Galaxy Ace S5830

Samsung Galaxy Neo SHW-M220L vs Galaxy Ace S5830 Comparison

Seeing at the pictures here, both the Samsung phones look the same. Yes.. but both of them fall in the mid end category of Android phones from samsung and provide a lot of features and some entertainment as well, however cheap they might work out or identical they look. But there are quite a few differences, with one major one also. Read along to find out as we compare the Galaxy Neo and Galaxy Ace.

Samsung Galaxy NeoSamsung Galaxy Ace

The Galaxy NEO M220L is a CDMA based phones which supports high speed internet also. The old generation of CDMA, 1x is also supported along with EVDO, which is the GSM 3G equivalent in CDMA networks. The Galaxy Ace is a GSM based unlocked phone and comes with GSM and 3G on HSDPA.

Technically, Neo has CDMA 800 / 1900 and high speed CDMA2000 1xEV-DO while the Galaxy Ace has GSM on all these  850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 bands and high speed internet on HSDPA 900 / 2100.


Both the phones come with a 3.5 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen which are capable upto 16M colors. The Galaxy Ace’s screen has a 320×480 pixels resolution and is made up of Gorilla Glass, but the Galaxy Neo has a higher resolution of 480 x 800 pixels for the same screen size. That’s a notable point here.

Both the phones have two touch sensitive below the display along with a physical button. In the case of the Galaxy Neo, the physical button is also an optical trackpad which means it will do 4 way navigational functions when you slide your finger over it and also serve as a physical button when you click on it.


Galaxy Ace has a 5 Megapixel camera in the rear and does not have an LED Flash. The camera cannot do HD recording and it records video at 480p. It also comes with an LED flash in the back and does not have a secondary camera.

But the Galaxy Neo though it looks similar to the Galaxy Ace and has most of the same specifications and all, has a much poorer camera with just 3.15 Megapixels and does not have a LED flash and shoots photos at a maximum resolution of 2048×1536 pixels.

However, the Galaxy Neo has a secondary camera on the front making it one of the very few phones in the mid end segment to have a front facing camera which will make it very useful with the latest Google Talk Video, Skype and other Video messaging / calling services around for Android.


The Galaxy Neo has 4GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot which supports upto 32 Gigabytes of storage, making a total of upto 36GB. Out of the box, it does not have any memory card included in it.

On the other side, The Galaxy Ace has 160MB of internal memory and a microSD card slot which supports upto 32 Gigabytes of storage. The Ace has a 2GB card inside the box.


Wi-fi bands are the same on both the phones supporting the latest band of Wi-Fi, the 802.11n and 802.11b/g as well. Both phones have microUSB 2.0 connectivity.

GPS is available on both the phones and Bluetooth is 3.0 enabled on the Galaxy Neo with A2DP while the Galaxy Ace has Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP support.

Operating System and UI:

Samsung Galaxy Neo SHW – M220L comes with Android 2.2 Froyo and is not upgradable to Gingerbread, though Samsung might release that update very soon because the phone’s technical specifications can easily handle Gingerbread. It comes with Samsung’s User Interface, Touchwiz 3 and the Galaxy Ace comes with 2.2 Froyo but the 2.3.3 Gingerbread update is already out in many regions and you can get your Ace updated to 2.3.3.

Battery and Processor

The Galaxy Neo has a 1500mAh battery. The Galaxy Neo claims to have around  6 h 30 min hours of talktime and 310 hours of standby time while the Galaxy Ace has a 1350mAh battery and around 11 hours of talktime and 640 hours of standby backup. Battery seems to be pathetic on the Galaxy Neo, guess the CDMA network drains it that fast spite having a 1500mAH battery.

The Neo from Samsung has 512 MB of RAM and is powered by a 800 MHz ARM 11 processor while the Ace S5830 has a 800 MHz ARM 11 processor powered by a Adreno 200 GPU and Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset.


The Galaxy Neo from Samsung is an overall nice phone if you are looking for a CDMA based Android device as there aren’t many options in the market and has good features for the price range it falls in. However, make sure you check out how the battery functions as it seems to be having a very bad battery backup when you are using it, it could become a real pain in the later stages. If you’re looking for GSM phones in the average budget, Galaxy Ace fits perfectly and does most of the features you can expect from a high end android phone.


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