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ACER beTouch E110 Review

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Features:

By and large the Acer beTouch E110 is conceived as a simple Android device and the home screen is not really customized in terms of functionality, despite some small additions which the company calls the Acer UI. You have a total of 5 home screen pages, where you can deploy your widgets and shortcuts. Speaking of widgets, Acer has added some of its own, like one to manage the built-in FM radio or other preinstalled applications like Spinlets for streaming media. The main menu can be easily accessed from each of the five home pages by dragging it up and down with an arrow like roller blinds. The menus are simple, with no fancy transition effects or animations added, which Acer claims is one of the elements for supposedly longer battery life, together with the 1500 mAh capacity battery and low-end 400MHz  CPU in the device. Nevertheless Acer still hadn't specified official talk and standby hours at the time of this review.

There are 5 home screen pages on the Acer beTouch E110 - ACER beTouch E110 Review
There are 5 home screen pages on the Acer beTouch E110 - ACER beTouch E110 Review
There are 5 home screen pages on the Acer beTouch E110 - ACER beTouch E110 Review
There are 5 home screen pages on the Acer beTouch E110 - ACER beTouch E110 Review
Main menu - There are 5 home screen pages on the Acer beTouch E110 - ACER beTouch E110 Review
    

Main menu

There are 5 home screen pages on the Acer beTouch E110


Nothing out of the ordinary for an Android device can be found in the phone dialer, contacts, calendar or search and messaging functions of the Acer beTouch E110. A useful decision for when the sounds are turned off is to let the red LED at the front of the device - that usually indicates charging - blink when there is a new text or email message.


Phone dialer - ACER beTouch E110 Review
Calendar - ACER beTouch E110 Review

Phone dialer

Calendar



Creating messages should be made easier with the installed TouchPal virtual keyboards. They range from compact to full QWERTY, with predictive text, mistype corrections and several different language layouts for all those special symbol needs that may arise. Still, typing on the small screen is not a very fast or comfortable endeavor. Moreover, the manufacturer has not included a way to change the keyboard to a landscape QWERTY, which is quite annoying.

Creating messages should be made easier with the installed TouchPal virtual keyboards - ACER beTouch E110 Review
Creating messages should be made easier with the installed TouchPal virtual keyboards - ACER beTouch E110 Review
Creating messages should be made easier with the installed TouchPal virtual keyboards - ACER beTouch E110 Review

Creating messages should be made easier with the installed TouchPal virtual keyboards


3G, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and even GPS are present, but Acer has decided to leave the WiFi chip out and bring costs down. With AGPS on, the Acer beTouch E110 locks signal within 3-4 minutes on initial start, which is in the normal range. However, no geotagging functionality is offered and the lack of Google Maps or other navigation software renders the GPS chip usable only for the Tracker application which follows the whereabouts of the phone online in real time.

GPS Tracker - ACER beTouch E110 Review

GPS Tracker


No easy way to install a popular application like Google Maps is just one example of why due to the lack of Android Market on the beTouch E110 the users will be stuck with the realities of a feature phone and just the apps that Acer has decided to ship it with. It is possible however that you can look for some of the alternatives out there if you want to expand the functionality of your device. We tried SlideMe's SAM market and some others, but for now they have a much scarcer application catalog than Android Market, although you'll still be provided with significantly more options, compared to what you can do on a basic feature phone.


Camera:

The 3MP camera lacks flash and autofocus, and, despite a dedicated night mode and white balance options, we weren't hoping for above average results in the pictures taken. The camera takes about 2-3 seconds to start and another 3-4 sec between shots with preview mode turned off.

The shooter churns out average quality stills but save for color saturation the shots in daylight are passable with detail and sharpness slightly off. The indoor photos are only useful under very good lighting conditions. The Acer beTouch E110 video mode produced the same washed out colors just this time they were in .mp4 with 352x288 resolution and 20 frames per second.

Camera interface - ACER beTouch E110 Review
Camera interface - ACER beTouch E110 Review
Camera interface - ACER beTouch E110 Review

Camera interface


Outdoor samples taken with the Acer beTouch E110 - ACER beTouch E110 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Acer beTouch E110 - ACER beTouch E110 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Acer beTouch E110 - ACER beTouch E110 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Acer beTouch E110 - ACER beTouch E110 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Acer beTouch E110 - ACER beTouch E110 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Acer beTouch E110 - ACER beTouch E110 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Acer beTouch E110 - ACER beTouch E110 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Acer beTouch E110 - ACER beTouch E110 Review

Outdoor samples taken with the Acer beTouch E110


Strong light - Indoor samples - ACER beTouch E110 Review
Medium light - Indoor samples - ACER beTouch E110 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - ACER beTouch E110 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Indoor samples



Acer beTouch E110 sample video at 352x288 pixels resolution.

Multimedia:

Acer has chosen the multimedia Nemo Player to complement the default Android music and video players, and it does a good job coping with the most popular audio and video formats, if the video is scaled to the screen resolution of 320x240. AVI is something which Nemo warned it cannot play, so look for MPEG-4 movies mainly. The interface is pretty cool in its shades of blue. It breaks media down to album art, artists or playlists and does index all the pictures, music and movies on your phone and storage card, so it can be used as a one-stop shop for mobile entertainment. The 400MHz processor and 256 MB RAM/ROM allowed smooth video playback, although it is possible that the phone may get overloaded sometimes, if much else is running in the background, and warns of low resources.

Music player - ACER beTouch E110 Review
Music player - ACER beTouch E110 Review
Music player - ACER beTouch E110 Review
Video playback - Music player - ACER beTouch E110 Review
   

Video playback

Music player



Software:

The company is touting the Acer beTouch E110 as a social and connected device, thus it has included a few applications that are aimed to please the most likely users of the phone – the younger crowd. UrFooz lets you create profiles with virtual avatars on the go, who in turn can represent you and automatically share your activity in the connected social networks. After you connect your accounts you will be able to choose which information to share. Spinlets is a free streaming media network with a search function to the genre catalog of major labels, TV shows, etc. The Spinlets application has its own widget on one of the home screens, which allows you to stream music by genre, song or artist in case you get bored from your personal library choices. Since the Acer beTouch E110 is  supposed to enhance your virtual social life like so many devices these days, the Facebook and Twidroid applications come preinstalled as well, and work flawlessly at 3G data speeds.

UrFooz - ACER beTouch E110 Review
UrFooz - ACER beTouch E110 Review
UrFooz - ACER beTouch E110 Review
Spinlets - UrFooz - ACER beTouch E110 Review
   

Spinlets

UrFooz


Facebook - ACER beTouch E110 Review
Twidroid - ACER beTouch E110 Review

Facebook

Twidroid



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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
400 MHz
256 MB RAM
Size4.07 x 2.13 x 0.53 inches
(103.5 x 54 x 13.4 mm)
3.70 oz  (105 g)

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