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4inch WVGA touch screen
5 megapixel camera with flash
Useful Memory card slot
GPS for sat nav & geo-tagging
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by Mike Leader
Why worry about 4G? Quite simply at this moment in time, many areas of the UK don't yet have 4G coverage and will not have for quite some time yet. Let's bear in mind that many places don't even have 3G coverage.
So 4G is no use if you can't use it and therefore should not be a major consideration when choosing your next mobile phone. Not yet anyway.
That could be a problem for Samsung because there isn't much else to set the Ace 3 apart from many other similar smartphones.
So what does the third incarnation of the Ace have to offer? Well thankfully it's a decent enough phone in it's own right, with a 4 inch WVGA screen of 233 pixel per inch density, offering a resolution of 480 x 800.
It's a good, clear bright screen which will not disappoint you but it's nothing special either.
The camera too is a fairly standard 5 megapixel affair which produces decent enough, but not earth shattering, photos but the phone does feature Samsung's Best photo app which lets you choose the best of 8 continuous shots.
There's also the Sound and Shot app which lets you record a short message which will play when your shot is viewed. It's a little bit of gadgetry rather than a useful tool though.
S Voice is in the same vein which lets you take a photo just using your voice and can also answer a call or even wake the phone up. Again we think this is a little gimmicky rather than of any real practical use.
Rather more useful is Smart Stay, which keeps the screen brightness high while you're looking at it by detecting your eye movement. To be fair you do get geotagging and 720p HD video recording.
You get an LED flash and auto focus with your camera too, and there's also a front facing video camera for calls over Wi-Fi.
Power and storage
The Snapdragon dual core processor running at 1.2 GHz with 1 GB of RAM memory is ample and tasks and video run smoothly enough, as long as you remember this isn't a handset for power users.
We watched recorded and YouTube videos with no lag and no problems so little else is likely to unsettle it in everyday use. 8 GB onboard storage is included and you can add a MicroSD card to give you up to 64 GB more storage space which is plenty for most of us.
Here the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 scores highly, with Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct, GPS for satellite navigation including access to Russia's GLONASS system, NFC for contactless file transfers and payments, stereo Bluetooth and over-the-air synchronisation.
Overall this is a decent android smartphone from Samsung that has nothing to disappoint but little to excite either. It's typically Samsung in design and build quality, and we're sure Samsung fans looking for a sub-midrange smartphone will be very happy with it.
Maybe we expect a little too much these days, but after reviewing all sorts of phones from the most basic to the top end smartphones we always hope to find that little something extra, whatever that may be, and the Samsung really fails to offer anything special.
Unless of course, you happen to be in a 4G area then it will no doubt become the smartphone of choice at this price.