625 of 634 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good phone...poor battery (but it is salvageable!)
I bought this phone from Vodafone as a replacement for my absolutely woeful BlackBerry Torch 9800. I had previously had a HTC Desire Z and I knew I wanted to go back to an Android phone, due to the large selection of apps (unlike BlackBerry). If you want an inexpensive phone with a good camera, Android and a touchscreen, this is probably your best bet. I really like the...
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156 of 165 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good phone but problems
I chose this as my first smartphone because it is cheaper than the iphone but appeared to have similar functionality. The phone is very intuitive to use. It is light and looks smart. The screen quality is fine though the camera is pretty basic - I have found it difficult to get pictures that aren't blurred. The touchscreen is very responsive though the screen saver...
Published on 1 Aug 2011 by Mertlew
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625 of 634 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good phone...poor battery (but it is salvageable!),
This review is from: Samsung S5830i Galaxy Ace Onyx Black (Electronics)I bought this phone from Vodafone as a replacement for my absolutely woeful BlackBerry Torch 9800. I had previously had a HTC Desire Z and I knew I wanted to go back to an Android phone, due to the large selection of apps (unlike BlackBerry). If you want an inexpensive phone with a good camera, Android and a touchscreen, this is probably your best bet. I really like the phone, it is extremely user-friendly (the touchscreen text-messaging took me a while to become accustomed to, but altering the XT9 settings helped me massively). Samsung is a reliable brand, this is my fourth Samsung model and I've liked all of them. The screen is bright, clear and the widgets on the home screen are really handy (news, weather, Facebook, Twitter etc). However, as has been mentioned in previous reviews - things like this really sap the battery life, which isn't the best. However, there are a few neat little tricks to enhance your battery life.
1. Change your background to one with dark colours, the brightness will affect the length of your battery life.
2. Only download apps you're actually going to use! It seems common sense, but when I actually looked at the apps I'd downloaded, I realised I wasn't using half of them and they were draining my battery life.
3. Go into settings>wireless and networks>mobile networks>use only 2G networks. If you're out and about i.e. at work or in a meeting, whereby you're not going to be using your internet for anything, TURN OFF 3G. It's an unnecessary battery drainer. You'll still be able to receive and send texts and calls, and apps such as Kik and Whatsapp will also still work (albeit at a slower rate if you wish to send pictures etc). Turn it on when you want to browse the internet, and if you can, set up your wi-fi at home. This uses significantly less battery than connecting via 3G.
4. settings>location and security>uncheck "use wireless networks" and "use GPS satellites". All this does is finds your location when you wish to check yourself in on Twitter/Facebook or use your map apps. When you try to check yourself in or use Maps, your phone will automatically pop up saying "you need to turn on your GPS to do this" and you can click the link which will open your settings to allow you to do so, rather than leaving them running in the background constantly. MASSIVE battery drainer.
5. Most importantly, settings>Accounts and sync>uncheck "background data". If this box is checked, your phone constantly searches the internet for updates to your apps, (which you can do yourself manually in the Play Store). When you click on the Play Store link, it will pop up "turn on background data to enable browsing", then you check the box. Once again, rather than leaving it running constantly - which also means you may exceed your mobile internet allowance if it's not unlimited - your battery will feel much better!
6. If you're like me, and check Facebook and Twitter periodically, log out when you're not using it. Having them running in the background drains battery considerably. I personally find it really annoying when I get notifications from them anyway, so logging out is no skin off my nose.
Now that I've made these changes, I regularly take photos, constantly use Kik Messenger, text, make calls, log in and out of Facebook and Twitter a few times a day, and just generally mess around on my apps like Angry Birds, PicsArt, Amazon Kindle, check emails on Gmail app and Hotmail app etc, and it's great. My battery now lasts around a day and a half to two days, which is ideal for a smartphone.
Hope this helps!
408 of 416 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Phone,
This review is from: Samsung S5830i Galaxy Ace Onyx Black (Electronics)I bought this phone from the Carphone Warehouse rather than from Amazon, and I think it's a great phone. My last phone worked on android and since I broke it, I wanted to get another android. The Ace is a good android phone, with most of the pre-loaded apps being rather useful and the camera on it is, in my opinion the best I've seen on a phone. It has options to change the focus mode and has a macro feature, great for taking pictures of objects close-up. The camera also has a feature allowing you to take panoramic shots, continuous shots and a smile shot feature, which recognises a smile and takes the picture when it detects one. It really is like a digital camera all packed into a sleek, good-looking and light phone.
The music player is rather good and reaches a decent volume. There is also an FM Radio which I think is a nice addition and I've used it a few times. If the pre-installed apps aren't for you then there is an endless array of apps buyable and free from the app market which you can get onto from your phone.
