Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos review: Pocket rockets
Standard organizational tools
The Samsung S6802 Galaxy Ace Duos comes with Quickoffice - a document viewer that can handle Word and Excel files, as well as PDFs and PowerPoint. Unfortunately, the version preinstalled is not the Pro version and document editing is disabled.
The calendar has four different types of view: list, daily, weekly and monthly. Adding a new event is quick and easy, and you can also set an alarm to act as a reminder.
The list view (often referred to as Agenda view) shows a list of all the calendar entries from the recent past to the near future. It's a very handy tool when you need to check your appointments for the next few days.
There is also a calculator aboard. It is nicely touch optimized - the buttons are big enough and easy to hit. Turning the phone landscape reveals more advanced calculator functions.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos' Clock application can turn your device into a desk clock, from where you can set various alarms, each with their own start and repeat time. There is also a quick shortcut to the music player, as well as a slide show option.
The Memo app is pretty self-explanatory - it lets you create text memos, complete with SNS integration.
You also get a Voice recorder to round off the organizer functionality.
Google Maps and GPS
The Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos managed to get a GPS lock in just under a minute without A-GPS. A-GPS can speed up the lock (but it involves data traffic). Cell-ID and Wi-Fi positioning are also available if all you need is a rough location, but they need a data connection too.
Google Maps is a standard part of the Android package and we've covered it many times before. It offers voice-guided navigation in certain countries and falls back to a list of instructions elsewhere. You can plan routes, search for nearby POI and go into the always-cool Street View.
The latest version uses vector maps, which are very data efficient and easy to cache. The app will reroute you if you get off course, even without a data connection.
3D buildings are shown for some of the bigger cities and you can use two-finger camera tilt and rotate to get a better view of the area.
Google Play Store and Samsung Apps market
The Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos has the latest version of the Google Play app store. The new name and icon aside there aren't major changes to the look and feel. In select countries, aside from apps you'll also find music, movies and books.
Upon launch of the Market app you're greeted with the tiled interface of the Featured window. A swipe to the right takes you to the Categories view.
Swiping to the left takes you through Top Paid, Top Free, Top Grossing, Top New Paid, Top New Free and Trending (the ones with growing popularity). New sections are available such as Staff Picks, Editor's Choice and more.
Downloads are easy and won't take more than a couple of seconds. Before you agree to download an app, the Market will show you what features the app requires access to (e.g. Internet connectivity, access to the file system, etc.).
Samsung Apps works in much the same way; there's a featured interface which shows the more popular app highlights, as well as pages which display the newest and most downloaded applications.
There's also the option to browse through app categories, and installing an app is done in exactly the same way as in the Play Store.