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Samsung Galaxy Ace Q -- Smartphone for keyboarders
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Samsung Galaxy Ace Q — Smartphone for keyboarders

The Galaxy Ace Q looks sort of like the Samsung Galaxy line of smartphones that shrunk and got a bit chubby. It reminds me of a typical chocolate bar phone of a few years ago.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Q

The question is..why would anyone want this itty bitty little phone with the 3.2″ HVGA 540 x 960 pixel screen, with a 800MHz processor running Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread? I’ll tell you why..the keyboard..The Ace Q s one of the few smartphones you can buy with a slide-out full 4 row QWERTY keyboard..Plus it is really inexpensive.

Inexpensive, but not cheaply built..this solid little phone from Samsung feels good in the hand weighing in at 121 grams and measuring 113.5 x 59.0 x 12.1 mm. The small screen is not the brightest I have ever seen  and it has a narrow viewing angle but it gets the job done indoors.

The keyboard slides out easily and feels well attached..no loose hinge here..I believe it will stand up to heavy use..which is probably what it will get since this phone will appeal to texters who want something better than a feature phone. The keyboard is a good size and is well laid out for two thumb typing. The buttons are however a tad on the stiff side.

There is no front facing camera and the 3MP rear camera shoots stills only and there is no flash so indoor shooting is pretty much out of the question. In decent light the pictures are surprisingly good but don’t expect to blow them up too much..I wouln’t think of printing bigger than 4 x 5 inches. The shutter is pretty fast and the camera software offers burst and panorama shooting and there is a smile detector that sort of works some of the time.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace Q is available from TELUS for $29.99 with a three year plan or $199.99 with no plan. If you absloutely must have a hardware keyboard then this is the phone for you. Otherwise there are bettter choices if you want an entry level smartphone..the HTC One V comes to mind.

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Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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