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Acer Stream - Processor, Screen and Camera

Niall Magennis

By Niall Magennis

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Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

But while the interface may be a bit of an issue, the handset does have many other positives. Running on a 1GHz Snapdragon processor with 512MB of RAM it feels very fast and responsive. Menu transitions are smoothly rendered and apps are incredibly quick to load.

The 3.7in screen is also highly impressive. The display’s resolution of 800 × 480 pixels means it looks pin sharp and as it uses AMOLED technology, colours look fantastically vivid and black levels are extremely deep and inky. Many OLED displays struggle to produce acceptable levels of brightness when being used outdoors, but the Stream’s screen is fairly good in this regard. It’s a capacitive display too, so you can use the pinch to zoom gesture in Google Maps and the web browser.

As you’d expect of a handset in this price range, pretty much all of the connectivity bases are covered. There’s both HSDPA and Wi-Fi, as well as GPS and Bluetooth. Call quality was also good during our test period. However, battery life was a lot less impressive, as we found we had to charge it after about a day and a half’s worth of use, whereas most smartphones will do two days.

The 5-megapixel camera sounds good on paper, especially as it also features 720p HD video recording. But while stills shots certainly don’t look too bad as the camera captures good colour and plenty of details, it’s much less impressive when it comes to video. Video captured at 720p resolution certainly doesn’t pass for what we’d call high definition, as footage is becomes extremely pixelated and jerky when you’re trying to capture anything with a bit of movement in the frame.

Unfortunately, another feature that sets the Stream apart form its rivals – its mini HDMI port – also turns out to be a bit of a disappointment. The port is tucked away next to the micro-USB socket on the top right-hand edge of the phone and Acer supplies a mini HDMI to full-sized HDMI adapter lead in the box. However, the port only works in conjunction with Acer’s own nemoPlayer software, so you can only use it to view photos or watch videos; you can’t display any other app via your TV. In fact, once you’ve got the HDMI cable connected, every time you view a photo or watch a video it asks you whether you want to switch to HDMI output. When the video or photo slideshow is finished, it dumps you right back to the standard display because it can’t even show the nemoPlayer’s menus via your TV.

Verdict

The Stream is obviously Acer's attempt to break into the big league when it comes to premium smartphones and there’s certainly much to like. It’s very fast, has a great screen and even the design is a big step forward from Acer’s previous efforts. However, it’s hampered by its poor battery life and Acer’s rather awkward user interface enhancements. Acer is definitely on the right track here, but sadly with the Stream some of the ingredients for success still haven’t made it into the mix.

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Caleb9ce

September 22, 2010, 4:02 pm

Does the Stream use PenTile Matrix in its AMOLED display? It would be good to know how the screen fares in comparison to Desire/Galaxy S.

Epic

September 22, 2010, 6:45 pm

Nothing to do with the phone but I couldn't see a better forum for commenting on the website in general - and since it's android-related......





For the last week or so browsing TR on my Android 2.1 phone I've noticed that when articles finishing loading in the browser it scrolls to the top left which effectively means I end up looking at the white left margin you seem so keen on. In order to see the content I need to scroll right. With every refresh it jumps back to the top left. As you can imagine it's somewhat annoying! Previously there was no problem - the browser happily positioned itself at the start of the actual content.





Did something change? Any chance of a fix?

Ed

September 22, 2010, 6:48 pm

@Epic: Could you email a screen shot to me, I'm not sure I understand what you're describing. There's no changes I know of that might have made such a change.

Luan Bach

September 22, 2010, 7:24 pm

@Ed


It does that in the Firefox browser on Windows as well, if you scroll half way down a page and press refresh it jumps back to the top once it's finished loading. I thought that if the page haven't changed then it should stays where the view was ? Try it on another site like http://www.guardian.co.uk/ and you'll see what I meant.

S Xero

September 23, 2010, 12:41 am

@Ed





I have (also) problems with loading content from Trustedreviews on my HTC Desire 2.2 (even with latest update). The website loads, nothing wrong. When it's done loading, the view of the browser goes all-white, viewing the area left of the content of the website itself. Sweeping right or zooming in helps show the content correctly again. Could also be a HTC-issue, have had it on another website aswell (www.estofex.org).





Pretty shitty now the flashsupport means flawless playback of Trustedreviews.

Epic

September 23, 2010, 2:54 pm

@S_Xero


Oh dear - looks like I started something here. In my case scrolling to the bottom of the page revealed that one of the ads failed to load and the resulting http error is what pushed the content off screen to the right. TR are looking into it.

Geoff Richards

September 23, 2010, 3:47 pm

@Luan Bach - I'm using FF 3.6.7 and it "resumes" half way down this page on refresh, as you describe.





@S_Xero / Epic - I'll grab an Android phone with Ed and take a look.

mkaibear

September 23, 2010, 4:03 pm

Six shortcuts?





Page 1 says " The bottom of the display contains six permanently displayed shortcuts."





The photos appear to show 8 shortcuts?

Luan Bach

September 23, 2010, 4:30 pm

@Geoff Richards: Yup, seems to work for me today, it didn't when I reported it. I thought you guys must have fixed it.

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