Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 review: Ace in the hole
Froyo heart, TouchWiz blood
The Galaxy Ace S5830 is among the first Froyo-powered smartphones in the Samsung lineup. It comes with the TouchWiz, launcher preinstalled. There are four buttons docked at the bottom of the homescreen, which stay there even when you open the app drawer.
We have a short video demo of the Galaxy Ace interface to get us started:
The customizations start on the homescreen where you have up to seven panes to populate with widgets but you don’t have to use all the screens all the time. If you need less, deleting the extra ones will speed up navigation. You can zoom out with a pinch gesture to the enter edit mode,where you can add, remove and rearrange the homescreen panes as you see fit.
The notification area, one of the Android strong points, is the updated variety we saw on the Galaxy S Giorgio Armani - it has five switches for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, sound and rotation-lock.
Pressing the menu button on the homescreen and then selecting add will let you put more content on your homescreen homescreen (a press and hold on the homescreen does the same trick), add/delete homescreen panes or change the wallpaper. Live wallpapers are supported too, though there is only one preinstalled and you will have to get the rest from the market. The contextual menu has shortcuts too for search, notifications and settings.
Typically the main menu consists of side-scrollable panes, much like the homescreen, instead of a vertical scrollable grid (like in the vanilla Android). List view is not available.
You can edit the menu just like you do the homescreen: pinch to zoom out and you can add new or re-arrange the current menu panes.
The menu has an alternative edit mode, which lets you rearrange and uninstall applications (only those that you have installed and not the preinstalled ones).
An interesting change in the Android 2.2-compatible version of Samsung’s TouchWiz launcher is the built-in task manager. Complete with a homescreen widget that shows the number of currently active apps, it saves you the need to install a task killer.
Here are some benchmarks of the Galaxy Ace: