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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Even before we switched the Acer Stream on, it looked like web browsing was going to be a pleasure. A capacitive 800 x 480-pixel display is always begging for pinch to zoom support, and this was present and correct.

And the impressive performance doesn't stop there. The 1GHz processor, here to help primarily with things like video playback, works wonders at rendering even complex pages like the TechRadar home page quickly.

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The pinch to zoom support is superb, with fast reactions to our fingers gliding over the page, so again we've no complaints there.

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And text reflowing support is included, so whether you're in portrait or widescreen mode, you can read all the text on a page without needing to fiddle about scrolling too much, although it can take a while to re-jig the words into the smaller space.

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When it comes to entering URLs, the bottom row of the keyboard reconfigures to offer you 'www.', '.com', dot and forward-slash buttons, so that getting these bits and pieces typed out is as fast as it can be.

That's good as far as it goes, but '.co.uk' is still a bit of a fiddle to enter, though.

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There is no Flash support, so watching embedded video from the likes of the BBC website is out of bounds.

At least the YouTube client worked, with smooth rendering of video on the sharp and clear screen.

When it comes to other uses of the internet there's a Facebook client and TwiDroid app for your Tweeting needs already on board, although you'll probably want to upgrade them to the better versions as soon as possible.

The familiar Acer add-ons of urFooz and Spinlets are present, though. The former is a silly app that enables you to create custom avatars, while the latter is designed to stream media for free.

We've never really been too enamoured of Spinlets, and this latest experience was not a lot different, but it's something else to explore at the very least.

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.