Extra grip is provided by the textured back and it keeps fingerprints and scratches well covered up. Some may find the knobbly texture a bit peculiar at first but it’s not actually uncomfortable once you’re used to it. Indeed, combined with its slightly smaller form factor, the Ace makes for a rather easy-to-handle phone.
The button layout helps too. Like other recent Samsungs, the Galaxy Ace’s power button is on the right edge where it falls easily under your thumb or finger, saving you having to stretch to the top of the device. Meanwhile on the left is the volume rocker, which has a reasonably light yet defined action so it’s easy to operate when the phone’s in your pocket.
Galaxy Ace has just a single physical button on its front, which will take you back to the homescreen. Flanking it are touch buttons for Back and Menu, which disappear into the blackness of the bezel when the phone is powered down. This design apes Apple a little too obviously, but we do actually think it’s the best button layout for Android phones, especially as the Home button also activates the screen.
- 3.5in, 320 x 480 pixel display
- 800MHz processor
- Android 2.2 Operating System
- 5.0 megapixel camera with LED