Samsung Galaxy Ace 4

Samsung Budget Phone: Galaxy Ace 4 Review

Heading into its fourth instalment, Samsung Galaxy Ace smartphones have never been about flashy features or super powered specs. But could we see a change in this philosophy with the Galaxy Ace 4?

Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 Design

When shopping around for budget phones, it’s safe to say that you won’t be getting technological masterpieces when it comes down to design. However, nothing comes closer to proving that sentence wrong than the Galaxy Ace 4.

With a modern and stylish look, the Ace 4 is easily mistaken for a much more expensive piece of kit. This is thanks, in part, to the back side of the handset, which has a set of smooth sections split by a central area that’s home to the Samsung logo and camera.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 4

The handset sizes up with a 4.3-inch display which dominates the front side of the phone, with just the physical home button and duo of capacitive buttons either side. Whilst it isn’t astonishingly thin, at 9.1mm you certainly won’t be struggling to fit it into your pocket.

The rest of the device takes a minimalist approach, with nothing special popping up on the edge of the handset other than the standard lock and volume buttons. In summary, the Galaxy Ace 4 offers up a surprisingly good design which won’t be weighing you down.

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Samsung Galaxy Specs

Whilst design can be made to look good at a budget, it’s sometimes impossible to make specs read as strongly as the pricier flagship models on the market. This is no different with previous Ace offerings, but with the Galaxy Ace 4 things are looking different.

With a quad-core processor, 1GB RAM and 4GB expandable storage, the Galaxy Ace 4 is actually surprisingly powerful for its price. Add to this a sizeable 4.3” Super AMOLED display and you’ve got a fair bit of bang for your buck.

We’re given a 5 megapixel camera on the back of the handset, whilst a 1.3 megapixel effort can be found on the front side of the phone. Not only do both lenses produce good quality images, but video is also of decent quality, something that is normally a stumbling block for cheaper handsets.

Whilst it certainly won’t be competing with the likes of the iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or HTC One M8, the Galaxy Ace 4 definitely stands atop the pile of budget phones when it comes to specs. Plus, with an effective camera also included, you can’t fault it compared to other phones in its bracket.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 4

Samsung Features

One of the major plus sides of the Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 is that it sports an up-to-date version of the Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system This means that unlike other budget options, you’ll be getting one of the best and most reliable operating systems ever made.

With the Samsung moniker you’ll also benefit from a number of Samsung TouchWiz features, with the likes of ChatON coming pre-loaded on the handset. Also, another major addition is NFC or Near Field Communications, which can let Ace 4 users transfer items with a tap, rather than using Bluetooth or other slower options.

Whilst some Samsung features won’t be included, like the fingerprint scanner from the S5 or the S-Pen from the Note 4, the Ace 4 will still offer more than most similarly priced devices. Plus with regular Android updates, the fun won’t be stopping anytime soon.

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Usability

One of the greatest things about the Ace 4 is how easy it is to get going with it out of the box. Whilst we obviously have experience with phones, the Ace 4 felt like it could be used by the less experienced without a problem.

This partly comes down to the software, but is also a testament to the phone’s build, which fits snuggly in the hand and isn’t too big or too small. As with any Android phone, you can customise things dramatically, but to get yourself started it’s all easy going stuff on the Samsung phone.

Of course, this won’t be great news for flagship lovers, but then again it’s not being targeted at that market. But if you’re in need of a back-up phone or are giving this to a loved one as a gift, then you can rest assured knowing that given a few minutes, even a complete novice will be cruising through the phone with ease.

Ace 4 Features

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Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 was never going to be a game changer, but it does a great job on improving on what was once an impoverished line-up shunned by many tech enthusiasts. The Ace 4 offers much improved specs, a surprisingly good design and even some great features, as well as being user-friendly.

If you don’t want to splash the cash on a flagship phone, or if you simply need a backup for those desperate moments, you could certainly do a lot worse than the Ace 4.

Expected to hit our shelves in late October, the Galaxy Ace 4 will soon be in available to buy for around £15 – £20 per month. However, if you can’t wait that long, check out these other fantastic Samsung smartphone contracts.