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As you are probably well aware, the current fashion with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional devices like the Acer DX900 dictates you use a personalized interface to hide the unsightly face of the OS and of course, help alleviate the pain, caused by the interminable wait on version 6.5. In this particular case, the phone comes with Spb Shell preloaded. We have recently analyzed it exhaustively in our review on the Eten X610. It´s looks great and is finger friendly, but unfortunately that friendliness doesn´t seem to have pervaded all menus. Navigating to certain basic functions like the calendar or messages, you´re confronted with the standard Windows Mobile interface and its annoying, miniature icons.

The novelties due to the use of two SIM cards are easy to notice in the connectivity functions, i.e. the Communication Manager. It allows you to switch on and off either line if necessary. The fact that you can assign different ringtones to either line is something we quite liked. Lines can be also managed separately in the dialing menu through Talk 1 and 2 buttons. What really went over big with us was we wereable to filter contact numbers by entering digits (6-3-6 equals Neo). In case you wonder why we seem to be that ecstatic over so simple a function, here´s the brief answer - you cannot easily choose which SIM card to use to make a call. Despite the fact that contact menu shows a combined list, made up of all numbers you have stored on both SIM cards, you can only make an outgoing call through the first SIM card (the one that allows 3G) at least from your contacts menu. If you feel like making a call through the second SIM card, here is what you should do – open your contacts, dial a number, hang up, enter recent calls, select the last contact/number and press the Talk 2 button. Wow, that´s really comfy, isn´t it? The other way is to use the options menu. We do believe Acer could´ve added a second send button just the way Chinese manufacturers do.

We believe going into details on messaging, emails or organizer functions unnecessary here. Just like any other Windows Mobile device out there, the Acer DX900 offers an abundance of options and a hindered interface to prevent you from making good use of them. People who are used to the OS will feel in their element, but the rest will hardly find themselves pleased with what they see. You´ve got Internet Explorer to surf the Web, but we wholeheartedly recommend that you switch over to another one as soon as you can, say, Opera Mobile or Skyfire since they both seem to be ahead of the game. Plus, that´s exactly what´s so great about smart phones anyway – the freedom to personalize and improve the device by getting and running software of your own choosing. Right?

Multimedia and GPS:

If taking a glance at the Acer DX900 has failed to convince you this is a device meant for work, facing its multimedia capabilities will do just about that. What we find OK is its playback capacity (though the built-in Windows Media Player has never been to our liking, at all), even if for no other reason other than the clear, powerful sound. We were able to watch MPEG H.264/H.263 movies and they played well, but DivX playback fell out to be barely acceptable due to excessive stuttering, just like on the V900. Certainly, third party software can help with that, but Acer doesn´t provide any other pre-installed multimedia players.

Camera quality
is hardly the strength of any Windows Mobile smart phone and the Acer DX900 is no exception. Its pleasing, easy-on-the-eye interface that places a bunch of shortcuts directly onto the view finder is hardly of any use due to the low camera quality. As you can see for yourself, the snapshot quality is fair to middling at best.

The phone has got a built-inGPS and the software allows you to get up-to-date information on satellites in sky, helping you to pinpoint their location fast. Our first intersection took about 3 minutes, while the “hot” start mere 5 seconds. Unfortunately, the Acer DX900 comes preloaded with no navigation software, so you need to buy a third party pack or use free apps like Google Maps.

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