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Acer F900 HD review

Acer has targeted the touchscreen mobile big-boys with this smartphone

Our Verdict

Not a bad phone at all, but rivals do a lot of things better

Product features

  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 6 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 800 x 480

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For

  • Nice screen
  • Feature-packed

Against

  • Finicky OS and media playback

The F900 HD is the second smartphone from Acer since it acquired phone manufacturer E-Ten last year and is a smart-looking handset.

The 3.8-inch screen is bettered in size by some of its rivals on the market, but it still offers impressive clarity, with deep and bright colours. It's great for watching fi lms on, although we found clips often stuttered to a halt and you'll have to lower video quality settings if you want to play them back smoothly.

Acer has installed a generic software shell over the top of the Windows Mobile operating system. It's not as neatly implemented as HTC's TouchFLO software, but it works well in most situations. The onscreen keyboard could be better, however, with poor correction software that can make text messaging tricky.

The handset itself features a pleasing design, with glossy plastics on the front and hardwearing matt-black rubber on the rear. Touch-sensitive hotkeys sit below the screen, for easily navigating the OS and making and receiving calls.

A full range of features are included, with connectivity comprising HSDPA and Wi-Fi for web browsing, and Bluetooth and GPS. With 128MB of RAM, there is ample storage space and more can be added via microSD card. On the rear, a 3.2-megapixel camera produces average images.

The Acer F900 HD is a decent phone and, while it can't match the likes of HTC's Touch Diamond2 for ease of use, it's well made, stylish and feature-packed.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameAcer
Battery Talk Time6 Hour
Product ModelF900
Screen Size9.7 cm (3.8")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Weight (Approximate)155 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerSamsung
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Operating System VersionWindows Mobile 6.1 Professional
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height117.5 mm
Width63.5 mm
Depth12.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time300 Hour
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product NameF900 Smartphone
Processor Speed533 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberXP.H420N.007
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

The Acer F900 gives total control over web browsing on the go. With a 3.8-inch WVGA touch screen and new easy-to-use touch keyboard, the F900 is able to display more information on screen while offering an excellent mobile browsing experience. The new user interface makes navigating through the device a pleasure. The F900 is the perfect solution for stylish Internet connectivity anywhere.

Package Contents
  • F900 Smartphone
  • Mini USB Headset
  • Mini USB Sync Cable
  • Mini USB AC Adaptor
  • Battery Pack
Limited Warranty2 Year
Standard Memory128 MB