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Acer beTouch E100 Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Just like the Acer beTouch E200 and neoTouch S200, the beTouch E100 sports perfunctory personalization of Windows Mobile 6.5 thanks to the so-called Acer Home. You´ve got a home screen that allows quick access to certain functions. It´s actually a grid of up to 9 icons (shortcuts) and the user is allowed to change 6 of them. The uppermost three are mandatory – dialling, messaging and phone contacts. We do like that the interface is simple, but we would rather use the standard home screen of WM 6.5, because it offers richer functionality.

The Acer Home and the classic home screen of Windows Mobile 6.5 - Acer beTouch E100 Review
The Acer Home and the classic home screen of Windows Mobile 6.5 - Acer beTouch E100 Review
The Acer Home and the classic home screen of Windows Mobile 6.5 - Acer beTouch E100 Review

The Acer Home and the classic home screen of Windows Mobile 6.5



Acer´s personalization, however, penetrates the phone contacts, dialling screen, phone calendar and file manager. We like the options that the manufacturer gives in this respect better than the standard of the operating system, because the former are better optimized for bare fingers. As a whole, the Acer-made personalization of WM 6.5 is nothing to write home about, but it´s not an eye-sore either, plus we´ve seen worse really.

The contacts, dialling screen, phone calendar and file manager of the Acer beTouch E100 - Acer beTouch E100 Review
The contacts, dialling screen, phone calendar and file manager of the Acer beTouch E100 - Acer beTouch E100 Review
The contacts, dialling screen, phone calendar and file manager of the Acer beTouch E100 - Acer beTouch E100 Review
The contacts, dialling screen, phone calendar and file manager of the Acer beTouch E100 - Acer beTouch E100 Review

The contacts, dialling screen,
phone calendar and file manager of the Acer beTouch E100



The Acer beTouch E100 comes with preinstalled applications that give access to Facebook, Flickr, YouTube and Blogger. As a whole, the Acer beTouch E100 is quite a disappointing handset in this respect, as we have already seen with the beTouch E200 and neoTouch S200.


Internet:

Due to the lack of Wi-Fi, you will have to rely on 3G (HSDPA 7.2 Mbps) when you need to connect to the Internet. Its connectivity speed is high enough to allow fast loading of pages... in theory. In reality, the situation depends on your carrier´s network and coverage.

The Acer beTouch E100 comes with the standard software of the operating system pertaining to internet, i.e. Internet Explorer 6. Actually, it´s pretty good at opening websites and offers limited Flash support, but you will constantly need to zoom in and out on things due to the relatively low screen resolution of 240x400 pixels. As a whole, the browser is capable, but we believe Opera Mobile 10 is much better, because it loads and visualizes pages times faster thanks to Opera Turbo. Well, even though it comes without full Flash supports, we still prefer it for its better speed, especially with phones without built-in Wi-Fi.

Opera Mobile - Acer beTouch E100 Review
Opera Mobile - Acer beTouch E100 Review

Opera Mobile

Internet Explorer - Acer beTouch E100 Review
Internet Explorer - Acer beTouch E100 Review

Internet Explorer




GPS:

Like we said, the Acer beTouch E100 is equipped with built-in A-GPS. It proved to be an able performer during out tests, managing to pinpoint out location in about 30-40 seconds after cold start and less than 5 second after hot start. Google Maps comes preinstalled on the smartphone - the application offers quite many options and relatively easy and user-friendly interface, but needs active internet connection in order to download relevant maps in real time.

Acer beTouch E100 is equipped with built-in A-GPS - Acer beTouch E100 Review
Acer beTouch E100 is equipped with built-in A-GPS - Acer beTouch E100 Review

Acer beTouch E100 is equipped with built-in A-GPS




Camera and multimedia:

The 2-megapixel camera of the Acer beTouch E100 sports interface with acceptable design and overall speed. As we have mentioned in previous reviews, snapshot quality is, by far, much more important than interface design and camera speed. In this particular case snapshots are nothing special really, because they lack enough details and feature badly represented colors. Going over them in full screen is far from enjoyable experience and the only thing they are good for is... being shared on social networks. The same applies to videos, because the maximum video capture resolution is 320x240 pixels (rather low as of today´s standards) and the frames per second count is around 10.

Acer beTouch E100 sample video at 320x240 pixels resolution

The camera interface - Acer beTouch E100 Review
The camera interface - Acer beTouch E100 Review
The camera interface - Acer beTouch E100 Review
The camera interface - Acer beTouch E100 Review

The camera interface


Outdoor photos taken with the Acer beTouch E100 - Acer beTouch E100 Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Acer beTouch E100 - Acer beTouch E100 Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Acer beTouch E100 - Acer beTouch E100 Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Acer beTouch E100 - Acer beTouch E100 Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Acer beTouch E100 - Acer beTouch E100 Review

Outdoor photos taken with the Acer beTouch E100


Strong light - Indoor photos - Acer beTouch E100 Review
Medium light - Indoor photos - Acer beTouch E100 Review
Low light - Indoor photos - Acer beTouch E100 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Indoor photos



Entirely unexpectedly, the Acer beTouch E100 performs quite well in terms of multimedia and did leave us gaping. The affordable phone uses Media Player, the standard application that comes with the operating system and plays DivX, Xvid and H.264 coded videos with resolution of 800x480 pixels and high bitrate without a hitch. There is no lagging, no skipped frames, no audio and video playing out of sync, although the image quality isn’t really good, due to the mediocre display entirely. The handset even manages to play video clips with resolution of 1280x720 pixels, but the content stutters. Anyway, we are stunned... who would have though?

The media player plays DivX, Xvid and H.264 coded videos - Acer beTouch E100 Review
The media player plays DivX, Xvid and H.264 coded videos - Acer beTouch E100 Review
The media player plays DivX, Xvid and H.264 coded videos - Acer beTouch E100 Review
The media player plays DivX, Xvid and H.264 coded videos - Acer beTouch E100 Review

The media player plays DivX, Xvid and H.264 coded videos



You can listen to music using Media Player as well. The boxed headset of the beTouch E100 does pack some punch, but the sound quality it delivers is mediocre. The bad thing is that you would have to buy a converter from miniUSB to 3.5mm jack in case you need to plug in a better pair. What you can hear coming out of the built-in loudspeaker is by no means an ear-pleasing sound, but it´s passable.

The audio player - Acer beTouch E100 Review

The audio player



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Acer beTouch E100

Acer beTouch E100

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.5
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Display3.2 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (146 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 528 MHz
256 MB RAM
Size4.45 x 2.20 x 0.50 inches
(113 x 56 x 12.8 mm )
4.16 oz  (118 g)
Battery1140 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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