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Nokia Offers Special X3 Deal; Acer and Huawei Confirm New Androids

Monday, December 13th, 2010

For those of you who are hoping to great a great budget deal for a mobile phone this holiday season, Finnish phone maker Nokia has a great package that may seem expensive at first, but actually provides users with plenty of value.

Go straight to Nokia’s official online store to avail of a special offer for the Nokia X3-02 Touch and Type smart phone. The handset is available for free at a monthly tariff of 40 Pounds per month. This 2 year contract will provide the user with 1200 minutes, 1GB of data and unlimited texting. While this may seem like a commonly fair deal, Nokia tops it off with a sweet free Nokia Booklet 3G. This mini-netbook and smart phone combination is a great combination that smart phone enthusiasts would not want to pass up.

There are three awesome Android smart phones coming our way, two from Chinese manufacturer Huawei and another from Acer.

Acer is continuing the beTouch series of smart phones with the E140. This low end smart phone might be passed up on its low specs, but we suspect that it will also come with a very low price tag that will make it a tempting offer. Overall, the 2.8 inch touch screen and the 3.2 mega pixel camera leave much to be desired –but at least the device is already running version 2.2 Froyo so this is still one good Android experience waiting to happen.

Huawei has got a double offer for the tech industry with the Ideos X5 and X6 handsets. For those familiar with the brand series, Ideos is Huawei’s special line of Android phones and the two new additions live up to the standard. The X6 offers high end specs with a 1GHz CPU, 4.1 inch screen, HDMI, HD recording and a 5 mega pixel camera. The X5 will be sporting slightly lowers specs to provide buyers with an alternative.

Smart Phone News: the Top Headlines

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

LG is heavily supporting the Windows Phone 7 mobile platform with the launch of the Optimus 7 just a while back. Now it seems that a second LG made WP7 handset is also coming out: the Optimus 7Q. The Q stands for Quantum and despite the fact that it looks a lot like the Optimus 7; this is an entirely new device.

Specs wise, the Quantum still follows Microsoft’s hardware requirements though the screen is a lot smaller at 3.5 inches (still carries the required resolution at least). The best part about the new handset is the slide out QWERY keyboard.

For those looking forward to the Windows Phone 7 handset, the Dell Venue Pro, this might be a good time to belay that purchase and consider your alternatives. According to a recent report, the smart phonies having some serious hardware issues; aside from the battery problems and the issues it has been having with WiFi connectivity, the Venue Pro is now having some SIM card problems as well.

Moving on to the Android OS, Motorola’s next generation smart phone is going to be the Olympus. So far, initial reports peg this device to be the best contender for the next gen device as it packs the Tegra 2 CPU. The handset can easily be mistaken for a larger version of the previously released Motorola Defy (which has certainly made a lasting impression with its super tough casing).

A new smart phone from Acer seems pretty close in concept to the Dell Streak. The device has yet to be given an official name, but so far we are certainly interested in what it can do. The biggest draw of this handset is the 4.8 inch touch screen display –which is the closest that comes to the Streak’s 5 inch capacitive touch screen.

New Handsets from Acer and Samsung Leaked in Images

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Acer’s latest addition to its Liquid series of mobile phones has just been announced and judging from the initial images, it looks quite promising.

The Acer Liquid Android series is a pretty decent line of handsets for those who want to try out a new approach to the contemporary smart phone look. Acer’s unique style certainly makes the Liquid devices stand out -at least in appearances. In terms of specs, the devices range from the mid to high end range, providing buyers with good choices.

The new phone, called the Acer Liquid Metal is actually a lot like the previous Liquid E at first glance. The big difference is with the physical form, the Metal uses a nicely styled aluminum casing that provides with a stylish chrome finish.

It has been confirmed that the Android 2.2 Froyo will be used as the primary operating system for the handset and that it will be using a custom user interface called the Acer Shell 4.0. The CPU is a little slow for our tastes at 800MHz, but that should be more than enough to keep most apps running smoothly. The device will also have a 3.6 inch TFT capacitive touch screen display.

In the meanwhile, Samsung’s upcoming Windows Phone 7 handset has just been revealed. The new device is called the i8700 and so far, the only thing that can be confirmed about the device is that it packs 8GB of internal memory.

Many believe that this phone will be Samsung’s primary WP7 handset as the previously announced i917 Cetus has been confirmed to be a US network exclusive. In any case, the i8700 is shaping up to the technologically superior device over the i917 so there are no worries about getting the worse handset.

With Microsoft’s new mobile platform set to launch by October 11, we might be able to catch the i8700 by that time.

