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Acer neoTouch S200 review

Niall Magennis

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8

Acer is a name most people associate with laptops rather than smartphone, but the company purchased the Glofiish brand in 2008 and released its first batch of handsets this year. These early offerings were a bit of a mixed bag. While the F900 was quite impressive, the X960 and M900 looked outdated before they had even hit the shelves. However, Acer is back with four handsets built on the new 'Windows Phone' (v6.5) operating system. We'll be taking a look at these phones in more detail over the coming weeks, but first up is the rather speedy neoTouch S200.

One thing is for sure, no one can accuse this handset of being under specified. For starters, it's only the second device, after Toshiba's TG01, to hit the market with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. Of course, clock speed isn't everything when it comes to processors, but the Snapdragon really is a seriously fast CPU and the extra speed it offers is definitely noticeable here.

The processor is helped along by a decent amount of memory. There's 512MB of ROM (of which around 220MB is free) and 256MB of RAM (with 100MB free). Plus if you need more storage space you can add it via the microSD card slot which is slightly awkwardly placed under the battery cover (although mercifully you don't actually have to remove the battery to swap cards).

Acer hasn't skimped when it comes to the screen either. The display is quite large at 3.8in and, although it uses resistive rather than capacitance technology, it feels much more responsive than the screen used on Acer's F900 handset. The display also has a relatively high resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, which makes it ideal for viewing web pages, and as it's bright and produces really strong vibrant colours, videos and photos look ace.

Naturally, all the connectivity bases are covered off nicely. The phone is quad-band and supports HSDPA for fast data access on the move. There's also Bluetooth 2.1 EDR and Wi-Fi Wireless B and G (sadly N is not supported, but then it's hardly needed on a smartphone). As with most of today's smartphones the handset also has onboard GPS. There's no navigation software included, but Google Maps is preloaded and the GPS chip worked fine with this. However, it was a tad slow to lock onto satellites and determine our position from a cold start.

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Kamika

October 21, 2009, 5:18 am

Acer.... really, hate everything about acer, crap brand.. on paper their hardware is always great, full of features but on real life its cheep crap!


just thinking in having a mobile with a acer logo naaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, don't think so... keep away, that's my advice :))

Stelph

October 21, 2009, 3:44 pm

What is the physical size of the phone? Didnt see it in the review and its one of the more interesting parts for me!

DrDark

October 21, 2009, 5:50 pm

@Stelph: Maybe this'll help http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...





@Kamika: I'd have to disagree. I've always found Acer the most reliable "cheap" brand. They won't win any design awards, but are well fit for the job. I've had disc drives, monitors and laptops by them and can't complain.





This is probably the cheapest "Windows Phone" on the market. Even I'd be tempted if I weren't such a Nokia fan {Also I'm a bit broken, and the wife won't loan me funds for a new phone :-( }.

jacko

October 21, 2009, 7:43 pm

So it's an 'OK' smart phone, but gets 8 out of 10? Wow!! And you can hardly hear any callers on the line, so it isn't even an 'OK' phone!





I think you need to redefine the scores on a lot of these reviews.

Chris

October 21, 2009, 8:25 pm

Superficially, I've always found Acer's products to be a bit creaky and plasticky. The only Acer product I'd seriously consider buying would be their Timeline laptops, so perhaps they need to refresh their brand image a bit. I'd settle for slightly better materials though.

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