also shocking, with tweaked performance the device gives about

  • 4 Hours Talk time 3G
  • 5.5 Hours on 2G
  • Audio Playback (screen off) 12 hours
  • Video Streaming – 2 hours
  • Video Playback (offline) 4 Hours
  • Internet Wifi/3G    4-5 Hours


With the market flooded with Android devices we are yet to see a device in the 15k bracket that will live up to our expectations. But, then again our expectations are ever increasing and the market always fails to deliver. The Samsung Galaxy Ace however comes pretty close, and then falls back. The lack of a simple dedicated camera button, no HD video, a missing dedicated search button are simple things that could have been included.

Price : INR 15, 499/-

In an ideal scenario this device would have all the above and a bit more juice.

[xrr rating=3.75/5 label=”We Rate it” imageset=shiny_yellow_star display_as=fraction_stars]


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  • Bieda

    How to install game(Gangstar west coast hustle). I had downloaded both apk and data. But the game was to be play an intro video before game starts. And that video has got 1:09 minutes of 15 mb. So whenever I played that video it says “video cannot be play”. That means it gots high revolution, so how to play it…..tell me pls.

  • Aftabkhanwarsi85

    sir which is the best phone you recommend  of a price range 12000 to 20000

  • Deepanshu

    Which one is better Samsung Galaxy Ace or HTC Wildfire S,….??
    I basically needs a mobile for apps, gaming and documents reading.. plz tell acc. to my needs which phone is better

  • Gurekam Singh

    ace ofcource … has got better screen and resolution , GPU too …and looks gr8 in hand .. and can be updated to same OS 2.3.4 as Y

  • Chetan Kumar007

    tell me???
     which PHONE  is good , “samsung galaxy Y or galaxy ACE”As Y  832 Mhz pro and ACE has 800 Mhz proY has better OS than ACE, And Now today Y costing around 6990 and ACE cost 13200. it really a big different in term of money, OS and PRO.SO, tell me still it be good choice to buy ACE which cost more than Y. or there will be more choices available in the the market for this range of prize..
    please suggest me what to to?? 


    • Gurekam Singh

      ace ofcource … has got better screen and resolution , GPU too …and looks gr8 in hand .. and can be updated to same OS 2.3.4 as Y 

  • Disoulva

    ups sory same think missing.
    according to you, which one I should have? samsung Ace or sony ericsson xperia ace minipro sk17i. gbu.  thank you for your consideration

  • Disoulva

    according to you, which one I should have? samsung or sony ericsson xperia ace minipro sk17i. gbu.

  • LOL

  • Bhushan88

     I am thinking of buying a samsung android phone and I have two choices Samsung Ace or Samsung galaxy s SL i9003. I wanted to ask few stuff about Samsung galaxy ace….there are few games available on internet that are HD so can they be installed on samsung galaxy ace and can be played without any trouble on galaxy ace….all other galaxy series phones are bit costlier than galaxy ace.  Please help me with this query as I really don’t understand what to do…if it is possible to instal and play HD games on galaxy ace then i will definitely buy Samsung galaxy Ace.

  • Mandy Mano95

    Hey im plannin for ace for tis diwali.can anyone who is having this phone can tell me about the battery life guys.pls reply soon as it nly a week for diwali giyzzz.pls load ur correct sugestions guyzz

  • Mdhiya

    I am confused between Xperia mini pro and Galaxy ace. Can anyone suggest me which mobile to buy?

    • Praveenahirwar

      if you intested in display size you can go with ace other wise size is not matters
      os 2.2 and 2.3 not huge diffrence

  • Gurumehar Singh Khanna

    hey can u just tell me which phone should i take between samsung galaxy ace and sony ericsson xperia mini pro SK17i…. and am a realy tough user of the phone and i do lots of messaging and use lots of internet but i dont use 3g, 2g is good for me, and i also doesent use wifi… please do reply soon…. thankx… :):)

  • Dabral Mohit

    i am about to buy a new phone.
    but i am confused between nokia c6-01 and samsung galaxy ace.
    can you please advice me which one is better.

    • Bhk2103

      Go For Galaxy Ace Its better Than Nokia C6-01 and Its is Android 
      +10000000 apps are present in Android Market Good Gaming experience.

