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Acer Stream review

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

With all this going on, battery life is likely to be quite an issue. Acer supplies the Acer Stream with a fairly generous 1400mAh battery, and it really needs it.

We found that we went from 100 per cent charge to 92 per cent charge in 20 minutes of video and stills shooting – about average, and much better than the Acer Liquid E, which practically gave up the second you switched it on.

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However, that's just one example. We drained the battery in half a day during a session of very heavy fiddling with GPS, HDMI output and 3G data.

Most of our time with the Acer Stream was spent being pretty heavy on its power resources and, in everyday life, the average user is very likely to be lighter on the phone.

But, as with every other smartphone we can think of, you're going to need to budget for a daily battery charge, and if you're going to be using this regularly for video, then a midday charge might not be out the question.

However, this is no different to a plethora of other smartphones, the iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S included, so it's not really a negative point.

Like any smartphone worth its salt the Acer Stream has GPS, and like a good Android handset it has Google Maps installed.

That gives you the ability for point to point navigation with spoken instructions right out of the box, rather than having to download them the first time you use Google Maps Navigation.

We found the GPS took a very long time to get its first fix, but thereafter it maintained connections well.

Comparison

The Acer Stream's most obvious competition is the Motorola Milestone XT720 and HTC Desire. Both are top of the range smartphones with a long list of high-end features.

The Desire lacks the rich multimedia capability of the Acer Stream, but it does have what we still consider to be the market-leading user interface, and the Android Market can fill any holes in the media performance.

The Motorola Milestone XT720 shares the Acer Stream's 720p video shooting. While results from both device are far from perfect, the more significant jerky bouts from the Motorola put it behind the Acer Stream in our view.

And we do like the Stream's integrated media player, nemoPlayer as well as the rather super MusicA service.

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The Acer Stream is let down in respect of both its rivals by a screen which isn't as viewable in bright conditions, and that, for any serious video watching fan, could be a major disadvantage.

Acer stream

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.