Confirmed: Acer Stream is Coming On August 3

Monday, July 26th, 2010

AcerStreamAccording to recent reports, the Acer Stream Android smart phone will finally be arriving in local UK stores on the first week of August.

The late launch of the handset is expected to give Acer a slow rate of sales, but considering how stylish the new smart phone looks, we can expect that this device would still be able to draw in some eager Android buyers. The only drawback is that Acer has taken too long to release their device, and with many other smart phones from other manufacturers in the same tech range already available on the market, it will be hard for the Stream to stand out.

Android smart phone users are going to be happy to know that this device lives up to the current standards of high end devices. The phone’s 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU provides the handset with speed and power when handling large apps or big video files. Speaking of big videos, users will be able to record video content in 720p HD at 30/24 FPS on the Stream’s 5 mega pixel camera.

Video playback can be done on the phone’s 3.7 inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen display. The screen has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, which means that viewing content in wide view is clear and has no stretching too.

Overall, this handset is no different from the HTC Desire or the Samsung Galaxy S. This is why it should have been released about a month ago instead of being scheduled for a launch next month. Still, for Acer’s solo effort with a smart phone (without any support from any other phone manufacturer), the Stream is actually a great handset. The only thing it could have really used is a much earlier release date. Either way, this is one impressive smart phone to look out for if you have not bought and Android handset yet.

Now Available: Acer’s Android Smart Phone

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

AcerStreamDell and Asus are not the only electronics manufacturers that have decided to expand from making computers to making mobile phones (oh, and Apple too). Acer has also joined the market. The company has been working with Garmin for a while but this new smart phone running Google’s open source mobile platform (the Android OS) is one of the very first Acer devices to be launched. The Acer Stream is available locally in the UK, but only through online retailer eXpansys.

With so many other Android devices out on the market, one might ask, why bother with the Acer Stream. After all, the other choices are also pretty good: Google’s Nexus One is basically the way the Android is truly meant to be (and it gets priority updates from Google too). HTC has already been established as key partners in the development of the OS, making the Desire and the Legend equally worth getting.

Sony Ericsson offers style and unmatched form factor with the XPERIA X10 while Samsung gives superior visual quality with the super AMOLED screen of the Galaxy S. Even Dell’s Mini 5 Streak comes with a large touch screen display at 5 inches.

The Stream on the other hand, focuses heavily on HD video. The camera is only 5 mega pixels –not different from the other devices, but it also records videos at 720p HD quality and more importantly, the phone comes with a mini HDMI output port.

The device also has a very unique form factor –which is pretty important for those people who want devices that nobody else seems to have. Identity will never be an issue with the Stream as its online-only accessibility will certainly see less circulation among smart phone users.

As expected, the device runs the 2.1 Android Éclair and that an update to version 2.2 is already in the works.

Acer’s beTouch Smart Phones Coming on July and August

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Acer-beTouch-E130Two new Android smart phones from electronics manufacturer Acer will be arriving in UK store shelves on July and August. While there is nothing that is especially high end about these two devices, they certainly make fine buying options for any Android fan with a limited budget.

The beTouch series of smart phones have always stayed several notches lower on the spec rank sheet when compared to Acer’s more famous Liquid series, but that still gives the beTouch a definitive market niche: the low end smart phone market and that is where the profits are.

Nokia has been on top of the mobile phone industry for several years now, despite the growing popularity of the Google Android and the rise of the Apple iPhone to a cultural phenomenon. It is the mid to low end market that is giving many phone manufacturers the much needed financial growth through sales. And with the beTouch E120 and E130, it appears that Acer has gotten the formula right.

Acer-beTouch-E120Coming mid-July, the Acer beTouch E120 is a standard touch screen smart phone. It has a 2.8 inch TFT capacitive touch screen, a 416MHz CPU, a 3.2 mega pixel camera and the Android 1.6 Donut operating system. Acer is giving this handset the advantage with software features, from the Acer’s very own UrFooz social networking app to Spinlets, web widgets, and more, users can expect to get extra functionality with this humble mobile phone.

These same features will also be coming with the Acer beTouch E130 when it arrives this August. The device is pretty much like the E120 in terms of hardware, with the exception of having a smaller 2.6 TFT touch screen and a full physical QWERTY keyboard. Like an E120 for heavy email users, the E130 also gives social networking integration, support for various office documents and Acer’s custom apps.