The text messages are set up as a thread rather than individual messages, much like the message set-up on an iPhone. I myself find this very useful, though there is no option to re-send failed messages, so re-typing a failed message is rather annoying, especially if it's a long one, though this is only a small inconvenience. Initially when the phone is new, the keyboard is set out in a QWERTY format, though this can be changed to a normal phone key pad (1=abc 2=def.. etc) in the message settings.
There are only a few drawbacks to this phone. One is that the phone occationally turns itself off, which can be rather irritating if you're waiting on a phone call or a text. This has happened a few times to me but it is only really a minor inconvenience and you just need to switch the phone back on again.
The other drawback is the horrendous battery life. Though this can be expected if you're running android apps and playing music/using the camera etc. Obviously using the android features on the phone uses more battery power than just the phone itself. If you buy this phone and use the apps on a daily basis, be prepared to charge the phone every night, or every other night if you aren't using the apps. This isn't really a major inconvenience in my eyes, though everyone is different. Overall, I think a short battery life can be expected on this type of phone.
Those are really the only bad things I can think of about this phone, and the positives majorly outweigh the negatives. If you're thinking about buying this phone, I would 100% say go for it. Great for someone who wants an iPhone without the expense. It even looks a little bit like an iPhone, and is just as good. It's a brilliant little phone, with a sleek, thin design, and it feels light. I was really happy with this phone, and would recommend it to anyone, as I'm sure they'd be really happy with it too.
232 of 237 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb little phone,
This review is from: Samsung S5830i Galaxy Ace Onyx Black (Electronics)This phone delivers a great user experience, especially if you use Google services (i.e. search, Gmail, G+ , Picasa Google Talk etc). Granted this is not unique to the Samsung phone but rather generic features of android phones.
In terms of the handset itself the screen is excellent , although not as good as an Iphone's (to be expected at the lower price point). Battery life is a little disappointing but that is really nitpicking at what is otherwise a fine piece of equipment.
It sits nicely in the hand, is very light and the form factor is just right for carrying around with you all the time. It uses a standard micro-usb port to charge up which is a plus.
Accepts SD cards - I moved the SD card from my old Nokia Symbian phone over to the Ace , and was pleased to see that it automatically found all my music, video and photo files.
Works extremely well as a phone , unlike some other smartphones. Voice clarity is great and the phone dials quickly without delays.
Overall the user experience is very good - no noticeable lag during day to day use.
94 of 97 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars terrific smartphone,
This review is from: Samsung S5830i Galaxy Ace Onyx Black (Electronics)i've just bought this phone as my first smartphone. i had a budget nokia beforehand and got sick of it. i wouldnt describe myself as knowledgeable with smartphones and their gadgets, although i did a fair amount of research to get this one. the close second was the HTC wildfire S. i didnt want a handset too large and the Ace is just about palm size meaning you can hold it in one hand and navigate the screen with your thumb. its practically the same size as an iPhone but significantly smaller than the HTC Desire and Galaxy i9000 S. the layout is intuitive and its just as well as the packaging doesnt include a detailed manual (although one is svailable from the Samsung website) the screen resolution isn't great and wallpaper tends to not come out very well. screen size is 3.5 inch, larger than the wildfire. there's tonnes of Android apps to install, some useful, some not so, and many are free. the phone speed is fairly good (its 800 MHz, again a marginally quicker processor than the wildfire) but you'll notice the baterry life drains pretty quick. i believe this is fairly common to smartphones as there is so much going on on the phone for the baterry to support. on the samsung, you can turn off wi-fi, blue tooth etc to save battery life. also recommended is reducing screen brightness.
in the end, i'm very happy with the phone. for the price, it's one of the best entry/mid level smartphones on the market.
113 of 117 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great phone,
This review is from: Samsung S5830i Galaxy Ace Onyx Black (Electronics)As a 50 something, I thought it was time I joined the smart phone revolution and after looking at many brands and models, I settled on the Samsung Galaxy Ace. Why this one (1)size - still small enough to fit confortably in my trouser pockets, yet with a good size screen, (2) weight/build - some of the others just felt so flimsy, (3)I have a hearing loss and many phones didn't have a high enough volume for me, I can hear on the Ace perfectly even in a noisy environment, (4)touch screen is very reactive and easy to use, (5) loads of apps, though I had to ask friends for recommendations as I was in sensory overload with the quantity available. I really love Google Street View, it will be brilliant when I next go on holiday, finding my way round new places. Also like Kindle app and screen is not too small for reading, (6) Texting is so simple and I am getting used to swype, (7) camera and video are very good, (8) have loaded some music from my I-Tunes folder, though the album covers disappeared; sound qaulity is very good. Negative points - battery runs out quickly if using the internet and some apps; phone has turned itself of a couple of times for no apparent reason. Would recommend this phone and already having a look at it's big brother the samsung Galaxy S for when my contract runs out.