  • Ksharath28

    that was a decent presentation….

  • Sumeetkandkur

    can some one jus tell me abt is battery life ??

  • denialcoupon

    I am using this mobile from 2 weeks. This mobile is rocking but i am facing a problem such as battery life and while speaking voice in reciver is not better like Nokia.

    best buy coupons

  • Snehakhandare

    the only prob is i cant click myslf on galaxy ace… 

  • ankit

    @9d8e0e660f75893f9a3652b124da5319:disqus  go for samsung galaxy ace,,,although it has 800 mhz of processor and no front camera…unlike wave 2 has 1 ghz of process and also front camera….but interface of galaxy ace is far more better than any other phone..u wud simply lov it…best phone in the market….for games, pictures, map, direction, places its just one device u need.

  • ankit

    @preet go for samsung galaxy ace u will get it close to 14k…and its the best phone in the market right now….amazing user interface and all features are the same of apple i phone,,,,

  • preet

    which mb is best “HTC wildfire “,”Galavy ace” or “Wave2” plzzzzzzzzzzzzz help me

    • Jivraj

      software(OS) wise wildfire s
      hardware wise wave 2 ,  ace
      If u dont care about the os then go for wave 2

  • Rishi Raj

    Can someone plz suggest me a middle path between this phone (galaxy ace) and wave ii??? I need the hardware specs of wave ii along with software and build quality of ace at a similar price….

    • rohan

      I will suggest you to buy  the samsung galaxy ace

  • Ynaveeny

    Do not buy the SAMSUNG  GALAXY-ACE MOBILE . It has poor voice quality.

    • Grahamflowers

      Hi Ynaveeny, so what’s wrong with the voice quality?? Can you give more details?? Thanx.

  • Michaeljmathew

    does samsung ace have GPS? how is Wifi perfomance,

  • H Shabnam

    My Samsung Ace heats too much even when not in use.Poor battery life.GPRS and EDGE speeds are pathetic.When we Zoom pictures it get blurred.Internal memory in 180 MB only.It restricts you to get satisfied with minimal software installation.Above all what really put us down in the customer care of Samsung.

    • Tvidyasagar2020

      hai…… iam going to purches this phone..what do u say…all r saying that the battery is very is real…how the cam

  • Thanks for your suggestions , so now my comparisons are between

    Galaxy Ace
    wildfire S

    the doubt i have is , whatever phone i buy , i am gonna use Creative EP
    630 earphones for music quality…as it has got nice music quality and
    innerbud earphones…

    OS of Galaxy Ace isAndroid OS, v2.2 (Froyo), upgradable to v2.3

    CPU is 800 MHz ARM 11 processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset

    Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1350 mAh

    OS of Wildfire S is

    Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)

    CPU is 600 MHz processor

    Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1230 mAh


    which should i choose better Processor or newer OS ..What do you think
    of ACE it has 800 Mhz ARM processor and it also can be upgraded to
    2.3(Gingerbread) , so better processor and new OS ….or anything

    Please tell which should i buy ???????????  plzz

  • Yousuf

    Hey iGyaan !!

    Guys u got an amazing website…Excellent reviews,,and a super awesome thing goin on there.
    Juz fell in love with your stuff.
    U can’t measure how much I liked that coz I am a Pakistani guy praising a website by my Indian Neighbours ;)
    Haha, so u get an idea.
    Keep up the good work. btw I searched reviews for this phone all over the internet…there were lot of other reviews but they were shit compared to your reviews. I am buyin this phone now.
    Thanks and Keep Rocking m/
    Cheers ;-)

  • I am thinking to buy Samsung Galaxy Ace. But, what are its rivals? Is there any better phone in this margin?

    • hyderabad geek

      Check out for Google nexus one, weekly deal for Rs15500 only on ebay.. why ace now !

  • Gun’s

    can it be upgraded to android 2.3 gingerbread?

    • Sunilratan1

      yes it can be..

  • hi..
    ummm.. im gonna buy the phn shortly.. bt cn anybdy plz telme about its keypad for texting.. i mean.. along with qwerty.. cn i hv phone keypad.. d one thats provided by lg optimus?

