Conclusion: If the Samsung Ace were a little faster or more polished, it could be a killer option for globe-trotting Sprint users. But as is, there are better options for Sprint users both at home and abroad.
Pros: Excellent keyboard. Roams to Europe.
Cons: No text messaging in GSM mode. Feels slow. Data overseas is very expensive.
Samsung Ace SPH-i325 Has A Winning Hand, But Not A Flush
Personal Electronics buzz
7 September 2008
Excerpt: I went shopping for a world-wide smartphone like the Blackberry and came up with the Samsung Ace. For me, price does matter and I am limited in my area to Sprint and Verizon. The Sprint Store has a promotion going on for the Ace. It costs $199 with a 2-year contract. After several months of use, I am happy to report the Samsung Ace and Sprint are working fine for me.
Excerpt: The coolest thing about the Sprint ACE is that it's the first dual-mode Windows Mobile smartphone available. That means it supports both CDMA and GSM/GPRS networks, which can come in very handy if you travel a lot.
Excerpt: The Samsung Ace is the first Windows Mobile Standard device since the release of the fondly remembered Pocket PC Smartphone powered i600 on Sprint. How does it stack up against incumbents such as the Q9c and other similar devices on the Now Network? The Samsung Ace is positioned on Sprint as a device for the road warrior with EVDO data and a dual-band GSM radio for international roaming, but after really using it for a few weeks, there are shining advantages and...
Pros: Fast data, Internet Explorer, Sprint TV, call quality and phone usage above average.
Cons: Near useless keyboard, Bluetooth 1.2, camera woefully average with no flash, (Still) no GPS access.
Conclusion: Overall the Ace is a very strong entry from Samsung, but the exclusion of Office Mobile is very curious and it loses some points for the keyboard design. Other than that the Ace stacks up well with other Windows Mobile 6 Standard devices. Being a world phone is a major bonus, with even more points for an unlocked SIM slot. As we have come to expect from Samsung the build quality is top notch. While we did not care for the keyboard, those with small hands and fingers...
Pros: Dual mode CDMA/GSM for international use, Small form factor, Bright, crisp screen, Unlocked SIM, More memory than most WM6 Standard devices, Ultimate customization and endless third party support for WM6
Cons: Keyboard is cramped and keys are odd shaped, No Office Mobile, No GPS
Review: Samsung's CDMA/GSM SPH-i325 Ace for Sprint
26 February 2008
Excerpt: AT&T has been selling a lot of its BlackJack smartphones over the past year, but now it seems that Sprint has its own card up its sleeve, the SPH-i325 Ace from Samsung. We put the dual-mode GSM/CDMA Ace through its paces and came up very pleased with the results.
Summary: Samsung’s series of Android-fuelled Galaxy handsets span the smartphone spectrum, from entry-level gems like the Mini, Portal and Europa, right through to dual-core flagship powerhouse, the Galaxy S2. Now, sitting somewhere in the middle, is the newest member, the Galaxy Ace, coming across like a junior Galaxy S.