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Acer Stream Review

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Acer Stream Review
We have seen many great smartphones fail the ultimate test of call quality, but we've also seen some of them raise victorious. So where does the Acer Stream stand in this chart? Somewhere in the middle, we would say. Voices in its earpiece sound quite tinny, although loud enough to be comprehended. On the other hand, the opposite side enjoys some much clearer and frequency rich tones. Not the most outstanding performance, but still good enough for such a feature-rich device that does so much more.

According to the manufacturer, the 1400mAh Li-Ion battery should hold up for about 7 hours of talk time and 500 hours of standby on a 3G network. However, these times depend on a lot of stuff including the signal strength, running background applications, screen brightness... you get the point. Our impressions are that the Acer Stream is able to run full-speed for about a day, which matches today's standards.


Conclusion:

The Acer Stream managed to surprise us pleasantly, we won't hide it. We would even go as far as to say that it reinvented the image of a mediocre smartphone maker the company had established for itself for us. You usually have to come up with something truly noteworthy when you find yourself with a bunch of uninspired devices behind your back. Sometimes, this means you have to get off the beaten track and... you know, go for it. Acer has done just that with the Stream, and they've managed to reach the end of the tunnel just before it collapses.

While we wouldn't proclaim the Acer Stream to be the most beautiful gadget of the year, it is definitely charming and has a relaxed, yet attractive color scheme. Its features, of course, are there to complement its design, including the 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, 1GHz Snapdragon and 512MB RAM, which are somewhat of a must-have in the upper range of Android smartphones these days.

So, the design and hardware aspects are well-covered. Equally important however is the software realization, as this is what differentiates the true smartphone that's going to accompany you for a good deal of time, from one that you'd never wish to use for more than a month or so. Acer has chosen the unsafe approach here as well, by crafting an unconventional Android homescreen personalization, which doesn't try to alter the whole Android experience, but is quite intuitive and and fun to use.

It's not all rosy, of course, with the Acer Stream's mediocre photo/video capturing, lack of flash and average call quality, as well as screen that's not really well-suited for reading. Interestingly enough, these drawbacks were not enough to spoil our overall experience with the phone, which comes to prove that Acer has a pretty darn good smartphone in its hands. It just needs to market it right. Either way, a good device would remain a good device.

Still, if something deep inside of you doesn't really feel right about the Acer Stream, we would recommend that you take a look at the HTC Desire, as it is the closest contender to the Stream we can think of. Another great option would be the Samsung Galaxy S, which has a simpler design, but larger, 4-inch screen and better graphics performance (not that you can really take advantage of it yet).


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Pros

  • Easy to use, unconventional interface
  • Box full of accessories

Cons

  • Mediocre camera quality
  • Lacks flash
  • Interface could be more fluid
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55 1

1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; 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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