Thursday, January 22, 2015
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When you mention Samsung, the Android 4.4 KitKat and TouchWiz, you usually expect the talk to be about a flagship, premium device.
Well, Samsung has decided to allow everyone to experience the benefits of the latest technology. The Galaxy Ace Style is a very affordable handset, one of the cheapest in the Galaxy Line. What distinguishes the device from other Samsung’s phones in the budget class is the Android 4.4. While there are other handsets running on the Android 4.4, such as the Galaxy Core 2 and the Galaxy Avant, the Ace Style is the cheapest of them all.
Design and Display
The handset does have the term style embedded into the name; so you might expect a stylish device. The Galaxy Ace Style is a compact handset, with solid build quality and some of Samsung’s main principles in the design area. One thing that is different is the stripe on the back of the device going from the top to the bottom. The company sticks to the use of plastic as a building material. The Ace Style fits comfortably in the hand, thanks to the low weight of just 123 grams. Dimensions are 121x63x10.7. The flaw of the handset is in the display section. The display is a TFT screen, but the problem is that Samsung uses the 256k colors approach, which is outdated. It would be better if Samsung has boosted colors to 16m, but that is not the case. The 4 inch display delivers resolution of 480×800, which translates to a density of 233ppi.
Hardware and Operating System
Google has optimized the Android 4.4 KitKat version to run on less powerful devices, and the Galaxy Ace Style benefits from that. The device is powered by a dual core processor and with just 512MB RAM, one can expect delay of few seconds when operating the handset. Users are given just 4GB built in memory to work with, but there is an option to beef up the memory with a microSD card. The Ace Style supports up to 64GB of external storage. The advantage of the device is in the OS, which, as we mentioned, is the Android 4.4.2 KitKat Version. On top of that, Samsung has placed the TouchWiz UI, delivering a flagship experience in a cheap phone.
One would expect a bit more from the camera, but Samsung has equipped the Ace Style with just a 5-MP shooter on the back, and a VGA camera on the front of the device. The rear camera can take pictures of up to 2592x1944pixels and record 720p videos at 30fps.
Another flaw of the Ace Style is the battery life. With a small battery of just 1500 mAh, the device delivers only 8 hours of talk time. Sufficient to say, one would expect a more reliable device.
This is the strength of the handset. Samsung believes that a price of $140 for a device running on the latest Android OS will attract customers. However, with some better options and solutions out there, for a price just a tad higher, that dream might not become a reality.