4.0 out of 5 stars
Good Phone! One small bug to consider, 17 April 2012
Excellent android phone, more compact than the massive-screened high end ones but fast and powerful enough that I, as a computer nut, don't feel annoyed at all at its performance. The interface and lock screen Acer have loaded are reasonably fast and responsive and it runs games such as Angry Birds and SNES emulators absolutely fine, haven't tried it with anything more graphically advanced yet but I find it hard to imagine it would have much trouble. Its performance is better than its clock speed of 800 MHz would suggest and reading around suggests it has a fancy processor with some clever graphics-processing tricks up its sleeve. Its screen is remarkably clear and bright, and with its high pixel count is absolutely fine for web browsing and such, that one might expect to be problematic on a screen that's small relative to the high end phones. This is not the case, it's perfectly comfortable. The touch screen is wonderfully responsive and multitouch, and seems remarkably resilient for mere plastic, mine travels in my pocket with no extra protective covering and has at best very minor blemishes after a month and a half. Its battery will hold out nicely for two days usage and it charges rapidly, as expected of a phone in this price range. Mine came running android 2.3.6, sufficiently shiny and advanced enough to run all of the latest apps.
I'm a fan of this form factor and size, it's comfortable in the hand and will actually fit in the pocket. It's been made "ergonomic" (read; "we couldn't get it thinner so me made it a bit rounded and comfortable to hold instead") which actually makes a difference if you use it often, like me.
After experiencing a Nokia 5800 and an old satnav, I was pleased to find that GPS locks came quickly and precisely to the phone, a novel experience though all is relative.
Two quirks to be aware of, there's a minor problem with windows drivers that causes it not to connect to pc's, and though I haven't tried too hard to find one yet the proposed solutions on the web do not seem simple. Perhaps a solution will present itself at a later date, but this is the only reason I didn't score the phone five stars. The screen IS small enough that typing one-handed in portrait orientation is awkward and prone to mistakes, though that's the price paid for a smaller phone and less a quirk, more a trade-off.