Samsung Galaxy Ace, Three PAYG, £100 + £10/15 top-up @ Three

Samsung Galaxy Ace, Three PAYG, £100 + £10/15 top-up @ ThreeGet this Samsung Galaxy Ace deal @ Three Mobile

The Samsung Galaxy Ace remains one of the most popular phones around the £100-ish mark, and you can currently grab one for £99.99 from Three Mobile.

There’s an obligatory top-up of £10 or £15. All-in-one 15 offers 3,000 texts, 300 minutes and all-you-can-eat data, while All-in-one 10 offers 3,000 texts, 100 minutes and 500MB of data.

Check out our Samsung Galaxy Ace specs page.

(Thanks to xxvv at HUKD)

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mrew42  Apr. 11, 2012 at 13:31

Not being used to the budget end of handsets, how does this compare with say the Orange San Fran, or HTC Wildfire s?

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 11, 2012 at 13:39

Better than both, worse than the Lumia 710 (even taking into account WP7 vs Android).

mrew42  Apr. 11, 2012 at 14:42

Thanks Matt
My son's birthday is looming and a number of handsets lately have dropped into the required price range :)
Cheers
Mike

Pondlife  Apr. 11, 2012 at 14:50

I don't agree, dont think it's that straightforward osf has much higher res screen, more ram, more internal memory. Though this has faster processor and likely far better camera. Swings and roundabouts. Doubt it'd be easy to find osf anyway though.
Similarly priced osf2 beats it specwise on all but number of screen colours although camera likely is better on Ace.
Is the Ace still Froyo as the specs link above?

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 11, 2012 at 15:07

The processor in the OSF can't handle the higher res. screen, it's nearly as old as time itself (it's based on ARMv6 technology).

I'd get your son the Lumia 710, it's my current sub-£150 phone of choice. Btw, if I may be so bold, could I enquire as to what the required price range for your son's new phone is?

Pondlife  Apr. 11, 2012 at 15:29

The processor in the OSF can't handle the higher res. screen, it's nearly as old as time itself (it's based on ARMv6 technology).

It does rather well tbh. Shame the same couldn't be said of the camera though.

mrew42  Apr. 11, 2012 at 15:32

The processor in the OSF can't handle the higher res. screen, it's nearly as old as time itself (it's based on ARMv6 technology).

I'd get your son the Lumia 710, it's my current sub-£150 phone of choice. Btw, if I may be so bold, could I enquire as to what the required price range for your son's new phone is?


roundabout a hundred quid. I did think about the Lumia but he wants Android for the sheer number of fart apps it has :/

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 11, 2012 at 15:32

I know it flicks around its UI ok, but it uses a fair amount of it's total processing power just to do that. Ask it to do things over and above that and it'll start to sweat very quickly.

mrew42  Apr. 11, 2012 at 15:34

The processor in the OSF can't handle the higher res. screen, it's nearly as old as time itself (it's based on ARMv6 technology).

It does rather well tbh. Shame the same couldn't be said of the camera though.


Yep, my daughter had had one for a year or two now and it does her just fine.
Agreed though, the camera is sh*te!

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 11, 2012 at 15:34

The processor in the OSF can't handle the higher res. screen, it's nearly as old as time itself (it's based on ARMv6 technology).

I'd get your son the Lumia 710, it's my current sub-£150 phone of choice. Btw, if I may be so bold, could I enquire as to what the required price range for your son's new phone is?


roundabout a hundred quid. I did think about the Lumia but he wants Android for the sheer number of fart apps it has :/

Top lad you've got there, I think we all secretly appreciate a good fart app :p. Erm, I'll look into ~£100 Android phones for you (the Ace isn't a bad shout though, it'll definitely be on my list).

Pondlife  Apr. 11, 2012 at 15:34

Tbh what the kids friends have got is likely to be just as relevant as which one is best. Having the same apps and games..

He wrote belatedly as the conversation moved on *blushing smiley*

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 11, 2012 at 15:35

The processor in the OSF can't handle the higher res. screen, it's nearly as old as time itself (it's based on ARMv6 technology).

It does rather well tbh. Shame the same couldn't be said of the camera though.


Yep, my daughter had had one for a year or two now and it does her just fine.
Agreed though, the camera is sh*te!

I forget sometimes that I push my phones far harder than an average person. I'm sure the OSF is fine for "normal" use. I'll stop slagging it off now :p.

mrew42  Apr. 11, 2012 at 15:40

Thanks Matt.
I've looked so far at the Galaxy Y - makes the OSF feel expensive, HTC Explorer - why bother when the Wikdfire is not far off pricewise, OSF, OSFII and Monte Carlo, but the Ace looks the most interesting for the money.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 11, 2012 at 15:50

I'd recommend looking more closely at the:

Orange Monte Carlo (a lot of phone for the money)
OSF2/T-Mobile Vivacity (same specs, different cases)
Samsung Galaxy Ace

I'd avoid the Wildfire as its screen is simply terrible and the Wildfire S is still too expensive, the resolution is so low everything looks crap on it and it's tiny. I'd also avoid second hand high end phone from a few years ago (Galaxy S and Desire, for example) as the outer-cases are likely to be pretty worn out by now and the batteries will be totally wrecked. They'll also be out of their 24 month warranty so if anything does go wrong, you're stuffed.

