Acer beTouch E210 Review
Similar to the last Acer phone from the beTouch family that we reviewed - the Acer beTouch E140 - the E210 doesn't support Acer's custom UI, which is called Breeze. As a matter of fact, you get the stock Froyo experience - the only things that deviate from it are a widget that offers pictures, music and movies plus some trademark Acer apps like Spinlets and UrFooz. In addition, there are some pre-installed apps that are available in the Android Market - for example Twidroyd, which is often cited as the best Twitter app and RoadSync, which is an exchange client.
The build-in storage of the Acer beTouch E210 is negligible - it offers 100MB user-accessible memory out of the box, but at least this phone comes with a 2GB microSD card pre-loaded. If that's not enough for you, you can always buy a bigger one - up to 32GB.
Now, we are talking, aren't we? Typing a message on the Acer beTouch E210's physical QWERTY is a quite enjoyable activity, as the keyboard is pleasure to use and there are dedicated buttons for pretty much everything - thanks to this QWERTY, you can take a picture or access messaging or... you name it. The buttons' feedback is quite good and right from the start we felt at home with it.
Internet and Connectivity:
The Acer beTouch E210 possesses all connectivity options we have come to expect from modern smartphones - like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth plus a microUSB port.
There are a few reasons that make sure the overall browsing experience with this phone is not good at all. First of all, the screen is way too small to browse comfortably, and the 320 x 240 resolution doesn't help - text is a little bit hard to read, not to mention that images don't look very impressive - and this is an understatement.
The Acer beTouch E210's display is a resistive one, which means there is no pinch-to-zoom and this leaves us with the zoom-in/zoom-out and double tap options, which are not convenient to use with Android. Moreover, one of the Froyo browser's biggest perks - full Flash support - is not present on this phone, although Flash Lite is supported.
After a cold start, the GPS of this phone managed to locate us within five minutes, while after a warm one it took mere seconds to point our position on the map.
As with other handsets from the Acer beTouch series, you get nemoPlayer, which plays both movies and music, as well as the stock Android music player. The music capabilities of this phone are somehow limited, which is understandable, and the headphones you receive out of the box get the job done, but don't expect some really loud music or really deep tones.
The Acer beTouch E210 doesn't support certain formats (Xvid, H.264 and DivX), but at least plays smoothly MPEG4 videos with a 480 x 800 resolution. Funny enough, it also plays MOV videos with the same resolution, but for some reason sound is off.
The 3.2MP camera of the Acer beTouch E210 makes photos of absolutely horrible quality even for a low-end phone. As expected, it lacks flash, and the bottom end is that you can't rely on this phone's camera. The same applies for its video recording capabilities.
1. Kiwilad (unregistered)
I've been using this phone for about 2 weeks and what I have noticed so far is.
1. Battery life isn’t that good (1300 mh) is only good for around 10-12 hours per day.
2. Audio quality when using the phone is poor and the audio from mp3's and other audio formats is also very poor.
3. Touch screen is not good (compared to my previous Motorola Cliq).
4. Keyboard is nowhere near as good as the Motorola or my previous Blackberry (it just feels cheap!)
5. "Would I buy this phone again?". probably not
3. nasty (unregistered)
i have been using this phone for the past 3 weeks.
1.it processes unwanted apps which i have never even opened so need to force stop it every 2hrs.
2.unlike other androids this cell does not have a task manager which gives an option of killing apps.
3.it take a lot of time to process contacts i have no clue why n also dont no if its my phone or is it usually like this.
at the end i m never coming back to acer n m trying to get it exchanged with some other phone.
4. sampathkumar sridaran (unregistered)
I have purchased mobile on 27/08/2011.Totally dissatisfied with battery.I am yet to use internet and has been using for just making mob calls and sending sms.The battery charged full in the morning before usage begins around 9.00 a.m.Usage may be just max 50 inward&outward calls taken together and around 10 to 15 sms.immediately by evening around 5.pm msg is displyed on screen battery has just 15% charge left.This is nothing but atrocious.I hereby call for ACER to recall the product and provide me a better option failing which i have to think of approaching consumer forums for redressal of greivance