Samsung Galaxy Ace vs Galaxy Ace Plus | Speed, Performance and Features Reviewed | Full Specs Compared
When one gains experience, one tends to evolve adapting to the circumstances they did not handle well before. That is supposed to be the general case and normally this theory can be applied to mobile phone market, as well. When a vendor releases a phone, their designing process doesn’t end there. They constantly take feedbacks, analyze sales records and read reviews in order to perform a SWOT analysis. That is how they constantly come up with better designs than the predecessor. In theory, if the weaknesses of a certain phone were effectively converted to strengths, it’s bound to give a boost in sales for the successor.
Samsung Galaxy Ace and Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus are two such pair of predecessor and successor. Galaxy Ace was announced in January 2011, and exactly one year after Samsung announces Galaxy Ace Plus. I was wondering whether to put this up front or explain it all before giving up the verdict, but it’s too insensitive to keep on going if you don’t know exactly what you’re dealing with. In a nutshell, Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus is merely Samsung Galaxy Ace with a slightly bigger screen and a slightly better processor. If you’re thinking what I’m thinking, that makes the two of us. But in any case, let’s get the review started.
Samsung Galaxy Ace
The ultimate smartphone that is targeted at the mid-range market, Galaxy Ace comes with a decent configuration. It has 3.5 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors and 320 x 480 pixels resolution with a pixel density of 165ppi. The screen doesn’t have the majestic touch of the Galaxy family, but it’s decent enough to serve the purpose. It is 112.4mm in length and 59.9mm in width while having a thickness of 11.5mm and a weight of 113g. It comes in either Black or White and has an average look that doesn’t leave much of an impression.
Galaxy Ace has 800MHz ARM11 processor on top of Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset with Adreno 200 GPU. The 278MB of RAM is barely enough to keep up with the processor, yet it seems to do a good job. It runs on Android OS v2.2 Froyo, and upgradable to V2.3 Gingerbread. Samsung has included 5MP camera in Galaxy Ace with autofocus and LED flash along with Geo-tagging with the support of Assisted GPS. The camera can only facilitate QVGA video capturing which certainly is a huge flow. It also doesn’t have a secondary camera.
It comes with HSDPA connectivity, which serves well for browsing the internet, and Ace also has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n that has DLNA to wirelessly broadcast rich media content and with the ability to act as a wi-fi hotspot. The standard 1350mAh battery promises a talk time of 11 hours, which is great for a battery of that capacity.
Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus
As mentioned at the start, Galaxy Ace Plus is almost identical to Galaxy Ace. Let’s see what these identities are, and the differences are, as well. Ace Plus has a bigger screen with the same resolution which means the pixel density is lesser than Ace. The 3.65 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen with 320 x 480 pixels is not much of a development considering the reduced pixel density of 158ppi. Samsung hasn’t been cautious to include their Super AMOLED panel in this new Galaxy Ace Plus either, and that makes me wonder whether they really consider this handset to be a part of majestic Galaxy family.
It comes with 1GHz processor, and the chipset wasn’t revealed in the press release. We reckon it would be a Qualcomm one, as well, like the Ace and the GPU would also be Adreno 200 series. There’s some improvement in the RAM making it 512MB, and the whole setup is controlled by Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread. The light in the horizon is that this may be entitled to an upgrade of IceCreamSandwich as Samsung bothered enough to give Galaxy Ace an upgrade to Gingerbread.
And we move onto the same track as Galaxy Ace. Ace Plus also has 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash with Geo tagging and Assisted GPS. The camera records video in WVGA resolution, which really isn’t an improvement. It comes with HSDPA connectivity for browsing the internet and it also has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA for wireless streaming and the ability to act as a hotspot. The 1300mAh battery will promise a talk time of 8 hours or so as per our deduction.
A Brief Comparison of Samsung Galaxy Ace vs Galaxy Ace Plus
• Samsung Galaxy Ace has 3.5 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen with 320 x 480 pixels resolution and 165ppi of pixel density, while Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus has 3.65 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen with the same resolution and 158ppi pixel density.
• Samsung Galaxy Ace has 800MHz processor and 278MB RAM while Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus has 1GHz processor and 512MB RAM.
• Samsung Galaxy Ace runs on Android OS v2.2 Froyo while Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus runs on Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread.
It’s really difficult to give a conclusion for two handsets like these. The theory we were talking about at the start hasn’t been applied to these two, it seems, for Samsung hasn’t fixed some of the major weaknesses of Ace in its successor Ace Plus. But then again, the cost factor and the target market might have affected Samsung’s decision to do that. In that case, Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus becomes another routine successor, and if you want to invest in the new model rather than the old model, Galaxy Ace Plus would serve you well. But at the same time, we daresay Samsung Galaxy Ace will also give nearly the same performance as Ace Plus and even more in some areas like the screen. However, the fact remains that Ace Plus is the new kid in the block pushing away Ace and that just might give a competitive edge for Galaxy Ace Plus to be a good successor for Galaxy Ace.