Unlike it’s Blackjack predecessor, the new Samsung Ace (model SGH i780) is more sturdy, metallic and thus heavier by several grams (that’s 116g vs. 105g but it feels much much heavier to the hands). The dimensions are larger to with thickness just over 1mm more than the original 11.8mm Blackjack.
The scroll wheel on the side is gone and is now replaced by a square touchpad in the middle (which controls the mouse pointer) plus a full touch-screen functionality. Now you have two ways to navigate and you don’t need a stylus to use the touchscreen. It takes some time to get to familiarize with the navigation and menu.
The keypad orientation is basically the same, though the numeric buttons were placed closer to each other. All the other essential features of the old one are the same — HSDPA, Windows Mobile 6, 155MB internal memory + external microSD slot, 2MP camera (dual), Bluetooth and WiFi.
Some local stores carry the unit with retail price of around Php21,000.