Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus review
|Review: April 2012|
In a nutshell: The Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus is an upgraded version of the number-one selling mid-range smartphone. With a good sized screen, a fast processor, plenty of memory, fast internet and Google Maps, it takes a lot of beating. If only the battery life were better it would be perfect.
The Galaxy Ace Plus GT-S7500 is an upgraded version of the hugely popular Galaxy Ace Android smartphone. Like the original, the Ace Plus is a mid-range smartphone, but with an improved specification, which greatly improves the overall user experience. Evolutionary rather than revolutionary, the Ace Plus brings a host of improvements to a top-selling product, and that can only be a good thing.
The key improvements are:
- Slightly larger display (3.65 inches instead of 3.5 inches)
- Faster processor (1GHz instead of 800MHz)
- More internal memory (3GB instead of 158MB)
- VGA video camera
- Bluetooth version 3.0
These are all welcome improvements. Together, they make the GT-S7500 a well-specified smartphone for its price range. In particular, the big increase in memory to 3GB (of which 2.7GB is available to the user) and the faster processor should make the phone run a lot smoother and help to avoid the problems of freezing and crashing apps associated with the original Ace.
Having said that, the battery life of the Ace Plus is no better than the original, and the phone is slightly larger too. The Ace Plus runs Android Gingerbread 2.3 rather than the latest Ice Cream Sandwich, but given the mid-range hardware that's understandable.
The Ace Plus may not be attracting as much attention as some of its expensive cousins, but as a mid-range offering, it seems like a solid bet. To compete with the best offerings in this highly competitive mid-range, it would need a higher resolution screen, a faster processor and a bigger battery. Check out the Samsung Galaxy W, HTC One V and Google Nexus S as alternatives.
Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus features include:
- 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash and 3x digital zoom
- Video recording (640 x 480 pixels)
- Display: TFT, 16 million colours, 320 x 480 pixels (3.65 inches) touchscreen with auto-rotate
- Music player
- FM radio RDS
- MP3 ringtones / 64-voice polyphonic ringtones
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, instant messaging, email
- GPS with Google Maps
- Personal organiser functions
- Memory: 2.7GB, 512MB RAM plus MicroSD memory card (up to 32GB supported)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack
- Internet: Layar Reality Browser, Android browser, GPRS, EDGE, 3G, HSDPA 7.2Mbps
- Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900), dual band 3G (900/2100)
- Size: 115 x 63 x 11.2 mm
- Weight: 114g
- Battery: 1300 mAh
- Talktime: 440 - 670 minutes
- Battery standby: 420 - 660 hours
Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus user reviews
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Average rating from 6 reviews:
Reviewed by Sue
on 17th Nov 2013
The worst mobile phone that I have ever purchased.
Screen blacks out whth in a fraction of a second
Phone cuts out and cuts of before I have a chance to speak.
Extremely tempremental when you have to rely on it for business. Sorry but totally unreliable
I have given it 1 star because you do not have a minus.
Reviewed by Heidi
from South Africa
on 15th Oct 2013
Very tempremental. Never could upload my previous contacts. Looses reception and internet connectivity often in places where others have no problem. All round, pretty but a pain. And no one has spares or a cover. Feel conned.
Reviewed by Honest John from Wales on 21st Dec 2012
I liked this phone right out of the box, and it does everything it says on the tin. I'm pleased I got it and will give it 5*
Reviewed by punjabimunda from kenya on 13th Oct 2012
I have had this phone for a month +... Its awesome... Value for money and then some.
Reviewed by Glen from Uk on 30th Jul 2012
Got this phone for work and it's great! Have an s3 for personal use not a patch on that but works fine for me! Nice size fast processor all in all above average
Reviewed by buuuuuuuu from Africa on 20th May 2012
Reply by momo from isledemuerte on 25th Jun
Mine crashed to much lol. I threw it through the window. And got HTC instead. Thats my story lol