Acer neoTouch S200 Review
Sharing pictures is quite popular these days, but you need a proper camera to capture all these interesting moments. The Acer neoTouch S200 is equipped with 5-megapixel camera and LED flash. It´s relatively fast and the average time to take a single snapshot is 2 seconds, but you will have to press the screen to capture a new one, because this is not possible using the camera shutter. The speed, however, is not as important as image quality.
Snapshots taken outdoors in natural lighting conditions are not really good - they are blurry and lack enough details. As a whole, the image quality is mediocre and the pictures are good enough for being shared over social networks, where content gets published at lower resolutions, but that´s all. Those taken in bright artificial lighting are proper, but things rapidly deteriorate with stills captured in the dark or in places where there is not enough light. We blame the flash, because it doesn’t light up objects properly and as a whole, is pretty useless. Moreover, we encountered a bug that makes your pictures utterly unusable and appears without any reason in particular.
You can capture videos in MPEG-4 at maximum resolution of 640x480 pixels and 30 frames per second. Their quality is above average and as a whole they are good enough for normal computer screens, YouTube and social networks.
Acer neoTouch S200 sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution
Music and Multimedia:
You will have to rely on the standard application that comes with the operating system to listen to music and watch videos. The version is not any different from the one that WM6.1 features, so there is nothing to surprise or impress you. We are of the opinion that the alternative players found on Samsung and HTC made Windows phones are much better.
You will not experience any problems like stuttering, lagging or video and audio playing out of sync when watching MPEG-4, H.263 and H.264 clips with width of 800 pixels and bitrate over 1,300 kbps. Well, there are occasional artifacts, but in most cases they relate to the video compression. Having in mind the large screen, you can definitely spend some of your spare time watching movies.
Come to audio playback, the boxed headset pair performs below average and the situation is much worse when listening to music through the built-in loudspeaker – there is constant crackling noise, despite the fact it´s not really powerful.
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.