Acer beTouch E120 and beTouch E130: Android in BlackBerry's clothing

The Acer beTouch E120 and beTouch E130 are Android handsets that could entice BlackBerry lovers to cross the park to Android

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The Acer beTouch E120 and beTouch E130 round out our mobile phone coverage for the day. One's a touchscreen Android handset and the other is a 'Droid-powered take on the BlackBerry shape.

Both throb with HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. They boast 3.2-megapixel cameras and FM radios, and both come in iPhone-like black or white livery.

The E120, pictured right, gives you the choice of tapping on the 2.8-inch touchscreen or clicking the 5-way D-pad to control the phone. It will be available from mid-July.

The E130, pictured left, is a kind of trainer bra for BlackBerry addicts looking to switch to Android. Unusually for a 'Droid phone, the qwerty keyboard is front and centre instead of being hidden away as a slider. It also sports a 2.6-inch screen and will drop in August 2010.

Disappointingly, they only offer Google's Android 1.6 operating system, which is so ages ago. Acer has added a custom front end that includes music streaming Spinlets software and built-in Facebook and Twitter.