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Acer Tempo M900 review

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

The M900's camera is a step up from the X960, offering 5 megapixels instead of 3.2. It's not bad for a WinMo handset, though not really in the same league as the likes of Sony Ericsson's C903 or Nokia's N97, though it easily stands comparison with HTC's Touch Diamond2.

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It takes about four seconds to start up – not great but not bad – and offers auto exposure, three focus settings (centre, face detection and multi-zone – you can flip between these using the jog dial), anti-shake and multishot (three, five or nine pics in quick succession) options.

It can deliver a maximum still photo resolution of 2560x1920 pixels and there are effects such as sepia, greyscale, negative and mirror, four white balance settings, and a 4x digital zoom, operated by running your thumb up or down the nav pad.

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FOCUS: the camera has trouble focusing, with pictures appearing washed-out

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COLOURS: the camera is unable to capture what we would call 'vivid' colours

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OVERALL: it's a decent effort but certainly no compact replacement

Pics taken in good light were surprisingly sharp, though light and colour balance occasionally goes awry and edging soon breaks up under magnification. The LED flash is fairly bright, but as usual, is only worth bothering with if you're within a metre or so of your subject.

Maximum video resolution is 640x480 pixels in 3GP format which drops the quality considerably, especially in anything less than excellent light, with quite a lot of noise and occasional screen lag too.

All in all, it's not a bad camera for this kind of phone, and our main problem with it was really the positioning of the shutter button, which encouraged us to keep sliding out the phone's keyboard every time we pressed it.

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