Pondlife  Apr. 11, 2012 at 16:05

I forget sometimes that I push my phones far harder than an average person. I'm sure the OSF is fine for "normal" use. I'll stop slagging it off now :p.

Tbh I've read about playing all kinds of games that I wouldn't expect it to be able to run (some only purchasable by lying to google play about what phone it is lol) so I think it's quite pushable.
I wouldn't buy a new one myself now but still not much that comes close at it's price range. That said hoping not to have to get anything til 4g hits.

Some areas it deserves a slagging in tbh, camera, speaker quality, autobrightness, and until I read about issues with the One X I was despairing at the finish chipping away in places but it's rather older than the week that is.

Pondlife  Apr. 11, 2012 at 16:08

They'll also be out of their 24 month warranty so if anything does go wrong, you're stuffed.

Are they transferable anyway?

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 11, 2012 at 16:09

I forget sometimes that I push my phones far harder than an average person. I'm sure the OSF is fine for "normal" use. I'll stop slagging it off now :p.

Tbh I've read about playing all kinds of games that I wouldn't expect it to be able to run (some only purchasable by lying to google play about what phone it is lol) so I think it's quite pushable.
I wouldn't buy a new one myself now but still not much that comes close at it's price range. That said hoping not to have to get anything til 4g hits.

Some areas it deserves a slagging in tbh, camera, speaker quality, autobrightness, and until I read about issues with the One X I was despairing at the finish chipping away in places but it's rather older than the week that is.

Playing and playable are different, it has a 600mhz ARMv6 processor running exactly the same OS that far, far more powerful devices run.

I know people love the OSF but it has its limits and those limits are relatively low. especially in 2012.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 11, 2012 at 16:11

They'll also be out of their 24 month warranty so if anything does go wrong, you're stuffed.

Are they transferable anyway?

Meh, depends what the warranty terms say (and if you have proof of original purchase).

For example, if I bought a phone and then sold it to you 12 months later and gave you the receipt, how would HTC or Samsung be able to prove that is wasn't you that bought the phone, if the phone then broke whilst you owned it?

Pondlife  Apr. 11, 2012 at 16:17

Meh, depends what the warranty terms say (and if you have proof of original purchase).

For example, if I bought a phone and then sold it to you 12 months later and gave you the receipt, how would HTC or Samsung be able to prove that is wasn't you that bought the phone, if the phone then broke whilst you owned it?


Good point, unless they registered it. Only 2nd had phone I ever bought was the nokia 7110 anyway and that was way out of warranty. Really liked that slider revealing the keypad. Anyway I spy the topic way over there lol. Hauling my way back...

3 not a favourite network of many, I've not had any trouble with it myself. Will likely be locked so if thinking about it for a different network worth keeping in mind.

Pondlife  Apr. 11, 2012 at 16:32

Playing and playable are different, it has a 600mhz ARMv6 processor running exactly the same OS that far, far more powerful devices run.

I know people love the OSF but it has its limits and those limits are relatively low. especially in 2012.


True, though they claim they are playable, mostly those games don't interest me on such a screen size. Besides at the sub £100 we aren't really dealing with far far more powerful devices.

Again true, but those limits are still above much of the competition at real budget end of android.

Hope this isn't coming across as argumentative btw not what I'm aiming for. :)

SpeedyG  Apr. 11, 2012 at 19:41

Mike, does your son like vodafone? they will bring out a brand new Android phone soon for £100 that has decent specs. As long as he doesn't mind the name (Hauwei), he can bag a decent phone for not a lot of dosh.

Here's a link for more info. http://www.mobot.net/exclusive-vodafone-deal-interested-read-on :D

Pondlife  Apr. 11, 2012 at 19:57

Shame it's vodafone, maybe it'll be easily unlocked though :)
Looks a real bargain.

mrew42  Apr. 11, 2012 at 20:59

Mike, does your son like vodafone? they will bring out a brand new Android phone soon for £100 that has decent specs. As long as he doesn't mind the name (Hauwei), he can bag a decent phone for not a lot of dosh.

Here's a link for more info. http://www.mobot.net/exclusive-vodafone-deal-interested-read-on :D


Yeah just been looking at that too, cheers.
Choices choices. Voda is very doable.
He won't care to much about the brand. I'm buying it :)

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 11, 2012 at 21:02

Mike, does your son like vodafone? they will bring out a brand new Android phone soon for £100 that has decent specs. As long as he doesn't mind the name (Hauwei), he can bag a decent phone for not a lot of dosh.

Here's a link for more info. http://www.mobot.net/exclusive-vodafone-deal-interested-read-on :D


Yeah just been looking at that too, cheers.
Choices choices. Voda is very doable.
He won't care to much about the brand. I'm buying it :)

The Huawei is better than any of the phones I mentioned earlier, it's a great buy.

SpeedyG  Apr. 11, 2012 at 21:37

Mike, does your son like vodafone? they will bring out a brand new Android phone soon for £100 that has decent specs. As long as he doesn't mind the name (Hauwei), he can bag a decent phone for not a lot of dosh.

Here's a link for more info. http://www.mobot.net/exclusive-vodafone-deal-interested-read-on :D


Yeah just been looking at that too, cheers.
Choices choices. Voda is very doable.
He won't care to much about the brand. I'm buying it :)


Nice one mate. :) Ask instore about it and when it will come instock, might be on pre-order, so check it out. If it's hard to get instore, it will be available online I guess.

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