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Key features

    • Fantastic price and loads of features make this phone great value
    • The 5MP camera has a flash and is perfect for quick snaps
    • A great first smartphone

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    Operating system Processor name and model Talk time (up to) Camera quality Screen size
    Android Gingerbread 2.3 800MHz single core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S1 processor Up to 11 hours talk time 5MP 3.5"
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    Samsung Galaxy Ace

    An excellent starter smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Ace is also great as a spare phone. With a great design and impressive feature list for the price, it's practical, easy to learn and use, and has a strong 5MP camera and bright touchscreen.

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    The essential tech specs.

    Inside the Samsung Galaxy Ace is a 1,350mAh battery that powers the phone on standby for up to 420 hours and 6.5 hours for calls. The software in the Ace is Android Gingerbread 2.3, the most popular version, and it still has access to over 850,000 apps. The 800MHz processor is plenty fast enough for most activities, and the 3.5" screen is good for its class. A resolution of 320x480 gives 165 pixels per inch (PPI), while the 5MP camera is also good and sharp. Built-in memory is 158MB, but there's space for a microSD card (sold separately) up to 32GB for more space for photos and your music.

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    5MP camera.

    Capture the world around you in sharp 5MP photos and videos. The dual LED flash ensures that your photos stay well lit and clearly visible, even when you take them in low lighting conditions. You can then quickly and easily share your snaps via Facebook™ or YouTube™.

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    Samsung services.

    With access to the Samsung app store and the exclusive Samsung social widget, it's easy to immerse yourself in apps, chats and updates from your favourite social networks. Facebook™ posts, Twitter™ tweets, calls and texts are all delivered to your screen throughout the day. There's also the Google Play™ Store, home to 850,000+ apps. It's also got thousands of films, magazines, books and music tracks, so you'll always be entertained.

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    Easy messaging with Swype™.

    Galaxy Ace comes pre-loaded with Swype, which lets you create messages and social updates just by sweeping your finger across the keys in one continuous motion. Swype cuts the fiddly bits of typing out, so you can spend more time chatting and less time typing.

    Battery life and operating system

    Operating system Android Gingerbread 2.3 The software that runs the phone. Different software has different features and strengths, so it’s best to try out a few to decide which you prefer.
    Standby time (up to) 640 hours The maximum length of time the device can remain switched on before the battery needs recharging. Standby time is theoretical and based on lab conditions.
    Talk time (up to) 11 hours The maximum length of time you can make a phone call using the device (under ideal conditions) before the battery needs recharging.
    Battery size (in mAh) 1,350 mAh This is the amount of electric charge in the battery of the device, measured in millampere-hours (mAh). In general, the more mAh, the longer your device will last on battery power, although it does depend on usage and the power demands of the device.

    Body and screen

    Screen resolution 320 x 480 pixels The resolution of the screen is the amount of pixels used along the length and width of the screen. Along with ppi, it is a good measure of screen detail – the higher the resolution, the more detail there is in the screen.
    Screen sharpness 165ppi The ppi (pixels per inch) is a measurement that takes into account the size of the screen and the resolution to give a sharpness rating. It can be compared across devices – the higher the ppi, the sharper the screen is, making it better for high resolution content and reading.
    Screen technology LCD The type of technology that the display uses. Normally this is either LCD or AMOLED, but there are many variations, and each has its advantages. It is best to look at screens in the flesh to see which types you prefer most.
    Sim type Standard The type of SIM that is used in the device. This is important as devices only take one type of SIM. If you don’t have the right SIM, it is easy to transfer your number to the correct type.
    Touchscreen Yes Touchscreens allow you to control the device by tapping and swiping, navigate menus, access apps and interact with your content.
    Device size 112.4 x 59.9 x 11.5 mm

    The dimensions (size) in millimetres of the device.

    Device weight 113g The weight of the device in grams.
    Screen size Yes The size of the main display screen of your device, in inches. The larger the screen, the better it is for movies and web browsing, but it can be more difficult to use.

    Call

    Speakerphone Yes If this mobile phone has a built-in speaker, you can use it to have hands free conversations or share music with friends. (Dependent on your handset's features).
    Works in USA Yes Often known as 'tri-band', this device can connect to mobile networks in Europe and the USA. You'll also need to make sure your UK network offers service in the place you're visiting.
    Voice dialling Yes Begin calls to your friends without typing numbers - just say their name!
    Voice recognition Yes Technology that enables your device to be activated and controlled by your voice. The latest devices let you control many features - check the weather, start the camera, make a note – whatever you need.
    Frequency band Quad band The number of bands your phone works across. Dual bands will normally only work in your home country and continent, quad bands will work in the Americas.

    Camera

    Video camera quality 480p standard The resolution and quality of the video footage that the device’s camera shoots. Generally, the higher the quality figure is, the more detailed the video footage is.
    Camera quality 5MP The amount of megapixels (MP) of the device’s camera. This is a measure of detail, so, as a general rule, the higher the megapixel count, the more detailed photos you’ll get.
    Flash type LED The type of flash that is used by the device for taking photos in low light.
    Front facing camera None Capture self portraits to use as your profile pics or share with friends. If your device supports video chats you can also use the front facing camera as a handy web cam, for face-to-face calls. Generally, the more megapixels (MP), the better the quality of the images you’ll get.

