The Samsung Galaxy Ace is available in the UK, SIM-free and unlocked, for £229.99, from third-party independent online retailer Expansys. For that price, you’ll even get free shipping, if you can wait 3-4 days for delivery. If you can’t do that, there’s also a next day delivery option that you can purchase for £6.90.
The Samsung Galaxy S is a midrange, toned-down version of the ubiquitous Galaxy S, that somehow manages to look even more like an iPhone than its bigger brother. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though, for the Galaxy Ace certainly looks classier than many devices that are also being sold at its price point.
What’s very interesting here is that this price is exactly the same as what’s being asked in the UK for pre-ordering HTC’s Wildfire S. Now these two smartphones are priced identically, and in fact are direct competitors.
On the spec list, the Galaxy Ace manages to outshine the Wildfire S ever so slightly. Its screen size is a larger 3.5 inches (compared to 3.2), although the resolution is the same 320×480, it’s got an 800 MHz processor while the Wildfire S only gets 600 MHz, and it’s also slimmer at 11.5 mm (the Wildfire S is 12.4 mm thick). However, in the end it may all come down to the fact that the Wildfire S is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and the Samsung Galaxy Ace ships with Android 2.2 Froyo. Oh, and HTC’s track record for updating its smartphones to the latest versions of Android is a bit better than Samsung’s, certainly.
Another factor that may influence prospective buyers’ choice here is represented by the UI overlays that both manufacturers have added to Android. HTC’s Sense UI or Samsung’s TouchWiz UI? Whichever you like more may just help you decide among these two smartphones. As could the fact that the Galaxy Ace is available right now, whereas the Wildfire S is expected to ship in May.
So, if after thinking about it you’ve decided you want a Samsung Galaxy Ace from Expansys UK, this is the link to click.
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