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Acer M900 Review

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Acer Shell, functionality and fingerprint recognition:

The Acer M900 utilizes Acer Shell interface that makes Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional easier, better looking and more user friendly. We have already examined it in details in our review of the Acer X960 and the version here doesn’t bring along any changes or novelties. The level of personalization neither penetrates the operating system as profoundly as TouchWiz 2.0 on the Samsung OmniaPRO B7610, nor is it as showy as TouchFLO 3D on both the HTC Touch Pro2 and Diamond2. But it´s certainly welcome. The most interesting part of Acer Shell is the 3D office that visualizes an office room on your screen, where you have a desk, window and shelves. There are different objects placed around that are actually application shortcuts. The cool thing about them is they can be easily rearranged or removed to your taste by keeping a finger pressed against the screen.

The Acer Shell interface of the Acer M900 - Acer M900 Review
The Acer Shell interface of the Acer M900 - Acer M900 Review
The Acer Shell interface of the Acer M900 - Acer M900 Review
The Acer Shell interface of the Acer M900 - Acer M900 Review

The Acer Shell interface of the Acer M900



Acer M900 Review

A menu, consisting of 8 icons appears on opening the keyboard and they are used for creating different types of messages, entering calendar events or searching. Unfortunately, the function that is assigned to each icon is fixed and cannot be customized.

As a whole, Acer Shell does away with certain shortcomings of the standard Windows Mobile 6.1 interface, but we still think there´s a lot of room for improvement – just take a look at TouchWiz 2.0 on the Samsung OmniaPRO B7610.


Working with Office 2003 and 2007 is not a problem at all even with large files. The phone opens any Word, Excel or PowerPoint presentation files without a hitch, although PDF support is missing by default, which is a serious drawback in the case of a business oriented device.

Word - Working with office documents on the Acer M900 - Acer M900 Review
Excel - Working with office documents on the Acer M900 - Acer M900 Review
PowerPoint - Working with office documents on the Acer M900 - Acer M900 Review

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Working with office documents on the Acer M900



Acer M900 is equipped with Internet Explorer 6 - Acer M900 Review
Acer M900 is equipped with Internet Explorer 6 - Acer M900 Review
Acer M900 is equipped with Internet Explorer 6 - Acer M900 Review
Acer M900 is equipped with Internet Explorer 6 - Acer M900 Review

Acer M900 is equipped with Internet Explorer 6



When we saw there was only one browser installed, unsurprisingly Internet Explorer, we felt bitter disappointment. It actually changed to satisfaction the minute we started the app, because the Acer M900 comes equipped with version 6 that features full Flash support. Elements on pages optimized for normal computers load and visualize with almost no issues, but the bad thing is the device runs out of memory way too often, so be prepared to see notifications about it frequently. You may disregard them, of course, but the phone will get sluggish and unresponsive. As a whole, Internet Explorer has all the makings for a good browser, but apparently needs more system resources and the Acer M900 just doesn’t have them. Ultimately, you´ll be better off using another browser like Skyfire.






Fingerprint recognition:

The fingerprint sensor on the Acer M900 is a feature that we do not often get to see on cell phones. But what does it actually deliver? In a nutshell, you will be able to lock your phone in such a way, that only you or the person that has your finger on them (creepy, huh? use your imagination) will be able to unlock it. Moreover, you can protect selected files, contacts and other sensitive information in case you need to lend your phone to someone for a while. The good thing is you can set your own password to unlock the M900 in case you get your finger injured.

Acer M900 Review
Acer M900 Review
Acer M900 Review

Fingerprint sensor settings - Acer M900 Review
Fingerprint sensor settings - Acer M900 Review
Fingerprint sensor settings - Acer M900 Review

Fingerprint sensor settings



While setting up the function, you will have to slide your finger against the sensor four times and you won´t have any problems to unlock the phone while on the run, provided the movement is exactly the same. We are totally cool with the function and the way it works and tend to think many business users will love it, especially those who need better security.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. nick192 (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jul 2009)


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Acer M900

Acer M900

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.1
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Display3.8 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (246 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 533 MHz, Samsung SC36410 processor
128 MB RAM
Size4.69 x 2.44 x 0.67 inches
(119 x 62 x 17.1 mm)
6.63 oz  (188 g)
Battery1530 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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