  • Harsimran Singh

    what is the display type of this phone ?? i mean somewhere its is mentioned that its tft and in ur video its mentioned that its super lcd…

  • Sam

    Hi iGyaan….

    I’m planning to buy this phone.. but confused regarding the battery. . in most of the review the low performance of the battery is mentioned, so i doubt!!! do i need to charge the battery daily, i don’t rarely make calls mostly i use my current hand set for browsing….

    please suggest on the battery performance.. thx.

  • rply to karo koi

  • can u tell me supportig video resolution of ace

  • Rocketyaar

    maybe you just need to have an optimistic look dude..
    an rs11,000 phone has nothing as compared to ace
    lets see what are the good points:
    -3.5 inch screen which is quite big equal to an iphone
    -slim design
    -this one has gorilla glass ,just doesn’t mentions it .go here:
    -a good resolution….320×480 unlike the other below rs15000 phones
    with a 240×320 pixels resolution.and no one has complained about pixelation…
    you should take a look at htc wildfire…which has every pixel visible to the naked eye..
    -possibly confirmed for the android 2.3 update
    -has homescreen feature similar to a rs22,000 htc desire
    -800 mhz is a good processor….seeing the other cheaper android phones only
    with 600mhz processor…aven the rs18,000 moto defy has a 800mhz processor

    i know there are some disadvantages:
    -low quality video recording
    -low quality screen

    but you have to admit that it all comes down to your buying capacity…
    If you want an android phone with features you have to shed some bucks…
    but if you want good features then go for symbian3 best will be nokia c6-01…
    it has astonishing features for the price of rs16500

    but an android will remain android….a Superior player
    if the budget is rs15000 then this is the only android phone…
    but if you can spend rs3000 more then i say you go for Moto Defy…
    its the best phone…..even ndtv included this in the nominations for the “smartphone of the year”

  • Surendher

    when u compared to lg optimus one,this one is pretty awesome…

  • Everblossoms

    good review sir, i like the phone n i’m going to buy it

  • LyricsMan

    sir can you also post the review for lg optimus one p500… and compare it with galaxy ace… coz i m pretty confused between the two.. the ace has 800 mhz processor (as compared to 600 mhz of p500) but it has a lower ram of 278 mb (with 149 used by the os.. while p500 has 512 mb ram)..

  • Poor review. How can you compare this with the great SGS and SGSL? Since when is the ability of an Android device determined by its physical appearance? This phone is nothing but pretty…plus it’s just an iPhone copy. The styling is completely unoriginal, and is sure to receive mocking comments from Apple fanboys. The hardware is a total waste of money! –
    ~ VERY low resolution screen.. pixelation is very noticable, especially in the browser.
    ~ 800 MhZ ARM 11 architecture?? this is a pathetic processor, which was outdated over a year ago.. it is simply an overclocked version of the LG Optimus One processor. Quadrant benchmarks prove that this processor is very bad… it receives a score around 550!
    ~ No Gorilla Glass – very prone to cracking/scratching
    ~ RAM = 256MB – with only 150 usable?? After a few months of normal usage, most users are going to experience some major lag issues.
    ~ Poor video recording… even SGSL has HD video
    ~ Battery is absolutely appalling… many users report the battery can drain within 2 hours if heavy downloading is taking place… now that’s just ridiculous!
    ~ Games are very laggy… not a gaming phone at all. The GPU is poor along with a poor processor and low memory…

    All this for 15,500 Rs? When the SGSL can be purchased for a mere 18,500?
    The only good this about this phone is the camera flash… even then, the Ace should be priced no more than 11,000 Rs.

    A total waste of money.

    • Raj

      Thanks Rick for this helpful review. Android 2.3 is on the way. What would you suggest now? I am also looking for Android device. Budget not more than 20k.

    • karan mishra

       dude 14k me isse better cell ho to lake dikha de

    • kindly suggest in this mid budget ,samsung galaxy ace or HTC wildfire S  is better

  • Abhimanyu

    Today I had brought this mobile it’s too u had shown full review on right time :-)

  • Sudarshanbodke1990

    Showing an error when am trying to view the video … can any 1 explain why?

  • Abhimanyu

    Nice review :-) This means Samsung ace is good phone.