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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Acer's paper specifications don't make the camera sound industry-leading, just quoting its 5MP stills resolution and the 720p video recording.

And, in truth, there aren't a huge number of tweaks and fiddles you can achieve with it. Having a side button for quick launch is handy, and the macro mode is capable of some stunning shots.

But when it comes to settings there's not a lot going on. There's no panorama shooting mode, and not even a flash to liven up indoor shots.

And there's one more gripe. Although the AMOLED screen is sharp and bright indoors, when you're outside and trying to frame photos it can be pretty difficult to see, especially if there's a lot of sunlight around.

There are HD (1280 x 720) and Full HD (1920 x 1080) still shooting modes to accompany the more usual 5MP, 3MP, 2MP, 1MP and 0.3MP modes, and there's also a mode to shoot at 800 x 480, which is called wallpaper mode and photographs at the native screen resolution.

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This shot, taken in shade, looks okay at first glance, but check out the left-hand grassy area and the further away parts of the water. These are the areas with the brightest light and the camera doesn't cope well here. Also, the purple flowers are something of a blur.

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In general, everyday photographs were a little bland as far as colour goes. On a fairly bright sunny day, the exposure on this photograph isn't quite what it could be. There's a lack of detail in the brickwork, for example.

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The difference between using 5-megapixel and Full HD (1920 x 1080) shooting modes is clear here. Look at how much more foreground is in the HD shot, and also at how much thinner the photo is.

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The macro mode produced some absolutely stunning shots. We'd be happy to get a print of this one – the colour reproduction and detailing is superb

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The 720p video shoots at 24 frames per second. It had the same problems coping with available light as the stills camera did, so video looks a bit washed out.

And there's another, arguably more important, issue in that video is jerky. The jerkiness exists through the whole video, rather than coming in bursts as it did on the Motorola Milestone XT720, which also shoots 720p.

As we've already noted, any content shot on the handset can be sent directly to a device with HDMI support. There's a port on the Acer Stream, and a cable is provided. You can control video playback using the buttons on the front of the Acer Stream.

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Quality is comparable to what you see on the screen – jerkiness present but not wholly unwatchable by any means.

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.