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Acer Stream Review

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Camera:

For all the photographer wannabes out there, the Acer Stream packs a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and no flash. The shooter also allows for HD 720p video recording, but more on that in a while. The camera interface presents you with a decent amount of options, including photo resolution, white balance, brightness and contrast, timer, macro mode, anti-shake, ISO, auto exposure modes and effects. Unfortunately, the taste from all of that goodness is somehow bittered by the incredibly stiff camera shutter, which can be cause for a lot of muddy photos.

The camera interface - Acer Stream Review
The camera interface - Acer Stream Review
The camera interface - Acer Stream Review

The camera interface


Anyway, the images that the Acer Stream takes with its 5MP cam are nothing extraordinary. One can see quite a lot of blurring going on around the more exposed places, plus do you know why Prince sang that “Purple Rain” song? It's very simple, because the skies are purple, or at least that's what the Stream tries to convince us into. While we personally might live with that, the detail level is yet another point of concern (read: “It's pretty bad for such a device so we are really disappointed on the whole. Shame on you, Acer!”).

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Outdoor samples taken with Acer Stream - Acer Stream Review
Outdoor samples taken with Acer Stream - Acer Stream Review
Outdoor samples taken with Acer Stream - Acer Stream Review
Outdoor samples taken with Acer Stream - Acer Stream Review
Outdoor samples taken with Acer Stream - Acer Stream Review

Outdoor samples taken with Acer Stream


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Indoor samples



Alright, we came to conclude that the 5MP photos are good for nothing, but how does the camera fare when it comes to shooting HD 720p video? Is it awesome? Is it magnificent? Superb? Gorgeous? Have you ever heard of that saying: “Like mother, like daughter”? Well, it's the same here – the videos suffer from the exact same issues that the photos do. Pinkish whites, scarce details, and on top of all, they are choppy, even though they should be running at 24 fps. Of course, we don't question them running at 24 fps, but these are not those 24 fps one would usually expect.

Acer Stream sample video 1 at 1280x720 pixels resolution.
Acer Stream sample video 2 at 1280x720 pixels resolution.

All in all, we “enjoyed” an unsatisfying camera performance with the Acer Stream. Sad face.


Multimedia:

As the Acer Stream seems to be a media-savvy smartphone (judging by the dedicated music controls and multimedia homescreen page), we weren't surprised to find it preloaded with some additional software to complement the standard music player. Namely, there are the MusicA app, which is a music recognition service that automatically provides you with YouTube results, and nemoPlayer, an alternative multimedia player.

The standard music player's visual presentation is pretty simple and can hardly impress someone from the 21st century, so we don't really care for it. NemoPlayer is a bit more graphically-rich, but still nothing out of the ordinary. Buy why are we talking about graphics when we just have to listen to the music! Unfortunately, the right speaker of the earphones that came bundled with our Acer Stream unit had some annoying hiss to to it, which hints that it might have as well been defective. At least we hope so. Plugging in another pair of earphones fixed the issue. It's worth noting that the Acer Stream comes with support for Dolby Mobile, which basically allows you to take advantage of some equalizers and fine tuning options. We were unable to achieve ground-braking sound quality, but this might have been due to our earphones, of course. The loudspeaker is also nothing spectacular. To be honest, it sounds quite tinny, and its power is lacking.

The MusicA app - Acer Stream Review
Music player - Acer Stream Review

The MusicA app

Music player


When it comes to video playback, you've got to know that the Acer Stream is one very suitable smartphone for the purpose. It has no problems at all playing MPEG-4 and Xvid coded videos in resolutions of up to 1280x720 pixels, while it also plays H.264, but... without the sound. We tried some additional software, but got the same results. However, this doesn't mean that you won't find some capable player buried deep in Android Market. DivX is also a no-no with the Acer Stream right out of the box. The AMOLED screen might not be very suitable for reading smaller text, but it is damn good when it comes to video playback, thanks to its great viewing angles and rich colors. Of course, the experience wouldn't have been this good if it wasn't for its generous 3.7 inches. The lousy speaker isn't really doing much to complement your lone movie nights, but one can never have it all, you know. In addition, you'll be able to easily utilize the Micro-HDMI port (type D) with the included cable.

Video playback - Acer Stream Review
Video playback - Acer Stream Review
Video playback - Acer Stream Review
Video playback - Acer Stream Review

Video playback



Software:

The Acer Stream is an Android smartphone, on which you can install quite a lot of applications (should be about 70,000) for an array of different purposes. However, it also brings some preloaded ones, some of which might really come in handy. To start with, the Stream packs the above-mentioned nemoPlayer, a music recognition service app, called MusicA, Media Server that allows you to serve media over a Wi-Fi network, Spinlets (for free music streaming), Documents to Go (Acer Bundle edition, meaning - not full version), a Barcode Scanner and some others.

Documents to Go - Acer Stream Review

Documents to Go



The 1GHz Snapdragon 8250 chipset powering the Acer Stream does a good job in guaranteeing smooth system performance. Well, you might run across some lag in the browser, but there seems to be no hint of it in Raging Thunder 2, which is that beautiful 3D racing game, so we have no concerns whatsoever, in terms of gaming on the Stream. In addition, the handset features ample 512MB RAM and 512MB ROM in order to give you some additional comfort about the hardware. As a whole, the software shows no signs of slowdown, although one can clearly see that the frame rate when switching between screens and so on is not particularly high.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55 1

1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2962; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Acer is finally getting the right idea.

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Acer Stream

Acer Stream

OS: Android 2.1
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Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8250, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.70 x 2.48 x 0.44 inches
(119.5 x 63 x 11.2 mm)
4.44 oz  (126 g)
Battery1400 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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