Acer neoTouch S200 Review
Acer vaunts the neoTouch S200 for its out-of-the-box social networking capabilities. We gather they mean the Social Networking icon in the main menu that allows access to Facebook, Flickr, Blogger and YouTube. Let´s take a closer look at these.
The Facebook app is actually the standard one for Windows Mobile that can be downloaded free of charge by any WM smartphone owner through Microsoft´s app store – Marketplace. Once you´ve entered all details, you will find yourself in an interface that consists of five tabs. You can set your current status, poke your buddies, leave comments, watch videos and pictures and share yours. As a whole, we are satisfied with the Facebook app for Windows Mobile and our only gripe relates to the fact that everything loads slowly, no matter the internet connectivity.
The next app is YouTube. We like its interface, because it´s simplified and at the same time, beautiful. The videos are displayed at the top and you browse between them by sliding a finger to your left or right, with information about the currently selected clip appearing below. The application switches to full screen when you click on a video, and watching content on the 3.8-inch display is a nice experience indeed. Unfortunately, the app doesn’t allow for video uploads, which is, of course, a basic function when it comes to YouTube, so this is its major disadvantage.
You won´t be able to do much via the Flickr client. There are just two options – to share a picture and browse the content you have already uploaded on the network service. You can see the available albums and an index showing the number of pictures in each of them… and that´s pretty much all. We are far from impressed, because there is nothing social about the application - you can share pictures, but not browse other people´s albums.
The Blogger app comes with rather simplified interface and doesn’t deliver great functionality. When creating a post, you can enter text only, meaning no other multimedia content is allowed. This is a major shortcoming, because it´s been a while since blogging equated to words only. We highly doubt it that the app will be used by many Blogger users, given they can also post via emails (containing multimedia files).
You must be wondering if the phone sports a Twitter app. Well, it doesn’t and there isn’t one available at Windows Marketplace for Mobile either, so you will have to search and get it from other source. MySpace application is also conspicuous by its absence, but we found one at the online store. As a whole, we expected much more from the Acer neoTouch S200 in terms of social networks and we feel disappointed at what we saw. We don’t really think that 4 preinstalled apps, three of them featuring pretty basic functionality, can be referred to as great social networking integration.
The Acer neoTouch S200 sports a built-in GPS to help you find your way in the madhouse that most modern cities are. It is a really snappy performer and Google Maps that delivers comprehensive maps and navigational options is preloaded on the device, so you will not be disappointed.
One of the characteristic aspects of all Windows Mobile phones is the integrated Office functionality. Thanks to its huge screen, the Acer neoTouch S200 comes really handy. You won´t have any troubles opening Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents created with Office 2007 or 2003. It would have been great if Acer provided a PDF editor though.
Internet has become an integral part of our daily routines and is an important aspect of any modern device. The Acer neoTouch S200 allows access to the Web over cellular networks and Wi-Fi. The phone comes with Internet Explorer 6 that works relatively fast, thanks to the snappy 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Web pages get visualized much like on a normal computer and navigating on such a huge display is easy and fast. Parts of the Flash elements fail to load due to the lack of full support. The 360-degree views on our website make for an illustrative example, as well as the videos on websites like Viddler.com and Vimeo.com. Zooming in and out on things is as easy as a double tap – this is not the best implementation of the function we have seen, but it´s passable on the overall. Ultimately, we prefer using Opera Mobile, because it´s the better browser, plus it sports a more appealing interface.
1. pgirish (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Oct 2009)
It looks like you are putting all the blame on Acer for not optimizing the software, while drooling head over heals for Qualcomm's Snapdragon. It is Qualcomm's job to optimize their chip for WinMo OS. Being the Chip manufacturer, it is Qualcomm's responsibility to optimize the OS and the drivers. Acer being the OEM has to do a good job at making the hardware, skin and additional apps like what HTC does. If the phone is sluggish, it is only because Qualcomm did a lousy job at providing drivers.