    Connectivity

    Mobile hotspot and tethering Yes This allows you to share the internet data connection of your device with other devices, allowing laptops and tablets, among other devices, to access the internet when they would otherwise need to find a Wi-Fi connection.
    Other connectivity None The other connectivity technologies that the device supports, allowing it to share to or control other devices.
    Positioning A-GPS The technologies that the device can access to update its location and tell apps, like Google Maps or Bing Maps, where the phone is, allowing for accurate navigation.
    Wi-Fi Yes If your device is compatible with Wi-Fi then you can access the internet via wireless networks, and enjoy broadband-like browsing speeds. Signal strength varies, and you might need a network key.
    3G Yes 3G is a wireless technology that transfers data between mobile devices. If you connect to the internet via 3G then you'll enjoy fast browsing and downloading speeds. Costs vary between networks.
    4G No

    With 4G, internet is five times faster than older 3G connections. It’s perfect for streaming videos & music, and web pages load instantly. 4G lets you get the most out of your new phone.
    Find out more in our 4G comparison hub.

    Bluetooth Yes Bluetooth is a wireless technology that lets your device send and receive media like pictures and songs, as well as connect to accessories like Bluetooth headsets for hands free calling.
    Internet data connection Yes The device can connect to the internet without having to first connect to a Wi-Fi connection. The internet data connection covers all data types that are slower than 3G and 4G – check other features to check if this device can connect to the internet at faster speeds.

    In the box

    USB cable Yes USB cable included in the box.
    Charger Yes

    A mains charger is included to charge your phone.

    Earphones Yes

    Earphones are included. These feature a built-in microphone to take calls.

    Music and entertainment

    Music player Yes A music player lets you play music on the device that is stored in the device’s built-in memory.
    Radio Yes A built in app that lets you listen to radio stations on your phone.
    Apps Yes Discover a world of possibilities with downloadable applications on your device.

    Processor and memory

    Memory card type MicroSD up to 32GB Different devices use different types of memory expansion card, so it’s important you use the correct type. The cards slot into the device and let you boost the amount of memory that is available for music, photos and videos.
    Internal phone memory 158MB The amount of memory built into your device for movies, music and other files.
    Processor name and model 800MHz single core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S1 processor The full name of the processor that powers the device. If you have a specific need, check the strong points of your device's processor.
    Processor speed 800MHz The speed of the processor. Generally, the faster the processor speed the more powerful the processor and the faster it process information, making it better for games and complex tasks.
    RAM 278MB RAM is the memory used for running programs. Generally, the more RAM, the smoother everything will run, and the more complex apps you can run.
    Number of cores Single core The number of cores in the processor. Each core is the equivalent of a standalone processor.. Some processors have dual or quad cores, and may be better for certain tasks. Generally, the more cores a processor has, the more powerful it is.

    Deliveries

    Free next day delivery (Order before 5pm)
    Saturday delivery is £7.50

    You'll receive a 1 hour time slot on the morning of your delivery. If it doesn’t suit you, just text or email to reschedule. Delivery date for out of stock items will vary and will not be next day.

    Free nominated day delivery

    Please note delivery and choice of dates for items on pre-order may vary.

    Free Click & Collect to store

    • Pay online and have your order delivered to one of our 800+ stores, ready for collection at your convenience 
    • It's perfect if you won't be available to sign for your package during the day 
    • Orders are normally ready to collect from the next working day
    • Depending on when you placed your order and the store's location, delivery may take a little longer. Click here for more delivery information.
    • When you collect your order, you'll need a form of photo ID and the card used to pay for your order 

    For full details on your deliveries, please visit our Help site.

    The above services are available on all phones, Pay monthly SIM cards, free gifts and everything else over £50. Delivery is made by DPD. All non handset items under £50 are delivered by Royal Mail first class, and will not qualify for next day delivery guarantees or the above services.

    These services are not available in certain remote locations. For remote locations, you should allow up to 1-2 working days and you may be charged extra.

    These services are not available on Sundays and bank holidays.

    Returns

    Product purchased online

    • Most items can be returned or exchanged within 14 days of the date we first try to deliver your product
    • If something's not working, give us a call on 0870 111 6565^. We will tell you whether you are eligible for a return, exchange or repair.
    • If you have no reception on your new network, you can return your device within 14 days of the date we first tried to deliver it to you
    • Online purchases can also be returned to your nearest store

    What do I need to return/cancel my order

    • Your product in its original condition and preferably its original packaging.
    • All the accessories and other content that came with the product.
    • Proof of purchase.
    • Any free gifts that came with the product.
    • Find your nearest store with our store locator.

    Full information on the above returns policies is available on our Help site.

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    24 months

    250 Any network 5000 500 MB

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