The new Samsung Galaxy Ace Style is a handset designed for the younger owner and is very similar in appearance to most other Galaxy handsets.
We have said it before and we will say it again, from a design point of view most, if not all, Samsung handsets very much have that "me too" look about them and the Ace Style is no different.
Some have squarer corners while others, including this one, have a slightly more curvy look and every Samsung handset, with the possible exception of the oddball that is the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, take one or the other shape.
In actual fact the Style it is almost identical to the Galaxy Y but is slightly taller and wider, but slimmer.
Whether you think it is a stylish phone or not is of course down to you. But it seems a slightly unusual choice of name to us for something that doesn't really look any different from anything that has gone before it, apart from a line of fine "go faster" stripes going down the centre of the back panel. Still, what's in a name?
Looks aren't everything
The plastic casing comes in Samsung's trademark glossy white or black with a silver surround which again either enhances or cheapens it depending on your point of view. There's nothing wrong with how it looks but it doesn't look like anything special either.
This latest offering from Samsung does at least feel solid enough, at 121 x 63mm is fairly compact, and the 123 gram weight and 10.7mm thickness feels good in the hand. In fact it is very comfortable to hold for long periods.
4 inch touchscreen
The TFT screen is a 4 inch touchscreen with a density of 233 pixels per inch which is a decent resolution on a phone at this price point. It is of course up to Samsung's usual high standards with sharp text and bright colours.
You will enjoy a clear and bright screen which is easy to live with, although there is no ambient light sensor so it will have to be adjusted manually outdoors.
It runs the latest version of Android, v4.4.2 'KitKat', with the newly updated TouchWiz user interface which is both intuitive and easy to use whatever your age.
It isn't as sharp and bright as Samsung's top end Super AMOLED screens but that's to be expected. For a budget handset it's more than acceptable.
Plenty of gadgets
There are plenty of toys to play with on the Galaxy Ace Style. Google's latest functionality includes voice control of course, while Samsung also include their own music player, video player and photo gallery as well as a planner and file manager.
This comprehensive list of gadgets means you get plenty of functionality straight out of the box.
2 cameras and video recording
5 megapixels is about par for the course for a camera at this price point and it is what you get here. Again it's a middle of the road camera, nothing special but there is nothing wrong with it either.
Photos are sharp and bright and it performs particularly well in bright, natural daylight. However as with most cameras in this price range, quality quickly begins to drop with fading light.
Video recording with sound is available and a front facing 'selfie' camera is also included which is of good quality for a relatively budget handset.
Specification includes GPS and NFC
Overall specification is good with GPS for sat nav and geo-tagging, Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot available. Stereo Bluetooth and NFC is also included, something often missing on lower end phones.
The 1.2 GHz of processing power is ample rather than earth shattering but the 512MB of RAM memory is a little stingy in this day and age, and may slow the phone down a little if you have too many tasks running at once in the background.
You will also find the 4GB of internal memory is a little skimpy, but you can add a memory card up to 64GB so you will never be short of memory space
It's another Samsung phone that is likeable enough but not desirable in that there is nothing here that stands out above and beyond anything else..
There is nothing special, or even particularly stylish, about this handset and although it does what it does ably enough, for the money we think you get much better value from handsets like the 4G Huawei EE Kestrel and Sony Xperia E3, and most certainly the Motorola MOTO G.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace Style does have a certain appeal, and we can see the potential attraction amongst younger buyers in particular but there are better phones out there for similar money. However it is a nicely designed likeable handset which is sure to please those of you who choose it, and Samsung fans will love it.
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