Samsung’s popular Galaxy Ace line has seen a new addition in the form of the Galaxy Ace 3, but with the mid-range ranks getting ever busier it’s got a lot of competition, even from Windows Phone where the Nokia Lumia 625 provides a tempting alternative, as both phones provide 4G LTE connectivity.
Like most Samsung phones the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is built from plastic, though it does have a shiny metallic rim around the edge, which helps it look a little bit classy.
The Nokia Lumia 625 is plastic too, with the bright colours you’d expect from a Lumia. Ultimately they’re of a fairly similar build quality, though the Lumia 625 is slimmer than the Galaxy Ace 3 (at 9.2mm versus 10mm), while the Galaxy Ace 3 is lighter, coming in at 119.5g compared to 159g.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 has a 4 inch 480 x 800 TFT display with a pixel density of 233 pixels per inch. The Nokia Lumia 625 has a larger 4.7 inch 480 x 800 LCD display with a pixel density of 199 pixels per inch. The size is impressive but the resolution is less so and we’d be inclined to say the Galaxy Ace 3 has the better screen overall.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, while the Nokia Lumia 625 has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM. On paper that makes the Galaxy Ace 3 a little better, but in practice Android needs that extra RAM more than Windows Phone, so they should be quite evenly matched.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 comes with Android 4.2, which is surprisingly up to date for a lower mid-range Android, while the Nokia Lumia 625 comes with Windows Phone 8.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 has a 5 megapixel camera which can also shoot 720p video at 30fps, while the Nokia Lumia 625 has a 5 megapixel camera and can shoot 1080p video at 30fps. Both phones have VGA front facing cameras.
Both phones can take reasonable quality pictures for the price.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 has an 1800 mAh battery which can supposedly manage up to 370 hours of standby or 8 hours of talk time, while the Nokia Lumia 625 has a 2000 mAh battery and can keep going for up to 552 hours in standby or 15 hours and 10 minutes of talk time.
Both the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 and the Nokia Lumia 625 have 8GB of built in storage along with a micro SD card slot which supports cards of up to 64GB.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 has some high end connectivity options such as 4G LTE and NFC, along with Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and 3G. The Nokia Lumia 625 has the same selection of options, with the exception of NFC, which it’s lacking.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 and the Nokia Lumia 625 are very closely matched phones. The Galaxy Ace 3 has NFC support, which the Lumia 625 doesn’t, while it also has a slightly better screen, though it’s also slightly smaller.
On the other hand the Nokia Lumia 625 has better battery life and the two phones are more or less a match in most other areas.
Of course they run totally different operating systems and that will be a big deciding factor for many people, but neither has a clear advantage there either, as the Lumia 625 is on the latest version of Windows Phone while the Galaxy Ace 3 is on Android 4.2, which admittedly is one version behind the latest but almost no phones have Android 4.3 yet.
If we had to give the edge to either phone we’d say the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is the better buy, as it’s a good all round handset while the screen on the Lumia 625 will be a love or hate thing- you’ll either love it for the size or hate it for the low resolution. The Galaxy Ace 3 could also be more future-proofed if NFC ever becomes more widely used.
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