Mark Lerner
Mark Lerner

February 28, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Ace SAR

Sleek, stylish and well finished to the eye, in the hand the Samsung Galaxy Ace is - despite its budget plastic construction and weight-saving efforts - a surprisingly reassuring offering, with little flex when put under pressure.

Well-constructed, the Samsung Galaxy Ace features no unsightly seams or unnerving spaces between components, but does suffer from a selection of poorly placed buttons.

The 3.5-inch screen uses capacitive touchscreen technology and is extremely responsive, though its HVGA (320 x 480) pixel resolution and its LCD panel look a little dull and blocky.

Samsung finds space for a 5-megapixel camera and an LED flash on the back of the Ace, alongside an external speaker grille. There's a headphone socket at the top of this phone, and a microSD card slot on the right-hand side, filled with a 2GB card that can be replaced with a card up to 32GB in capacity.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace's popularity stems mainly from its low price point, but in terms of functionality it certainly seems to be lacking.

As always, we at tawkon want to take a look beyond the regular review points and focus on what our users are most concerned about: radiation.

tawkon is a free application that will alert you when radiation from your phone spikes and suggest ways on how to minimize your exposure.


All Phones in the United States and Europe must be qualified/certified by a regulatory body before being sold in the market. In the United States this body is the FCC and their maximum SAR value allowed is 1.6 W/kg. 

Below is a list of the top ten most popular phones and their corresponding SAR ratings.


Position Device SAR (in W/Kg)
1 Samsung Galaxy Note II 0.171 W/Kg
2 Samsung Galaxy Nexus 0.303 W/Kg
3 Samsung Galaxy S3 0.342 W/Kg
4 Google/LG Nexus 4 0.550 W/Kg
5 HTC One S 0.687 W/Kg
6 Samsung Galaxy Ace 0.840 W/Kg
7 Apple iPhone 5 0.901 W/Kg
8 Blackberry Z10 0.970 W/Kg
9 Nokia Lumia 920 1.080 W/Kg
10 Sony Xperia S 1.370 W/Kg


Suprisingly, the Samsung Galaxy Ace has an SAR that is considerably higher than that of it's other Samsung siblings. In our top ten most popular phones chart, the top 3 lowest SAR rated phones are all Samsung, yet the Galaxy Ace falls well short, coming in at number 6. 

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