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Acer neoTouch S200 Review

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Acer neoTouch S200 Review
We have almost made it to the end, but before we finish, we just have to tell you we are really pleased at the operational speed of the Acer neoTouch S200. The 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 256MB RAM can handle multiple applications running simultaneously without a hitch. The thing is the inadequate optimization of the operating system becomes quite evident at times, when the phone gets really sluggish or crashes for no reason in particular.

It seems the first phones equipped with Snapdragon processor are affected by one and the same issue relating to the in-call quality. Just like the Toshiba TG01, using the Acer neoTouch S200 for talks is a painful experience. What you typically hear is sharp, monotonous and more often than not, unintelligible voices. The situation is slightly better on the other end though. Sound itself is loud, but turning down the volume doesn’t lead to a positive change in its quality. There isn’t a single good thing we can say about the loudspeaker and we consider it utterly unusable.

The phone is equipped with 1,350 mAh battery and its capacity is higher than the one of the Toshiba TG01 (1,000 mAh), but the average talk time that both devices provide is the same – 5 hours. This is simply not enough, especially if you use your phone for work during most of the day. In case you decide to surf the Web, no matter if it´s over 3G or Wi-Fi, you will have to charge your Acer handset on a daily basis.


Conclusion:

It´s time everyone heard the verdict. Guilty as charged! Just a joke, of course. Now, let´s get to brass tacks. The Acer neoTouch S200 is a Windows phone that is equipped with really capable hardware components, but its software has not been properly optimized, which leads to occasional lagging. Moreover, the social network integration that Acer promised is perfunctory – aside from the Facebook app, all the others fail to deliver even basic functions like video upload on YouTube. To top it off, the Acer neoTouch S200 is a mediocre performer in terms of in-call quality, which is not a minor disadvantage.

Everything about the Acer´s first 1GHz handset goes to show the manufacturer needs to put a lot of efforts into their devices before catching up with its major rivals - HTC and Samsung. We would recommend that you opt for the Samsung Omnia II I8000, HTC Touch Diamond2 or wait for the HTC HD2 if you intend to get a device with huge display and 1GHz processor.


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Pros

  • Large display with high resolution
  • Really snappy 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor

Cons

  • Perfunctory social networks integration
  • Bad software optimization
  • Mediocre in-call quality
  • Battery doesn’t last long
  • Software that lacks the WOW-effect
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

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.

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Acer neoTouch

Acer neoTouch

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.5
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Display3.8 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (246 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8250, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
256 MB RAM
Size4.67 x 2.48 x 0.47 inches
(118.6 x 63 x 12 mm)
4.59 oz  (130 g)
Battery1350 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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