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Acer beTouch E210 review: Acer beTouch E210

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Pray for the pad

This annoyance is mitigated somewhat by the presence of a touch-sensitive trackpad, which sits below the display. You can use this to navigate around your home screens and select options within applications. It's a little skittish at times and certainly takes some getting used to, but, on the whole, it removes the need to prod forlornly at the unresponsive screen.

With Android 2.2 Froyo on board, the E210 isn't exactly up-to-date. Rival phones, such as the Qwerty-boasting Samsung Galaxy Pro, run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which means they benefit from increased speed and performance.

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The low resolution of the screen makes viewing Web pages difficult.

Still, Froyo lets you access most applications, although getting some of them to run on the E210's landscape screen is awkward. Many default to a portrait viewpoint -- for example, on the E210, the game Doodle Jump forces you to play holding the handset sideways. It's hardly a deal-breaker, but it feels odd all the same.

Stale chip 

The 600MHz processor that powers the E210 is at the low end of the Android spectrum these days, although casual users should find that it's adequate for their needs. There's a slight lag when transitioning between menus and applications, but Acer has wisely opted for a reasonably untouched version of Android, which speeds things up.

The E210 comes equipped with a 3.5mm headphone socket and a 2GB microSD card for music, photo and video storage. The 3-megapixel camera lacks both an LED flash and autofocus, and the results are predictably average. Video recording is also disappointing, although, if you have no intention of viewing the footage on anything other than the phone's screen, you probably won't be too disappointed.

Conclusion

The Acer beTouch E210 suffers from many of the faults of its predecessor, the E130. Running an old version of Android and packing a hopeless touchscreen, the phone's only saving grace is its excellent keyboard. If you're not particularly fussed about physical buttons, we'd recommend you look elsewhere for your budget Android fix.

Edited by Charles Kloet 

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