Acer Stream Review

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Acer Stream (3)Acer’s recent forays into the Android sector of the market have resulted in a number of new products, including a selection of high-quality smartphones with some impressive features. Most notable among these is the recently announced Acer Stream, designed to compete with some of the latest Android releases from other leading mobile communications manufacturers. Currently running on the 2.1 Éclair revision of the popular Android OS, it is expected that it will be possible to upgrade it to Android 2.2 (Froyo) on release; the hardware and specs are more than sufficient to meet the requirements for the much-anticipated update which brings speedy Flash 10.1 support and quicker browsing to the Android platform, among other things.

Acer Stream (2)Android offers a wide range of customisation, and it appears Acer is eager to take advantage of that.  In order to create a unique experience and fully utilise the tools provided to them in the form of the Android OS and its open-source nature, Acer has created a number of custom apps and widgets to cater to the user. Acer has also created a completely brand-new user interface to make up for some shortcomings in their other phones, and to present the user with the most relevant and important data as well as grant them immediate access to what matters most. Along these lines, Acer has included a multimedia home screen widget known as Nemo that allows you to access and manipulate your media from the home screen with ease, and a screen lock widget similar to the popular Flyscreen application that gives you access to your favourite links and applications from your phone’s sleep screen. Using the screen lock widget, you can also read information from your idle screen, allowing you to get what you need before you’ve even started looking for it.

To help reduce the clutter and complexity of the home screen, a history pane has been added that  makes it easy to access recently-used apps with a single touch; the top portion of the home screen is dedicated to app history, allowing you to navigate directly to the apps you use most frequently. Additionally, there is a status bar that serves as a divider between areas of interest on the phone, filling in blank space and granting you access to essential information and making it easy to view and change your most frequently used settings. Along with the customisations they’ve made, Acer has provided the capability to make a few of your own: a customisable home screen lets you change sounds and wallpapers to create a theme, and movable apps allow you to drag and reorder applications to organise them how you see fit, or you can simply drag them into the trash bin to uninstall them if you find you no longer need them.

Acer Stream (4)Along with Acer’s own additions to the Android package, the Stream comes with the essential Google application suite available to everyone using Android, and a number of pre-packaged apps to help you make the most of your mobile device right out of the box. GPS support and Google Maps combine to offer helpful navigation services, making it easy to find out where you need to go and how to get there. Additionally, the Stream comes with Twitter and Facebook apps preloaded, allowing you to jump right into social networking and keep in touch with your friends from the moment you turn the phone on. With an redesigned contacts list featuring Facebook and Twitter integration, you can always see what the latest updates are from your friends and family.

To go along with all of this new software and keep everything running smoothly, Acer has included some powerful and impressive hardware. A 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 512MB of RAM make interface transitions flow smoothly and speed up application start up times, allowing for multitasking, and providing plenty of muscle for the Stream to handle an upgrade to Android 2.2 upon its release. With 2GB of internal flash memory, there is already a decent amount of space for games and apps, plus an additional 8GB bundled microSD card and support for up to 32GB of external memory gives you plenty of room to store all of your data and apps.

Acer StreamThe inclusion of a vivid  3.7-inch AMOLED touch screen gives the Stream a visually appealing display capable of displaying 16 million+ colours in bright intensity, making it much easier to view your phone in problem lighting conditions that cause so much grief for mobile users. Wide viewing angles and haptic feedback add to the appeal of the large touch screen, which also makes a perfect viewing area for video playback and media browsing. With the Stream’s support for 720p HD video in Xvid and WMV HD format among others, the screen will see plenty of use. If the impressive screen is still not enough to sway you,  however, the Stream includes an HDMI port to stream HD content to a projector or LCD TV. With dedicated media buttons, music and video playback is much quicker and more intuitive, allowing you to quickly skip to your favourite track or pause playback without even looking.

The Acer Stream includes a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording HD video in 720p, and geo tagging allows you to add location info to your pictures and video before uploading them to your favourite social media site. With 802.11 b/g connectivity and 3G HSPA support, you can stay in touch on the go and browse the web with the Android WebKit browser; possible Flash 10.1 support combined with the elegant display provides for an enjoyable browsing experience, similar to that you might get from a desktop computer. DLNA and UPnP support make it simple to connect to other devices to sync and exchange data, allowing you to quickly and easily back up your data to keep it safe.

Acer Stream (5)Along with its video and imaging capabilities, the Stream features crisp, clear Dolby Mobile audio and playback using Spinlets, a free music streaming service that allows you to browse and stream music from major music labels, or share your favourite music with friends on various social networks. Bluetooth A2DP support lets you listen to your music wirelessly, or you can use the 3.5mm stereo headphone jack.

Currently, there is no word on when the Stream will be released in the UK, and pricing has yet to be mentioned. However, the Stream is an impressive mobile device that deserves some attention, so keep your eye open for any news and Acer Stream deals when they become available. You can leave your own views on this new phone or read others in the Acer Stream Reviews section.

