Taiwanese manufacturer Acer has broadened their output considerably in the last few years, branching out from laptops to offer a range of smartphones.
They were here in force at Mobile World Congress with a host of new phones, ticking all the boxes from basic blowers to high end handsets.
The Acer Liquid e was their flagship device on show, a slightly underwhelming announcement due to being a carbon copy of their previous Android phone, the Liquid, new beefed up with Google’s newest flavour of software.
The handset boasts above average specs nevertheless, with the Liquid e coming equipped with a 3.5″ TFT capacitive touchscreen, 5 megapixel auto focus camera, as well as Acer’s bespoke social networking solution – the soon to be ubiquitous stream of updates and tweets from friends and contacts.
The beTouch and neoTouch brands were given a new lease of life too, with Android phones bring added to the roster of Window phones previously produced.
The beTouch E110 and Acer beTouch E400 both arrived, the former an entry device with an unassuming form and some solid specs – 3G, 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen, Android 1.5 and a 3.15 megapixel camera – whilst the latter rocked the more current Eclair version, a larger 3.2-inch display and smartphone trappings like GPS and Wi-Fi.
Both did add a little nuance to the Android experience, however, sporting unique Acer widgets including support for the Spinlets service – enabling users to search for and stream music, movies and TV content directly on the device, all for free.
Both ran the Android platform at a decent rate of knots, looked stylish and seems to have enough unique charm (and more importantly, features) to stand out in a soon-to-be crowded Google phone market.
Acer’s Windows Phone contingent was also out in force, offering a dynamic duo handsets ready for the latest version of Microsoft’s OS.
The Acer neoTouch P300 was the quintessential ‘professional’ device, the phone that offers both business and personal functionality in a compact slider design.
The 3-row QWERTY keyboard was fine for typing if a little spongy, perhaps, the 3.2-inch screen was crisp and perfect for media playback), whilst Windows Mobile 6.5.3, Wi-Fi, GPS, Pocket Office (Word, Excel, etc.) and Exchange corporate e-mail support offers more than enough in terms of a strong productivity feature set.
Doubling up was the Acer neoTouch P400, an altogether more sleek and slender Windows phone, something for the hotdesking media types rather than the old-school professional. Gone is the P300′s keyboard, but the specs and Windows 6.5.3 remain.
A decent turn out from Acer, we would say. As relative newcomers to the smartphone game, their output is far from adverturous, but their experience with Windows has delivered two very competent devices, and dipping their toe in the Android waters has gleaned results with the Liquid and Liquid e.
With all of these handsets touted for Q1 and Q2 releases, we think Acer could be one to watch as they gather steam in 2010.