156 of 165 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good phone but problems,
This review is from: Samsung S5830i Galaxy Ace Onyx Black (Electronics)I chose this as my first smartphone because it is cheaper than the iphone but appeared to have similar functionality. The phone is very intuitive to use. It is light and looks smart. The screen quality is fine though the camera is pretty basic - I have found it difficult to get pictures that aren't blurred. The touchscreen is very responsive though the screen saver comes on very quickly if the phone is inactive which is frustrating. You can adjust the time out but not by much. I have found the wi-fi to be really good - it connects immediately. The phone comes with lots of apps and functions and I would overall be very happy with the phone if it weren't for the fact that it turns itself off randomly.
I am actually using my second handset after returning the first because it was switching itself off so much (several times a day). I either had to hold the on button down for a long time or take the battery out to turn it on again. The replacement phone that I have still does this occasionally. Someone I know has also experienced the same problem with the Galaxy Ace so this is clearly a defect and one that is extremely annoying and not acceptable in my opinion given that the phone, although cheaper than others on the market, is still on the higher end of what I would pay. For this reason, I would be wary of recommending it.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good phone,
This review is from: Samsung S5830i Galaxy Ace Onyx Black (Electronics)I've had 2 previous Samsung phones and really rate them. Having decided to take the plunge and upgrade from 2G to 3G Samsung seemed an obvious choice for me, but which model? Looking through all the options (and I also looked at other, non-Samsung products) I decided on the Galaxy Ace, mainly because it seemed to offer a good range of functions at a reasonable price. I have not been disappointed. Its touchscreen is highly responsive (sometimes almost too much so!) and it offers so many choices. The text function is available in keyboard or Qwerty, both are so easy to use and scrolling through the alpha/numeric/symbols couldn't be easier. There is the option to switch to Swype input, and both can be used in Portrait or Landscape view just by turning the phone round. Texts appear in conversation streams (almost like IM's) rather than as separate items which I really like.
The camera pushes an impressive 5mp and gives clear and sharp images. Explore the camera and you'll find an array of shooting functions which are comparable to many "point-and-shoot" digital cameras on the market.
Having had this phone for only a week I've not yet explored the music player too much but so far it seems the sound is really good.
Phone calling couldn't be simpler, and the speakers deliver clear sound with the option to increase volume very simply and without the need to move the phone away from the ear.
The Contacts List is easily managed and syncing to Facebook, Twitter etc is simple to do.
And now the down-side...
There is no separate ringtone facility for incoming text messages, they're lumped in with all other "Notifications", this means there is no way of identifying incoming texts from, say "Phone fully charged" info. Also, it means you can't allocate separate text alert sounds/tunes to different contacts. Annoying!
Unlike previous Samsungs I have had, there appears to be no facility on the Galaxy Ace to save sent/received text messages into a "My Folders" facility. I find this particularly frustrating.
On the Applications pages, it is possible to organise your Apps icons by selecting "Edit" from the menu and moving them into place. Theoretically. I have found that although the icons move quite happily within the page, moving them from one page to another is not so easy, it seems to be quite random as to whether they will move over or not. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. And annoyingly, after you've spent ages reorganising them, you recharge the battery and when you look at the Apps pages again, the icons have re-arranged themselves into different positions, the little rascals!!!
Finally, I have found that the camera is slightly generous in its exposure values but this is easily corrected by using its inbuilt Exposure Compensation function.
Most of these though are more minor niggles than real faults, and hopefully Samsung will be able to make some Update adjustments to fix them.
Overall a really good product and well worth the price. I have no regrets about buying it, and (whilst mentioning the above niggles) would recommend it to anyone.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great all rounder,
This review is from: Samsung S5830i Galaxy Ace Onyx Black (Electronics)Previous mobile - small Samsung, 'bog standard' slide. Had this phone for 2 weeks now.
The Great and Good: The screen is lovely and sharp, responsive to touch- even lightly. Texting is very good, swyping is particularly fun! Build quality is very good. Good selection of Apps and easy to download. Camera quality is good. Standard 3.5mm jack for headphones for listening to music, videos etc. Battery life is about 2 days with sporadic use, good by some smartphone standards but still poor in my eyes. Could put many more positives but don't want to go on! In short the bits below are the only things I dislike...
