ACER beTouch E110 Review
The American version supports AT&T's 3G network.
Acer beTouch E110 was among the few phones that the company introduced at the 2010 Mobile World Congress. It is squarely positioned as an entry level touchscreen Android device as hinted by the 2.8” QVGA screen paired to a run-of-the-mill processor, lack of WiFi and the old 1.5 version of Google's platform. Nothing wrong with that as long as the price is right, however our review unit came with a pretty basic Android distro that lacks some crucial Google services preinstalled, most notably Android Market.
This might be a true dealbreaker for you, as you may not be able to enjoy the thousands of Android apps, YouTube, Google Maps and so on. So our advice is to first check if the phone your provider is offering you has these important programs and services or not. With that out of the way, let's delve deeper and find an answer to the question "to beTouch or not to beTouch."
What's in the box?
• Battery 1500 mAh
• 3.5mm stereo headset,
• USB to microUSB cable
• AC adapter with separate European plug
• Screen protector
• 2GB microSD card with adapter
The phone is small and compact, with a comfy feeling in the hand albeit on the light side with its 3.70 oz (105 grams). Weight is evenly distributed, while successful one-handed operation will depend on the size of your palms and fingers. For the most part, you'll be able to operate the device with one hand only.
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The overall shape is very similar to the one of the HTC Tattoo, which would also appear to be its closest rival in terms of design and specs. Despite the low price and basic plastics used for the casing (the phone is available with black or dark blue back panels), the device is built sturdy enough for normal use, and has no visible fissures between the panels and the gray bezel.
The 2.8” resistive display is one of the smallest you can find on a touchscreen device these days. It is relatively responsive for a resistive screen, but visibility in direct sunlight leaves much to be desired. The resolution is limited to QVGA as can be expected for a low-end device.
In addition to the touchscreen, for navigation can also be used the circular d-pad, which is the only elevated element in front of the device. The send and end buttons on its sides are larger than the ones found in the HTC Tattoo, for instance, and flush with the surface, glowing white when pressed. A thin touch strip in the bottom of the screen is where the home, search, back and menu icons are located; these are well spaced and responsive.
Volume rocker is on the right, easy to press, and the microUSB port used for charging and sync is located there as well, closed by a plastic cover . Оn the left side is the microSD slot, where the 2GB card coming with the device is located – no popping the battery out to swap memory anymore. There is a standard 3.5mm audio jack on top of the device where it belongs and that's all there is around the bezel, no dedicated key for the 3MP camera on the back where the speaker is located as well.