Acer Stream review, specs, price

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Acer just launched a new smartphone called Acer Stream. Acer Stream is a high end multimedia smartphone , optimized for watching movies, listening to music and enjoying web browsing. You would rightfully expect the Stream to be a strong multimedia contender of mobile entertainment on your hand.

Acer Stream comes with 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM, a 512MB ROMa 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen with resolution of 800 x 400 pixels (WVGA) , HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi b/g/n, all in a chassis that’s 11.2mm thick to ensuring users a unique, unrepeatable experience. The Acer Stream phone runs with Android 2.1 Éclair operating system with Acer Touch 3D UI and carries a dimension of 119.5 x 63 x 11.2 mm and weighs only 140 grams.

The Stream smartphone features 5 megapixel autofocus camera with 720p video recording at 24fps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3.5mm headset jack, Dolby Mobile sound enhancement, HDMI port and integrated GPS system allow photos and videos to be geotagged. You can connect the device to your home TV with HDMI port and watch a movie on a larger screen.

Sleek and stylish around the front, the Stream is, let down considerably by the rubbery plastic backing that deducts from its high-end looks and makes it feel disconcertingly light and flexible in the hand. The Acer Stream screen’s multi-touch capabilities handle commands such as the basic pinch to zoom function with minimal effort.

The virtual keyboard options on the Stream include a full QWERTY, traditional mobile handset configuration and there’s a mash-up middle-ground also in the fray. All are comfortable to the touch, spacious and easy to navigate although slightly slow to respond on occasions and with a predictive text system that at times decides to take its own, seemingly random tangent. The Acer Stream is actually one of those rare cases where the interesting stuff happens below the screen. This is where you will find four navigation keys, namely Home, Search, Back and Menu.

While the Acer Stream mobile phoneis a strong handset, despite having a spec to rival the cream of the smartphone crop such as the HTC Desire, the user experience is far less intuitive, but ultimately it lacks that killer wow factor necessary to take it to the top. The Acer Stream smartphone will be available starting August 9 at a price of £ 399 or equivalent to $600.

 

Acer Stream Specifications

* AMOLED 3.7 inch WVGA display with 1.6m colors
* 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and HD video recording of up to 720p @24fps
* Qualcomm Snapdragon 8250 1GHz processor
* 2GB Internal memory and 8/16 GB microSD card slot
* 512 MB ROM and 512 MB RAM
* Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity
* Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
* Acer UI 4.0
* Dolby Mobile
* FM Radio
* 5 hours 3G talk time
* 1400 mAH battery

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