Is the Samsung Galaxy Ace any good?

(38 Posts)
stopthenoise Thu 15-Nov-12 07:52:55

At the moment I've got a samsung jet on PAYG. I really want a better phone but my budget is non exsistent really tight. I've seen the galaxy ace on a contract for £7.50 a month with 175 mins, 5000 texts and 250mb of data. The calls and texts are more than enough for me but in non tech speak how much is 250mb? I would only be using the internet for facebook and ebay mainly. And what is the Ace like? What can it do? The jet that i've got now is pretty basic but has a good camera which i like.

Caerlaverock Thu 15-Nov-12 07:57:19

I love mine. Had it for about a year and still going strong. It doesn't have a huge amount of memory on the phone so if you install a few really big apps it will struggle. The camera is great. It has a radio. Where did you see that contract it is really good?

Caerlaverock Thu 15-Nov-12 08:00:15

Actually that deal is fantastic, I pay 13 a month for 100 data 50 mins and 250 texts

stopthenoise Thu 15-Nov-12 08:02:05

It's at carphone warehouse but not sure which network. I'm with tesco mobile at the moment and have just seen that they do it for £12.50 a month but with 500 mins, 5000 texts and 500mb of data. You say the memory isn't very big but I assume it takes a memory card too?

Caerlaverock Thu 15-Nov-12 08:08:40

Yes it takes a memory card so you are ok for photos etc. some big apps install on the phone and can't be moved. Face book for example is huge, so I justnremoved it and use the browser.

Caerlaverock Thu 15-Nov-12 08:12:44

And you can't use flash on it

stopthenoise Thu 15-Nov-12 08:18:19

That's a really good tip. Hmmm..am really considering it now! Have just googled some reviews and no one seems to have anything bad to say about it, apart from battery life but that's not really a problem. i pay £10 a month now on PAYG for an ok phone so it seems a no brainer! One thing that worries me is the data allowance. How much is 250mb? I don't want run up a huge bill going over it. But i suppose I could cap the contract so there's no scary bills.

stopthenoise Thu 15-Nov-12 08:19:10

Sorry to sound uber thick but whats flash? blush

Caerlaverock Thu 15-Nov-12 08:19:55

I use mine to check email etc but don't watch videos. I manage on 100mb . I think 250 is enough if you are careful about using wifi when poss.

Caerlaverock Thu 15-Nov-12 08:23:14

You need flash to use alot of webpages. You won't be able to watch iplayer for example.

PropositionJoe Thu 15-Nov-12 08:24:00

Just set your internet-using apps to update only when you open them, not to update in the background. 250mb is plenty for email, mumsnet and Facebook. Just don't use YouTube out of the house (assume you have wifi at home?) The carphone warehouse contract is with talkmobile which runs on the vodafone network. It's a good phone and a great deal.

stopthenoise Thu 15-Nov-12 08:37:34

Thanks for the advice. When you download apps does this come off your allowance? And only internet using apps would come off the allowance right? I'm thinking about when playing games on it for DS, this would be ok? Sorry for all the questions!

Caerlaverock Thu 15-Nov-12 08:39:47

Most games are played just in the phone so you won't us your allowance. You can turn the data off if you want to be really sure and only turn it on when needed

stopthenoise Thu 15-Nov-12 08:58:03

Ok that's good to know. It's looking very appealing now!

PropositionJoe Thu 15-Nov-12 12:42:54

When you download apps just make sure you do it over wifi

NetworkGuy Thu 15-Nov-12 14:37:45

watching iPlayer with a 250 MB or even 500 MB allowance would be likely to get through all the data in one go... a 30 minute TV programme may be about 300 MB. (I use Three and can easily use 750 MB in a day, hit 2700 MB one day recently [monitoring someone's security webcam for them])

Worth checking whether Quidco.com or TopCashBack.co.uk (?) offer a sum of cash when you go to Carphone Warehouse via the cashback site.

