The neoTouch S200 is the first phone we've seen in Acer's new line-up of handsets built on , the latest version of Microsoft's mobile operating system. This phone, which is available for around £330 SIM-free, aims to impress with its speedy 1GHz Snapdragon processor and high-resolution screen.
Acer's previous smart phones weren't exactly the handsomest handsets on the block, so it's good to see that the company has paid more attention to design with the S200. It looks much more stylish than its predecessors, with strong, angular lines and sleek touch buttons lined up under the display.
The 97mm (3.8-inch) resistive touchscreen display is also much more impressive than the ones that have graced previous Acer handsets. Not only is it very large, but it's got a high resolution of 800x480 pixels, which means you do less scrolling around when viewing Web pages in the much improved Internet Explorer Web browser. Note that, unlike capacitive touchscreens, resistive touchscreens require some pressure to register your input.
The most impressive aspect of the S200 is its amazingly fast 1GHz Snapdragon processor, which really does make the handset feel lightning-fast. We've never seen a phone render Web pages as quickly as this one.
The S200's connectivity can't be faulted either. It's quad-band, so it'll happily work in most countries around the world, and there's both HSDPA and Wi-Fi support for fast data downloads. Bluetooth is also included, alongside GPS. The GPS is, however, noticeably slower to establish an initial lock on satellites than that of other recent smart phones we've tested.
Also, call quality isn't really one of this phone's strong points. Callers just don't sound as clear as they do with other smart phones we've used. This may be partly because the earpiece isn't all that loud. Although the handset has a speaker-phone mode, it's not much cop, as it tends to distort audio at higher volumes.