Details on Acer’s High End Android Emerge

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Dell StreakThe Google developed Android mobile platform is certainly coming out in plenty of new smart phones this year, and manufacturer Acer is adding another one to their already impressive roster.

Acer started off their Android line of smart phones last year with the release of the Liquid A1. While it was an impressive device, it still bordered on the mid range tech tier; the Snapdragon processor on the A1 was under clocked far below 1GHz. And just a month after the Liquid’s launch, the Google Nexus One came out –being the first 1GHz Android smart phone to be available on the market.

Now, with the recent release of the HTC Desire, Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10, and other Android smart phones, Acer is also coming with their own high end smart phone, the Liquid Stream.

For the most part, this handset matches the average high-end smart phone in terms of specs, it has a 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU, 512 MB of RAM, a 5 mega pixel snapper (with autofocus, flash and 720p video recording), a 3.7 inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen and of course, the Android 2.1 Éclair operating system. Acer bumps up the hardware a little with the device’s 2 GB of internal memory. As expected, the device supports Bluetooth, WiFi, AGPS, and HSDPA. Overall, it’s a pretty good phone to go for if you have yet to invest in HTC or Google’s offerings.

In terms of looks, the Stream is a basic looking smart phone with its gray and black colors and of course, black glass screen. Speaking of which, Acer’s AMOLED display looks pretty sharp and has a decent amount of brightness. It also helps that the screen is not that much of a fingerprint magnet though it does seem suffer from some minor glare issues.

The device is expected to come out sometime later this year, though no specific launch date has been announced.

Upcoming Phones: HTC Vision and Acer Liquid Stream

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

HTC VisionFor those of you who are not looking forward to the new devices coming out later this year, HTC and Acer are already working on their latest handsets that will bring the Android smart phone to you.

First up is the HTC Vision. For now, this phone is still very much rumored as an actual device, but considering HTC’s dedication to bringing out new Android smart phones, it would not be a surprise to see the Vision become a reality.

Initial reports place the Vision as an exact duplicate of the HTC Desire, with the addition of a slide out QWERTY keyboard. If the Vision does push through, then it will be the very first Android smart phone to have a physical keyboard –unless Samsung’s Galaxy S Pro was not just a rumor. As a device based on the Desire, we can expect the Vision to have a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, a 3.7 inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen display and a 5 mega pixel camera.

Acer Liquid StreamAcer is also coming out with another high end Android smart phone, the Liquid Stream. Many of you may remember the original Liquid A1 as an Android smart phone with an under clocked Snapdragon CPU running at 700 MHz.

The Liquid Stream shares similar features to the A1 with the exception of the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor which is now running at a full 1GHz speed. The device comes with a 3.7 inch touch screen display, a 5 mega pixel camera (with 720p video recording), an HDMI output port and of course, the usual smart phone features: GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi and more. This phone will come with the older Android 2.1 Éclair operating system.

Both devices are expected to be compatible with the upcoming version 2.2 Froyo update for the Android OS –this new version will have native Flash and AIR support, tethering, WiFi syncing and other features.

ACER Liquid to Launch on December

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Acer LiquidHere’s a good combination, an Android operating system and a Snapdragon 1 GHz processor. That same combination is bringing the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 plenty of waiting fans; now it is more or less the same scenario for the soon to arrive, ACER Liquid.

Well, the big compromise with the Liquid is that the 8250 processor is under clocked to 768 MHz, much faster than the average smart phone, but still a sizeable chunk of speed slower than 1GHz. No word has been given on why the Liquid has be made as such, but some believe that the excess speed is un-needed and that the phone already runs as fast as it would even with a 1GHz processor.

Anyway, this touch screen phone sports a good 5 mega pixel camera that produces very crisp and clear images. The display is a 3.5” WVGA touch screen, it is not as bright as the screen on other touch phones –even at the highest settings it only appears to have about the normal brightness of other devices.

This quad band GSM/tri band HSDPA device sports a good variety of media file support, and the usual 3G smart phone functions such as micro USB, Bluetooth, GSM and a whole host of useful applications on the Android such as Google Talk, Google Mail and Google Maps.

Right now, electronic retailer Clove has the item listed as available for pre-order and interested buyer can get the device for 328.90 Pounds (including VAT). Sadly, the only color offered is white, ACER has yet to confirm if this phone will be made available in other colors. Despite having a good processor, this device still falls behind the Motorola Milestone in some ways; mostly due to the fact that the Milestone uses the Android 2.0 Éclair, while the Liquid only has the 1.6 Donut.