Acer Tempo X960 - Acer Tempo X960

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Like its sibling, the DX900, this handset is built around a Samsung SC3 6400 processor that ticks over at 533MHz. There’s 256MB or ROM and 128MB or RAM and once you’ve let the phone install all the bundled applications (a larger onscreen keyboard, streaming media player and backup software) at start up you’re left with 80MB of storage space so you’ll definitely need to make use the of the microSD card slot to add a bit of extra space for your apps and files.


The phone’s main strength is its range of connectivity options. It’s quad-band so you’ll be able to use it abroad without any problems and it supports HSDPA for fast web access when you’re on the move. There’s also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 as well as GPS. There’s no navigation software supplied, but Google Maps is preloaded and the phone’s SiRFstar III chip worked a treat – it was quick to lock on to satellites and establish our correct location. Call quality was also pretty good as the earpiece is nice and loud and the mic avoids picking up too much background noise.


Unlike a lot of the newest smartphones, the X960 includes a front-facing camera as well as the main shooter on the rear so you can use it for 3G video calling or video conferencing with messaging applications like Skype. The rear-mounted camera has a 3.2-megapixel resolution and features both an LED flash and a micro mirror to help you take self-portraits. However, the shots it takes are of run-of-the-mill cameraphone quality. Photos lack detail and even with the flash turned on it struggles to produce usable shots in low light conditions. Still, it’ll do for quick snaps when you haven’t got a proper camera to hand.