Acer beTouch E210
Acer's beTouch E210 is based around a touchscreen user interface though it also has a QWERTY keyboard
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Data services: 3G
Media player/capture: Y
Memory: 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM
Acer's beTouch E210 is designed to be a lifestyle device that allows users to step into the world of touchscreen smartphones without sacrificing a QWERTY keyboard. This combination should give the user the best of both worlds in terms of usability.
The E210 runs Android 2.2 and offers a clean interface comprising of five homescreens, which can be used to display your most popular apps and widgets.
The phone includes some useful apps and offers access to Android marketplace. It would be advisable to invest in a microSD card however, as the Acer offers only 512MB of memory.
The 2.6-inch touchscreen is based on resistive technology and feels unresponsive at times. Given that you will probably use the screen a lot, Acer should have really opted for a capacitive screen. In terms of colours and clarity too, the screen is just average.
The phone's 3.2-megapixel camera lacks a flash and so can only capture decent images in daylight. Night shots are, expectedly, packed with noise. Speaking of daylight, the screen also tends to wash out, so using GPS functionality on a road trip was quite a challenge.
In mixed use the beTouch E210's battery life after a full charge is also somewhat disappointing; we found we had to charge the smartphone at the end of each day.