Acer Stream review

The Stream is Acer's best smartphone ever. But is it even in the same league as rest?

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The Acer Stream will pull contacts in from a range of different apps, but it can't do quite as much as other social networking handsets can.

It'll gather your Facebook friends, and any that you've got squirreled away in Google, as well as pulling in corporate contacts via Exchange.

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But if you're a fan of Twitter or MySpace and have contacts there too, there's no simple tool for pulling those in.

Entering contacts manually is not too much of a pain since the look and feel of the user interface is quite friendly.

It's a shame you can't tap the photo icon and pop straight into the camera to take a picture of any new-found friends though.

Instead, tapping the icon takes you to the photo gallery, assuming you've already got a photo in stock.

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There's nothing especially fancy about the dialler at first glance, though when you tap the menu button you see that you can get access to speed dials, although they are a couple of screen presses away.

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Messaging

Messaging is straightforward and the capacitive touchscreen means the keyboard works well in both portrait and landscape modes.

It switches between the two modes very quickly, and the predictive text system seems very good at second guessing what you want to type. However, despite being adequate at text entry, the keyboard isn't great - you'll be frequently reaching for the backspace key, especially in portrait mode..

But this is still light years ahead of the Acer Liquid E, which used the default Android keyboard, complete with irrational auto-correct choices – we're glad it's been upgraded.

What we really don't get, though, is the little icon that's to the left of the Space bar. Tap it and you can change the text entry language.

It seems a bit odd to have this accessible every time you type out a text. And, because it's next to the Space bar, it is easy to hit by accident. Do that, and it is eight taps (to get through all the languages) before you're back at English again. Grrrr!

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory2 GB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourSilver
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameAcer
Battery Talk Time5 Hour
Product ModelStream S110
Screen Size9.4 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Weight (Approximate)126 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.1 Eclair
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height119.5 mm
Width63 mm
Depth11.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time9601.92 Hour
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product NameS110 Stream Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeProximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberXP.H4UEN.005
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

The ultimate entertainment smartphone Powerful processor. Cutting-edge design. High-definition graphics. HDMI connectivity. Dolby sound... With the Acer Stream, everything else is in slow motion.

Do everything in HD

With the Acer Stream, you can now do everything in 720P high definition resolution, whether it's making your own HD movies, streaming endless YouTube videos or, when you just want to kick back and relax, watching full-length, Xvid feature films with stunning clarity. Want everything in HD? Stream it!

AMOLED efficiency, high-definition entertainment

The large, 3.7" high-resolution (WVGA) AMOLED capacitive multitouch screen with 1.6m colors is the perfect mix of cutting-edge energy-saving technology and stunning high-definition graphics.