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*PAY AS YOU GO* 3 Mobile - Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 - £199 Delivered @ 3 Mobile
*PAY AS YOU GO* 3 Mobile - Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 - £199 Delivered @ 3 Mobile

*PAY AS YOU GO* 3 Mobile - Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 - £199 Delivered @ 3 Mobile

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Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830
800MHz Application Processor
3.5”Capacitive touch screen
5 megapixel autofocus camera and LED flash
Portable Wi-Fi hotspot
Live wallpapers

Review here:
eurodroid.com/201…ce/ read the user review in the comments too. Appears to be a good solid phone from a well know manufacturer... There are other reviews too if you search.
Out come all the SF fans!

Ebay seller mobilez has confirmed they can unlock these for £13.99, but there may be somewhere cheaper if you search around. =)

Same phone is £229 on O2, and a lot more SIM free! (around £270 or more)

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Original Poster

Forgot to mention: Camera is supposed to be very good, as is the battery life (for a smartphone) ;-)

Another positive review: geeky-gadgets.com/sam…11/

Also comes with black and white back covers.

for me the problem is the low'ish res screen ( 320 x 480) for a £200 phone i would expect better

Think I'll wait for the new ZTE Skate that's coming out in May..

Original Poster

It's a good price for this phone...

For comparison's sake:

San Fran vs Ace
CPU: Qualcomm MSM7227 600MHz vs MSM7227 800MHz (Ace seems to score around 595 out of the box at Quadrant, the San Fran 410)
RAM: 512MB vs 278MB
Internal storage: 256MB (I think - possibly more?) vs 158MB
Screen Res: 800*480 vs 320*480

The Ace looks like it has a thumb pad and apparently has a better camera (although nothing can be much worse than the San Fran's...), and it looks to be the nicer phone in terms of touchy hardware, but that screen is just shamefully bad, and I'm not sure if I could live with htat little RAM or internal storage. I did consider selling my San Fran and upgrading to this, but looking at the specs, even if they were the same price I think it'd be a step down.

Oh well.

Shame about the screen res and price, it would have to at least be the same price as the Alcatraz to even consider it.

Original Poster

Internal memory isn't as important with Android 2.2, as you can save apps to the SD card if the apps support. It will get an Android 2.3(4) upgrade too, which it appears the SF won't. Not everyone is happy to mess about with ROM's etc. to get 2.3 on the SF. My son has an SF and it is good value, but personally I would want something more substantial for me... ;-) The screen wouldn't bother me at all.


Koma Toes

Internal memory isn't as important with Android 2.2, as you can save apps … Internal memory isn't as important with Android 2.2, as you can save apps to the SD card if the apps support. It will get an Android 2.3(4) upgrade too, which it appears the SF won't. Not everyone is happy to mess about with ROM's etc. to get 2.3 on the SF. My son has an SF and it is good value, but personally I would want something more substantial for me... ;-) The screen wouldn't bother me at all.



For £110 more? I could understand this sentiment if it was the same price. Why not just go to £230 and get the Desire?

FocusZing

For £110 more? I could understand this sentiment if it was the same … For £110 more? I could understand this sentiment if it was the same price. Why not just go to £230 and get the Desire?



+1 (_;)

Original Poster


FocusZing

For £110 more? I could understand this sentiment if it was the same … For £110 more? I could understand this sentiment if it was the same price. Why not just go to £230 and get the Desire?



Yes. One review said the battery life was better than the Desires, and that would be more useful to me than a higher res screen. Everyone wants different things out of their smart phones... :-) The Samsung is a good mid range phone for a good price.

'If the apps support it' is an important caveat though, since it seems that not a lot of them do. According to App2SD on my phone, it seems a pretty even split of 63 to 60 of apps that will run on MicroSD to those that don't.

Regarding the screen though, have you seen what screens of this sort of res look like? The pixels are like GIANTS. I've a mate who has a Wildfire, and he seemed pretty disappointed when he saw my SanFran next to his, especially as his was a good deal more expensive. His does have far nicer buttons, though.


Koma Toes

Internal memory isn't as important with Android 2.2, as you can save apps … Internal memory isn't as important with Android 2.2, as you can save apps to the SD card if the apps support. It will get an Android 2.3(4) upgrade too, which it appears the SF won't. Not everyone is happy to mess about with ROM's etc. to get 2.3 on the SF. My son has an SF and it is good value, but personally I would want something more substantial for me... ;-) The screen wouldn't bother me at all.

Original Poster

dxx

Regarding the screen though, have you seen what screens of this sort of … Regarding the screen though, have you seen what screens of this sort of res look like? The pixels are like GIANTS. I've a mate who has a Wildfire, and he seemed pretty disappointed when he saw my SanFran next to his, especially as his was a good deal more expensive. His does have far nicer buttons, though.


Like I said the screen doesn't bother me. I know because I have an X10 mini, and think it's an excellent "little" phone, and have seen the Wildfire's screen too. This Samsung's screen is better than both of them... The Wildfire is 240 x 320 (same as X10 mini) and the Ace is 320 x 480, so I would be more than happy with the Ace.

great phone, does all i want and a whole lot more

Another vote for zte skate, let's hope for unbranded and unlocked rather than having to dump Orange crappy bloatware!

Original Poster

A 4" screen is too big for me...

Koma Toes

A 4" screen is too big for me...



You must admit ZTE are really shaking up the market at the moment.
Edited by: "FocusZing" 14th Mar 2011

I don't understand the general assumption here that the ZTE SKate is going to be a budget phone as there are no pricing details yet. The San Francisco was subsidised by Orange and with the Skate not enjoying exclusivity with Orange it will be interesting to see what it will be priced at.

Clearly the price of this phone at lunch is exaggerated, give it a few weeks with the Sony Ericsson and HTC line ups due for release, I should expect the price of this phone to fall to the 120 - 150 pounds range.

Original Poster

FocusZing

You must admit ZTE are really shaking up the market at the moment.


Absolutely, and as I have said before the SF is a great phone for the money. It's just not the best phone for everyone, otherwise Samsung and HTC etc. would be out of business by now. As Android2g says there is no price tag on the Skate yet. I guarantee it will be more that the SF though...

Poormans Galaxy S

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Koma Toes

Absolutely, and as I have said before the SF is a great phone for the … Absolutely, and as I have said before the SF is a great phone for the money. It's just not the best phone for everyone, otherwise Samsung and HTC etc. would be out of business by now. As Android2g says there is no price tag on the Skate yet. I guarantee it will be more that the SF though...



Your right, it wouldn't surprise me if the price is around £150 due to the success of the Blade. No telling I will have to wait and see, I'm going to have a good look at the Lite.

It's good for everybody really as Samsung, HTC, SE... are having to drop their prices to compete.

Original Poster

spit roast

Poormans Galaxy Sspitroast


Not so rich man's Galaxy S would be a better description...

@FocusZing - yes, I'm all for a bit of healthy competition!

Great Phone!!!

will this be locked to the three network?

Koma Toes

Not so rich man's Galaxy S would be a better description...


Or simply a frugal man's Galaxy S!

Decent reviews for what is a mid-range Android handset; scores an average of 7.1/10 from 5 reviews where scores were given: whatnewmobile.com/and…ws/
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