Acer Tempo M900 review

Acer's third Windows Mobile smart phone has a QWERTY keyboard and 5 megapixel camera

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The Acer M900's large 3.8in TFT LCD resistive touch screen cuts quite a dash, and it's bigger than most of its rivals like the 3.6in HTC Pro2, or the 3.5in iPhone. It offers 800x480-pixel resolution and it's sharp, bright and clear, though the option to save on the not terribly impressive battery life by dimming the screen is well worth taking

There are two programmable soft keys at the bottom and you can adjust the scroll speed of the touch screen as well as set exceptions for various programmes but you can't change the sensitivity. This is a shame, because it's really not as sensitive as it could be, and we found ourselves having to make several presses to activate apps and links on too many occasions.

Keyboard

Other recent QWERTY keyboard phones like HTC's Touch Pro2 or Nokia's N97 allow you to angle the screen for the optimum viewing/typing interface angle, but the M900's having none of that malarkey – it simply slides out, rather sharply, and expects you to get on with it.

Acer m900 keyboard

On the face of it, this keyboard should be a bit of a cracker with four lines of well-spaced, backlit keys, including direction arrows, plus two additional soft keys at either side and indicator lights for the Fn and Caps functions. They're arranged in a gently curved crescent and there are 41 keys in all. The number keys are doubled up on the letter keys and are accessed by pressing the Fn key.

It looks great, but the keys aren't as responsive or as well-defined as we'd hoped and we couldn't always tell when we were striking the right keys. Having to press two keys for a full stop or '@' never goes down well with us either.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 850, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameAcer
Battery Talk Time6 Hour
Product ModelM900
Screen Size9.7 cm (3.8")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Weight (Approximate)188 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerSamsung
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Operating System VersionWindows Mobile 6.1 Professional
Messaging TypeEmail, SMS (Short Message Service), Instant Messaging, MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
Height119 mm
Width62 mm
Depth17.1 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time300 Hour
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product NameM900 Smartphone
Processor Speed533 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, G-sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberXP.H430N.008
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

For those who need to have access to email and files at all times, the Acer M900 is an ideal smart handheld device. It allows you to keep track of your activities and access your contacts and files through synchronization with your notebook or desktop computer. High tech and reliable, the Acer M900 provides security and convenience for the effective management of your business communications on the go.

Package Contents
  • M900 Smartphone
  • Mini USB headset
  • Mini USB sync cable
  • Mini USB AC adaptor
  • Battery pack
Limited Warranty2 Year
Standard Memory128 MB