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My girlfriend is on GiffGaff's £10 monthly tariff but wanted a new phone after I got my Galaxy S2. She didn't want a 24 month deal or to spend too much.

Looking around at 12 month contracts most require that you spend a large monthly amount or pay a large fee upfront. The £20 contract from Talktalk seemed the best a couple of months ago when it included a HTC Wildfire so I was hoping they now included the Wildfire S but got one better (IMO).

The Galaxy Ace is a decent speed Android experience with an 800Mhz Processor. This is a significant step up from the 600Mhz Wildfire S. Like the Wildfire S it has a half decent 320x480 screen resolution, 5MP Camera, etc.

The cheapest I can find the phone for PAYG is £200 and that is Sim locked to Orange. Talkmobile tend to send Sim unlocked ones which would add a further £20. If you get the £60 Quidco (I always seem to) then you are saving £20+ to get 12 months interest free credit and a usable tariff of the back of the Vodafone network.:

200 any net mins
1000 texts
1GB Data

Reviewed as 4* based on approx £300 PAYG less than 2 months ago here:
http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/mobile-phones/samsung-galaxy-ace-review-50002651/
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1 Like #1
hot!
#2
Also looks like an iPhone for people who like that sort of thing:
http://www.tuaw.com/2011/04/18/apple-suing-samsung-galaxy-too-similar-to-iphone-look-and-feel/
#3
i just wanted to add that the desire Z is using a underclocked second gen snapdragon SoC with adreno 205 GPU while the ace is running ARM 11 Qualcomm MSM7227 with adreno 200 GPU

the ace is running a slower chip but its still good enough
#4
The Galaxy Ace is close to a full speed Android experience with an 800Mhz Processor. This is the same as Desire Z rather than the 600Mhz Wildfire S

May be 800MHz but its not the same as Desire Z as its an ARM11 processor rather than a SnapDragon (A8 class). This means its will almost certainly be slower at the same clock speed (possibly upto 40-50% slower). Also its an v6 architecture processor vs the v7 in the SnapDragon - so this phone will never run flash.

Personal opinion ... unless you really see this as a (very) short term option I think Snapdragon/A8/A9 is the way to go now.
#5
voted hot! I've got the galaxy ace and i lurveee it!
#6
sibeer
Also looks like an iPhone for people who like that sort of thing:
http://www.tuaw.com/2011/04/18/apple-suing-samsung-galaxy-too-similar-to-iphone-look-and-feel/
Apple do love a good lawsuit! I stopped paying attention after they sued for the use of the name 'App Store' . Thats like a shop being sued for being called 'shop'....
#7
deshepherd
The Galaxy Ace is close to a full speed Android experience with an 800Mhz Processor. This is the same as Desire Z rather than the 600Mhz Wildfire S

May be 800MHz but its not the same as Desire Z as its an ARM11 processor rather than a SnapDragon (A8 class). This means its will almost certainly be slower at the same clock speed (possibly upto 40-50% slower). Also its an v6 architecture processor vs the v7 in the SnapDragon - so this phone will never run flash.

Personal opinion ... unless you really see this as a (very) short term option I think Snapdragon/A8/A9 is the way to go now.


Will edit to suit. Unfortunately you just can't find a similar deal for even the older Snapdragons like the Desire and Galaxy S. As a 12 month solution costing £60 over what she would have spent on Giffgaff I still think it's hard to beat.
#8
This doesn't have the same processor as the Desire Z, it's just a 800Mhz version of the old 7227 (no flash, half the graphics power). It's well made but the spec is only worth around £120.

http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Samsung-Galaxy-Ace-Review_id2685/page/3

Pros
iPhone-like looks
Above average camera for stills
Hot-swappable microSD cards (up to 32GB)
Cons
Poor video recording
Below average calling quality
No Flash
No DivX/Xvid codec support out of the box
#9
lhassall
This doesn't have the same processor as the Desire Z, it's just a 800Mhz version of the old 7227 (no flash, half the graphics power). It's well made but the spec is only worth around £120.

http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Samsung-Galaxy-Ace-Review_id2685/page/3

Pros
iPhone-like looks
Above average camera for stills
Hot-swappable microSD cards (up to 32GB)
Cons
Poor video recording
Below average calling quality
No Flash
No DivX/Xvid codec support out of the box


Find me the £120 phone that matches this spec and I think you will have a very hot deal ;)
#10
sibeer
deshepherd
The Galaxy Ace is close to a full speed Android experience with an 800Mhz Processor. This is the same as Desire Z rather than the 600Mhz Wildfire S

May be 800MHz but its not the same as Desire Z as its an ARM11 processor rather than a SnapDragon (A8 class). This means its will almost certainly be slower at the same clock speed (possibly upto 40-50% slower). Also its an v6 architecture processor vs the v7 in the SnapDragon - so this phone will never run flash.