The Bad and Ugly: The processor speed is sometimes noticeably slow, for example when playing angry birds it can be choppy and not very responsive. Doesn't come with built in alarm but easy to get an app for one. The central 'home' button feels cheap compared to the rest of the phone and is often unresponsive when pressed, it sometimes takes a number of presses for it to work. I would have preferred physical buttons for the 'back' and 'menu' either side of the home button but they work well and is something to get use to. Camera has a poor shutter lag, about 2 seconds. Kies, the PC software used for uploading and downloading pics, music etc and most importantly updating phone firmware, it slow and full of bugs. Very frustrating, it took me multiple goes and 3 days to finally update my phones firmware. Just type kies into google with 'problems' and just see how many forums there are!
Overall: This is a cracking phone for people who know their technology and looking to enter the smartphone world but not wanting the cheapest (buy cheap, buy twice eh?). It may not have the tech of Galaxy S/2 but your paying far less. For sending texts, making calls and some general surfing of the web its brilliant; I'd definitely recommend one and very glad I bought one.
55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good alternative to Apple I-phone in my opinion,
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This review is from: Samsung S5830i Galaxy Ace Onyx Black (Electronics)Many years with simple Nokia phones behind me, I decided it was time to go for a smartphone. I wanted to phone, text, and have a camera which were on the old phones, but also I envied friends getting the internet while mobile, being able to read mail, talk with Yahoo, and play games.
I waited for the release of the iphone 5... well, you would wouldnt you? Just in case I would regret not going for an Apple iphone. When I saw that the iphone 5 was actually an iphone 4 and a half, I decided that I would look for a good alternative, and I think I found it with the Samsung galaxy Ace.
I did a lot of reading, and looked at many youtube videos of the various phones available and went for the combination of features and price.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace is good value for the price - actually I think it is better than good. It looks very like an iphone, and the only real difference that I can see (my son has an iphone 4) is the quality of the screen resolution. Yes the Apple is much sharper, but never having had it, I am happy with the resolution on the Samsung.. I havent been spoilt so it makes little difference to me. I can see everything I need to see. Reading text on the screen is fine, and the graphics on the few games I have downloaded is fine for a little screen.
The phone is light, but well built, the buttons are easy to use, the ports for the charger, earphone, smart card are solid and secure-feeling.. no wobbly connections, all firm and easy to use. The speaker quality is ok.. nothing sensational but better than I expected on a gadget this size. With Headphones it is very good quality sound. (headphone and microphone supplied)
It comes with a scandisk data card to transfer stuff from my pc like pictures, music and talking books. The usb cable (supplied) will also charge it, so I can charge from my pc while downloading. Also supplied is a charger for a regular power socket, so I keep that one by my bed.
Now we come to batttery life... this is very short. I dont know how it compares with the Apple phones, but at first I was recharging twice a day (because I was playing with the new toy a lot). The battery life is the reason I only awarded 4 stars and not five. It seems VERY hungry. I got an app that helps to run the phone at its best to prolong life.. would advise you to do that. I also bought two spare batteries, so I can have one charged battery with me, one recharging and one in the phone. The battery is easy to change. I can also charge it in my car. If you leave the phone switched on it will drain so I tend to switch it off when not using it. It takes a minute or two to switch on and load from a complete shutdown, so if you want instant access this might be a problem.
However... this is the ONLY problem for me with this phone and I have found ways around to deal with it. I have no regrets about buying the phone. I have found apps that give me voice advantage from the Siri system in the iphone 4S, so I think I have a great phone, almost as good as Apple, for a good deal less than half the price.
PLUS.. one more big plus.. I am not tied to itunes, and can put all my music into the phone without hassle straight from my PC....
I can think of lots of ways I can enjoy the £300 more I would have spent on an iphone. Great :)
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Abysmal,
This review is from: Samsung S5830i Galaxy Ace Onyx Black (Electronics)I was recommended this phone by a friend for which it works brilliantly. However I have had nothing but trouble with it.
I am on my second handset which has now been sent off again to undoubtedly have "nothing" wrong with it when I get it back.
To list off my pet hates with it:
1) It has no memory.
If you don't like apps then this is fine. I however want to be able to download more than just 2.
2) It retarts randomly.
It really takes nothing for it to give up and restart itself, if I scroll down just a little too quickly, it refuses to work.
3) It loses signal.
This is the worst bit about it, for some reason it drops all signal and data and requires a battery pull to get it back every time. Not a great thing to realise this and be met with several missed calls and texts when it finally comes back.
4) Not compatible with TalkMobile.
Really wish they might have mentioned this when I took out the contract, that the network and the phones software do not agree with one another, would have saved me a lot of issues! Not sure if this applies to Vodafone too, as TalkMobile runs on their signal.
5) Horrific battery life.
Unless you do not use the phone, it needs charging all the time.
If any of the above seem appealing I'd go ahead and buy it but otherwise steer clear, I am definitely buying a new phone and taking a hammer to this one once it's returned!
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