Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Review: Minor LeagueBy cheatmaster 03:15 Sat, 14 Aug 2021 Comments
The Galaxy Ace 3 arrives as Samsung's latest entry into the popular affordable Ace lineup, and targets cost conscious buyers with a competitive Android version and variants which include a vanilla 3G version and either dual SIM support or LTE connectivity.
The Ace lineup was never a bottom-of-the-barrel affair, user have always enjoyed adequately-sized screens and powerful enough processors alongside timely software updates from Samsung to create it an excellent value offering long after the initial release.
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 official photos
This was the exact strategy that Samsung successfully employed with the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, which continues to be a very competitive Android package following its update to version 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The Ace 2 continues to be a reasonable entry level droid more than a year and a half after its release, and even made it to our November 2013 shopping guide.
Let's see what the Ace 3 brings to the table, and whether it has the potential to continue the Ace legacy set forth by its predecessors.
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE; dual/quad-band 3G with HSPA
- Quad-band LTE support (for LTE version)
- 4" 16M-color WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) capacitive touchscreen; 233ppi
- Android Operating System (OS) v4.2.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz UI
- Dual-core 1Giga Hertz (GHz) (3G) / 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) (LTE) Cortex-A9 CPU, VideoCore IV GPU; Broadcom BCM21664 chipset
- 1GB of RAM
- 5 MegaPixel (MP) autofocus capturing camera with Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash, 720p video recording @ 30fps, continuous autofocus
- 0.3 MegaPixel (MP) front-facing camera, Video Graphics Array (VGA) video recording
- Dual-band Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) b/g/n, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Direct
- GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
- 4GB (3G) / 8GB (LTE) of built-in storage
- microSD card slot
- microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) v2.0
- Bluetooth v4.0
- NFC (LTE model only)
- Stereo Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS
- Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
- Accelerometer and proximity sensor
- 1,500 (3G) / 1,800 (LTE) mAh battery; user replaceable
- Very minimal upgrades over predecessor
- Low internal storage
- Tired and exhausted design, no differentiation whatsoever
- No Air View, Air gestures or Multi-view
Whether the Galaxy Ace 3 can follow in the footsteps of its predecessor is a trick one to respond going by specs alone, seeing the incremental update in specs it represents - we have a bump in classy screen size and processor clock speed, and there's LTE connectivity if you acquire that specific version. We wish the Ace 3 came with the same price tag as the Ace 2, but that's not the case correct now.
For now, let's focus on what the Ace 3 brings along without comparisons to its forbearers. It provides a wide range of connectivity options, including the aforementioned LTE variant that brings quad-band 4G support.
In terms of design, the Ace 3 is very similar to the Ace 2, although Samsung has been able to trim the weight down slightly. Unfortunately, if you've had enough of Samsung's design language, the Galaxy Ace 3 will leave you with a bitter taste in your mouth - it will only serve you with more of the same - there's hardly much novelty to go around here.
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 from our studio
We'll start off our review with an in-depth hardware examination of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3, covering everything from control layout to classy screen quality. Join us on the next page.
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