Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 Review Scoring Summary
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Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 doesn’t really live up to its name but if it’s priced right it could still be worth considering if you want a no-frills smartphone.
Full Review and Specification for the Samsung Galaxy Ace 4
Samsung’s Galaxy Ace range has proved a popular lower mid-range option over the last few years combining solid specs with an affordable price tag. Now the company is back with the Samsung Galaxy Ace 4, but with specs that are surprisingly similar to the Galaxy Ace 3 and stronger competition than ever can it really stand out? Read on to find out.
Not so ace screen
There aren’t many aspects of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 that could truly be described as ‘ace’ and the screen certainly isn’t one of them. It’s a 4.0 inch 480 x 800 TFT display with a pixel density of 233 pixels per inch.
So it’s fairly small and quite low resolution and it doesn’t even use the Super AMOLED technology that Samsung screens are so known for. The result is that images are a little dull, bordering on washed-out.
It’s a smaller and marginally lower resolution display than even entry-level handsets like the Moto E and EE Kestrel, so while it’s still perfectly serviceable there’s really little to recommend it on this front.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 looks about how you’d probably expect a fairly low-end phone to look as well as looking a lot like the Galaxy Ace 3.
It has a very plain plastic design in either black or white with very few distinguishing features. There’s a home button below the screen flanked by soft-touch back and multitask buttons and a large bezel to accommodate them. There’s also a large bezel above the screen and fairly big ones at either side, giving it a chunky look.
Indeed it is quite chunky at 121.4 x 62.9 x 11mm, though it’s not overly heavy at 130.3g. Really the only aspect that has any sort of flair is its faux-metallic edging, but even that’s just plastic dressed up to look like metal.
So it’s not a great looking phone, but then low end phones rarely are so we can’t be too hard on it for that.
While most phones have moved on to quad-core processors the Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 is lumbered with a dual-core one. Specifically a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM.
That’s not necessarily too bad as the Moto E for example has the same, but that can be picked up for under £100 and while UK pricing hasn’t yet been confirmed for the Ace 4 it’s been priced at 219 Euros (around £173) in the Netherlands, for which we’d expect rather more power.
The EE Kestrel also packs 4G, comes in at around £100 and manages to include a quad-core processor and even a fairly big name like the Moto G with 4G includes a quad-core processor for similar money to what we’re expecting to pay for the Galaxy Ace 4.
And this is the most powerful version of it that we’re talking about. There’s another version without 4G connectivity that has just a 1.0GHz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM, making it about as low end as a smartphone gets.
On the plus side it does at least ship with Android 4.4.2, so you’re getting the latest version of Google’s operating system. Some lower end phones don’t even manage that so the Ace 4 has that going for it.
The camera on the Galaxy Ace 4 doesn’t hugely impress but nor does it stand out as bad. It’s got a 5 megapixel main snapper with an LED flash along with a 0.3 megapixel camera on the front. It can also shoot 720p video at 30fps.
All of which is fairly standard for a low to lower mid-range handset and is enough to ensure capable performance, but you’ll want to hang on to your compact, because the photos you take with this won’t look great when viewed on bigger screens than the one on the phone.
Battery life, memory and connectivity
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 has an 1800 mAh battery (or just a 1500 mAh one if you get the 3G version). Samsung hasn’t posted any stats for battery life but that’s definitely on the small side even for a low-powered handset so you’re likely to have to charge it every day.
It doesn’t come with much memory either, just 4GB to be precise, so you’ll definitely want to invest in a microSD card and thankfully the slot at least supports cards of up to 64GB, so there’s plenty of room for expansion.
The headline connectivity feature is 4G LTE of course, though only if you opt for the 4G version of the handset. Aside from that the Galaxy Ace 4 supports Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth 4.0.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 is proving hard to recommend. It’s not a disaster as it has 4G support, a respectable camera, a microSD card slot and it comes running the latest version of Android, which a lot of cheaper handsets don’t.
But it’s severely underpowered, has a mediocre screen and struggles to stand out in any other way. None of which would be so bad if it was priced right, but it’s looking like it will retail for north of £150, which is entirely too expensive for what you get. If it comes in cheaper then it could be worth a look, but if not do yourself a favour and get a Moto G instead.
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 Specification
Dimensions : 121.4 x 62.9 x 11mm
Weight: 130.3 grams
Screen size: 4.0” TFT (480 x 800)
Screen Resolution: 480 x 800 display resolution
Pixels Per Inch (PPI) : 233
Processor: 1.2GHz Dual core application processor
RAM: 1 GB
On-board Memory: 4GB (microSD support)
Camera: 5MP (rear) 720p@30fps (0.3 megapixel front-facing)
Operating system: Android 4.4.2
Ultrafast / 3G / 4G LTE: Yes/ Yes/ Yes
Bluetooth / NFC : Yes/ No
Battery capacity: 1800mAh
Colours: Iris Charcoal, Classic White
Launch Date: TBC