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Acer Tempo M900 review

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

M900

We liked:

As with previous Acer phones, the M900 looks good on paper, but doesn't quite cut the mustard in practise.

It has all the features you could hope for in a WinMo smart phone, including an impressively huge 3.8in LCD touch screen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a five megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and HSDPA 3G. There's even an innovative fingerprint sensor cum nav pad for novelty value.

Acer has made the effort to brighten up the Windows Mobile 6.1 OS with its own thumb-friendly shell which means you can avoid using the stylus until you're fairly deep into the menus too. Everything's in place, in other words, but somehow, it's less than the sum of its parts.

We disliked:

The touch screen wasn't really responsive enough, and we had to resort to using the stylus to get to links and apps that should have been easily accessed with our thumb.

The fingerprint sensor was fiddly and unreliable to use – it took us many attempts to get it to recognise us – and when using it as a navpad it proved tricky and unreliable, even after some practise.

The QWERTY keyboard looked the business, but the keys didn't give sufficient feedback for us to feel confident using it. It also tended to run slowly if we weren't careful about how many apps we were running at any one time

The camera at least is one of the better models we've seen on a WinMo phone, but it's certainly not as good as other 5 megapixel snappers we've seen on models from Sony Ericsson or Nokia.

Verdict:

Like the other Acers, it's a chunky workhorse that feels like something of a throwback to an earlier age of ugly, functional smart phones.

It's very well specced, but the reasons for its lowish price point become clear with extended use. If the HTC Touch Pro2 is too pricey for you, the M900 is worth considering, but prepare to be just a little bit disappointed.

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