Just like any other technology geek out there, I had to get my hands on the Samsung Galaxy Ace s5830 when it was released early in 2011. It was indeed a thing of beauty being a bar-type slim smartphone with smooth round edges and sporting a slick onyx black skin. For something that fits perfectly on my hand and lightweight at 113 grams, it amazed me with its minimalist concept. We have a choice to change its back cover to purple or white but I stayed with its original look. Black is the new black. Anyway, the best thing with this Android phone is that I was like the king of the virtual domain. There are tons to do with this smartphone and it has access to hundreds of apps. To give you a clearer picture, here are some details:


Galaxy Ace s5830 Main Features

3.5 inch touch screen with HVGA, 320 x 480 pixel display

Samsung Galaxy Ace s5830800MHz ARM11 processor, Adreno 200 GPU

Android 2.2 Operating System (Froyo); updated versions are 2.3.4 and 2.3.6 (Gingerbread)
3G, Wi-Fi, GPS Navigation
5 Megapixel Camera with LED Flash and 2x Digital Zoom and supports Auto Focus, Shot Mode, Photo Effects, White Balance, Geo-tagging, Face and Smile Detection, Image Editor
320 x 240, 15 fps Video Recording
Call Features: Conference Call, Speed Dialing, Loudspeaker, Call Timer, Call Divert
Talk time reaches 11 hours for 2G while 3G lasted six and a half hours
Li-ion1350 mAh battery


Other Features

  • Document Viewer and Document Editor
  • TouchWiz V3.0 UI
  • Swype Text Input Method
  • DNSe Sound Enhancement


Pros of s5830

Samsung Galaxy Ace s5830The phonebook’s memory is so large its capacity is practically limitless. Now I can save the numbers of all the fast food stores, pizzerias and other delivery services in the country! It has the same quick contact feature as on Android 2.1 so I can just click on a photo to call, email or send an SMS. If only I could squeeze in the digits of my pretty neighbor downstairs then I’d be set. Other things I noticed were its fast interface and typing on the touchscreen was easy.



Cons of the s5830

One of the things I found annoying at first with my Galaxy Ace is its inability to run high-definition games on its own. It uses VideoCore IV which, to say bluntly, is a major problem for me since Samsung and Broadcom doesn’t share source codes. As a gaming enthusiast myself, this is one factor I always consider when I buy my gadgets. I need my fix and my Samsung couldn’t give it to me. Eventually, I found out that I can port games to work on my Samsung smartphone and so, everything turned out okay. Not great but okay. I also noticed that there is no flash support in the browser and it only runs Android 2.2.

Overall, I am happy with this smartphone. The only knack I had against it was its low resolution and that I can’t enjoy as many games as I want to. But as a serious gamer, I wouldn’t play that much on my phone anyway. So, basically, the Samsung Galaxy Ace s5830 is a good buy.