Also CPW owns mobiles.co.uk and e2save.com (and possibly others - perhaps see HotUKdeals.com to see if other firms are listed, and then check small print about the firm to see if CPW owns it). so check if they have 'cash back' deals to make the overall cost lower than 7.50/month

Some of them require you to send them a set of monthly statements from the network, at intervals (so you get maybe 50 quid cash back, spread out after 3, 9, and 15 months of paying the network)... just add reminders on the phone about sending in the statements on time, else they won't pay the cash back!

(Think it was on mobiles.co.uk I saw the cashback deals, as alternative to TVs, games consoles etc... obv costly items like TV etc would be for contracts at 25/35/45 quid a month)

bigTillyMint Thu 15-Nov-12 16:45:13

I am interested in an ACE as a present for DH!

I have a Galaxy II and 1GB of data a month. I barely use 100MBblush so 250 would be fine for light usage. And most of the games are downloaded onto the phone - just don't let him play on the ones which need internet access!

Theas18 Thu 15-Nov-12 20:50:45

Dunno. Have looked into it or DH and am under whelmed. E has a galaxy y which is a generally good little phone but very short on working memory - many apps can't be moved to the memory card. I think the ace would be very much the same.
No flash I ability to use I player etc

NetworkGuy Fri 16-Nov-12 10:21:35

Actually, the amount of space for Apps is slightly better in the Galaxy Y than the Ace but I'd still value the Ace higher.

A few differences ( extracted from data on *>
GSM Arena <* Ace vs Galaxy Y )

Ace first, then Galaxy Y

158 MB storage, 278 MB RAM
180 MB storage, 290 MB RAM

5 MP, 2592x1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels

320 x 480 pixels, 3.5 inches (~165 ppi pixel density)
240 x 320 pixels, 3.0 inches (~133 ppi pixel density)

I remember seeing on review(s) that it was Y for Youth, hence cheaper than the Galaxy S II that came out a few months earlier, with smaller screen, lower res camera etc. Coming out later means Bluetooth and a few other items were updated, too.

Then compare more modern Ace against Ace 2 on GSM Arena

NetworkGuy Fri 16-Nov-12 10:23:36

Would still suggest going to Carphone Warehouse website via cash-back site Quidco or TCB to see what they will give when someone is signing up for a contract via CPW. May drop the effective cost per month from 7.50 to 6 quid over the life of the contract.

Theas18 Fri 16-Nov-12 10:30:10

Network guy could you suggest a phone that might suit my DH. i think he probably needs an S2 but he thinks it's way to big- he keeps it in a trouser pocket all day. THe y is ideal size but just under the spec he needs.

(I can't really help as I have a note and it's fab! I couldn't function without a phone that " did everything" LOL)

1sassylassy Fri 16-Nov-12 10:39:28

Good comparison site here,obviously you can use the boxes at the top to compare any two phones.
FWIW I have the Ace and it suits me just fine.

NetworkGuy Fri 16-Nov-12 12:31:34

Theas18 when I looked at the CarPhone Warehouse page I saw they also have the Sony Xperia Tipo (which I have been keeping my eye on for a while).

http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/special-offers/super-value-smartphones

Sony used to use their own storage but now use microSD (like most others) and the Tipo has a 3.5mm earplug socket, so can be plugged into lots more with no adaptor needed.

Comparing > Tipo and Galaxy Y <

Size: similar but 2mm thicker, similar weight

Screen: 3.2" vs 3" with higher resolution (320x480 v 240x320)

Camera: 3.15 v 2 Mp

Battery: higher capacity but lower 'in use' times claimed

Memory: Tipo 2.5 GB available to user, 512 MB RAM
Galaxy Y: 180 MB, 290 MB user available RAM

Think that might do the trick. FWIW I have the Galaxy Ace, Europa, and Mini and a Huawei, and I think this exceeds all on the memory for Apps, though the Ace 2 would be nice smile

NetworkGuy Fri 16-Nov-12 12:41:23

The site 1sassylassy mentioned did the same sort of comparison in one go!

see link

NB it compares thickness of 12mm with 13mm but it should say 11mm (and does on the overall measurements shown on next line).

