Samsung is the king of midrange phones and they provide best entry level Android phones to the users. Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus is the successor of the Samsung Galaxy Ace series and with bigger display screen and faster processor compared to the Ace series. This phone is powered with Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread and 1GHz of processor. This Smartphone is little bit costlier than the Samsung Galaxy Ace, and performance is very good because of the improved hardware and software. It also uses the Samsung’s TouchWiz 4.0 to give the display an interesting look.
The new Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus also gained little bit of thickness as well as width of 3.65 inch screen, which needs to be accommodated. This phone is made up of high quality plastic and doesn’t look like cheap. The weight of the phone is around 118 grams and can be easily carried around. The edges have a rounded look and fits in your hand without any problem. The glossy plastic material used to manufacture this phone doesn’t slip from your hand very easily. On the top of the phone, you can find 3.5 mm audio jack and on the right panel you can find power or lock button which is Samsung’s default style. The left panel have volume rocker as well as eyelet. The bottom of the phone has mouthpiece and microUSB port for charging as well as file transfer. 1300 mAh Li-on battery is used to provide power to the handset and it is important to point out that Samsung galaxy Ace has 1350 mAh battery.
The 3.65 inch of capacitive screen gives you a very smooth and zippy movement. Swiping thorough the menus is also lots faster and easy. TouchWiz 4.0 is used to manage add-ons on the screen. By default, four options are provided on the screen. To add shortcuts or folders use the context menu which is popped up from the bottom of the screen. Android operating system also makes it very easy to use the phone without any problem, and some of the tasks are self explanatory. Performance wise, Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus fares far better than the Samsung Galaxy Ace because of the improved processor and increased RAM. The user interface is very responsive and doesn’t hang any time. Gaming is not that good but Flash is supported by it.
Android gallery helps in locating images and video no matter where they are located. Importing snaps from the online Picasa is also made possible by the Android operating system. Double tap on the photo functionality as well as zooming is also made possible by the OS. Sharing photo using the Bluetooth, watching it on the TV and uploading it to your Picasa account is also possible.
Audio and Video Player:
Watching video is lot of fun and support for subtitles is also there. Crop size and 5.1 cannel virtualization make its very interesting. Unfortunately codec support is missing from this phone which is great disappointment. Using the audio player is far better than the video player as it is quite intuitive as well as has lots of good features.
Camera and web browsing:
5MP camera is capable of taking modest pictures. The maximum resolution which is supported is 2560 x 1920 pixels. Capturing video from the care is very poor, the VGA capture videos at 30 fps which is slightly better than the earlier version which used to give around 15fps. Browsing web is very simple and writing text for email is very good with the help of SWYPE feature.
Value For Money
The Ace Plus represents great value for money especially when compared to the price of an iphone. It is well featured for the price and packs a lot in for a small cost. Never the less buying the handset stand alone / off air can be expensive and the best deals are available on contract which you can compare with sites like samsunggalaxycontracts.co.uk
Overall, a nice Android Smartphone for entry level users. This pone may not satisfy lots of user but the hardware and software is modest enough to beginners of the android operating system.