Personal opinion ... unless you really see this as a (very) short term option I think Snapdragon/A8/A9 is the way to go now.


Will edit to suit. Unfortunately you just can't find a similar deal for even the older Snapdragons like the Desire and Galaxy S. As a 12 month solution costing £60 over what she would have spent on Giffgaff I still think it's hard to beat.


The Galaxy S runs ARM's Cortex A8 1GHz processor Hummingbird not Snapdragon, anyway still a hot vote from me.
#11
Richief
The Galaxy S runs ARM's Cortex A8 1GHz processor Hummingbird not Snapdragon, anyway still a hot vote from me.


I had presumed that the Snapdragon was the weapon of choice for all the 1Ghz single core phones of that time period as it was in pretty much every decent HTC from the HD2 to the Desire S (in numerous slightly revised forms).

This is worse than the Pentium vs Athlon clock debate. Is a Hummingbird better or worse than a Snapdragon? What tests show a massive boost to the later generation Qualcomm over the previous gen clock for clock? How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?
#12
On a different note, it is worth mentioning that the Orange San Fran is still cutting it. The processor is identical to the Wildfire S and a 1/3 Over-clock away from the Ace.
#13
sibeer
Richief
The Galaxy S runs ARM's Cortex A8 1GHz processor Hummingbird not Snapdragon, anyway still a hot vote from me.


I had presumed that the Snapdragon was the weapon of choice for all the 1Ghz single core phones of that time period as it was in pretty much every decent HTC from the HD2 to the Desire S (in numerous slightly revised forms).

This is worse than the Pentium vs Athlon clock debate. Is a Hummingbird better or worse than a Snapdragon? What tests show a massive boost to the later generation Qualcomm over the previous gen clock for clock? How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?


I was being picky but the main difference between the two processors is the Galaxy is better at handling graphics, much better for games its suppose to be 3x faster with better frame rates. But in all honesty I doubt you would notice much difference for average phone use.
#14
sibeer
Find me the £120 phone that matches this spec and I think you will have a very hot deal ;)
The Inq Cloud Touch is £135 and the San Francisco is £100, so low hundreds is the right ball park for a 7227 powered phone.

The graphics core makes a huge difference in how a phone performs and Qualcomm's have been weak historically:

http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph4416/38184.png
#15
lhassall
sibeer
Find me the £120 phone that matches this spec and I think you will have a very hot deal ;)

The Inq Cloud Touch is £135 and the San Francisco is £100, so low hundreds is the right ball park for a 7227 powered phone.

The graphics core makes a huge difference in how a phone performs and Qualcomm's have been weak historically:

http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph4416/38184.png


That is a 3d graphics benchmark. For general use it makes little difference what the Open GL performance is. As to equivalent spec, both the alternatives you suggest are clocked a third lower for a start as well as being budget makes.
#16
sibeer
For general use it makes little difference what the Open GL performance is. As to equivalent spec, both the alternatives you suggest are clocked a third lower for a start as well as being budget makes.
As the owner of a HTC Desire (8250/Adreno200) I know it can struggle with scrolling/browsing/Flash despite being a 1GHz Snapdragon.

If you look at Smartbench 2011 Productivity scores, the difference between 800Mhz and 600Mhz is actually only 15% in real terms.

In a recent PCPro review the 7227-powered phones took around 4 times longer to load the BBC website than the Desire Z (7230/Adreno205), mirroring the benchmark above.

The LG Optimus One is a similar spec and has been available for £130 recently (£75 the other week from Carphone Warehouse).
#17
I exspected this deal to get much hotter than this as you pay about this price without the tariff and it also has a decent amount of quidco (if you get it).
I would have been tempted if I didnt already have the Galaxy s.

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