Also, it mentions Bluetooth but not everyone needs to care about that... personally I also look for phones with FM radio in them, but that's just something I am interested in...

I love the look of the Galaxy Ace and I think it does pretty much what I need. So I am seriously considering it too. Dh mentioned the Ace 2. Is it worth the extra money?
I want a half-decent camera, an easy keyboard (nothing fiddely with teeny buttons) on a touch screen, easy text messaging.
Does the Ace 2 do these things any better than the Ace?

LoonyRationalist Fri 16-Nov-12 16:04:18

I have an Ace 2 & I love it, does everything I want on a phone.
I think it does have more internal memory than the Ace though - the internal memory issue is what forced me to upgrade from my beloved HTC Desire.

The Iplayer app is great and can be moved to sd card, is currently using only 1.46mb of my phone's memory.

Just had a look at a comparison - you would struggle to get many apps installed on the Ace - it only has 190mb phone memory & apps seem to be growing in size all the time. Would be fine for day to day use as a phone with a few apps but you wouldn't get many games on there for example.

When I changed my phone I changed to a 100mb data package (from a 500mb one) Only once in the 24 months of my previous contract did I exceed 100mb & that was when my home broadband was down for a week! I only use email/internet when out & about & turn off data when not using it.

HotheadPaisan Fri 16-Nov-12 21:09:43

The Ace is fine, there are two models, make sure you get the latest, I could not get wifi working on the first one think it has an i after the model number.

HotheadPaisan Fri 16-Nov-12 21:16:39

Think DP's is the GT-S5839i - will check on DP's tomorrow. Better processor and like I say the wifi at home was much better than the first one I brought back, not very logical but it was definitely rubbish on the non-i model.

Bubblegum78 Fri 16-Nov-12 21:18:45

They are brilliant phones, VERY easy to use, 3 Mobile have the best deal, unlimited internet, 5000 texts, 200mins to any network, 2000 mins for 3 to 3 network users. £13 a month. x

Snorbs Fri 16-Nov-12 21:20:08

My DS has a Galaxy Ace 2 from TalkMobile. It's a really nice phone. It can play all the games he wants to play on it, the screen's clear and bright and it's snappy and responsive to use. I put a 16GB memory card in it that he mainly uses for music and video.

From what I've heard, the original Galaxy Ace suffers from not really enough memory.

1sassylassy Fri 16-Nov-12 21:57:34

Think DP's is the GT-S5839i do you mean the GT-S5830i,thats the one I have whilst dh has the GT-S5830 and mine does perform better than his.

HotheadPaisan Fri 16-Nov-12 21:59:53

Do you know I was thinking it had a 5 and 8 in it, the i anyway, thanks! £7.50/mth, she generally spends £10 in total as goes over on calls.

1sassylassy Fri 16-Nov-12 22:00:17
1sassylassy Fri 16-Nov-12 22:02:57

I only knew because mine is on the table in front of me,so looked in the settings.I get on fine with mine but I dont play many games on it,just one word game and kindle,I do my gaming on the laptop.

HotheadPaisan Fri 16-Nov-12 22:05:40

1sassylassy - that's very interesting about performance, it was really noticeable on the first, black one we had, DP changed her mind for the white, which happened to be the i and it was much better. AFAIK it's only a slightly better processor.

NinthWave Fri 16-Nov-12 22:08:40

I've got a Galaxy Ace 2, it's great. Can use iPlayer etc on it.

stopthenoise Tue 20-Nov-12 16:13:36

Thanks everyone for all your replies and advice. I have decided to get the Galaxy Ace. I managed to get a second hand one for a really good price so am sticking to my pay as you go at the moment. I will see how I go with it and may upgrade to the 2 at a later date. Thank you again for all advice, it was really helpful thanks

NetworkGuy Tue 20-Nov-12 19:37:04

Glad you have it sorted. Yes, with luck the Ace 2 pricing should drop in a few months and will be an upgrade worth looking forward to.

I still think I'll try the Sony Xperia Tipo if there are still deals around like the ones today, or maybe one of the other Xperia phones...

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