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Acer neoTouch review

Another Windows Mobile handset from Acer, but with few standout features

Our Verdict

A fairly decent phone with most of the features you could need but it doesn't quite eclipse the best in class

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 512 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 5 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 800

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For

  • Improved WinMO 6.5
  • Connectivity
  • Fast and responsive
  • Quality screen

Against

  • Some icons are very small
  • Camera quality disappointing
  • Limited user memory

The Acer neoTouch is the third smartphone we've seen from the company since it acquired phone manufacturer E-Ten last year, and the first to feature the Windows Mobile 6.5 OS.

The front of the handset is dominated by the 3.8-inch display, with a robust glass coating that offers a quality feel. With a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, it's a sharp screen, and colour reproduction is very impressive.

Most of the phone's functions are carried out using the touchscreen, with a stylus stored in the top right corner.

The Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system is better than older versions of Windows Mobile, with larger, finger-friendly icons and more intuitive menus, but delve a little deeper and you'll still find lots of tiny options where you'll need small fingers or to use the stylus.

It also lacks the slickness and aesthetic appeal of rivals such as Google's Android OS, although at least the phone's 1GHz processor makes it a fast and responsive device.

The onscreen keyboard is fine for short text messages, but it lacks the excellent text correction software found on rivals such as the iPhone, HTC Magic and HTC Touch Diamond 2. As such, you'll have to prod very precisely at the small onscreen buttons, otherwise mistakes are frustratingly easy to make.

Triple connections

Wireless connectivity is impressive, with 3G/HSDPA, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth all built in as standard. These let you browse the internet on the move and also connect to home and office networks.

Google Maps software comes preinstalled and, with assisted GPS included, you'll also be able to use the neoTouch as a satellite navigation device. Other pre-installed software includes Office Mobile –with portable versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint – letting you get to grips with work applications on the move.

Acer has stuck with Microsoft's Internet Explorer's web browser, rather than the excellent Opera browser found on other smartphones. That said, the large screen still makes it easy to browse the web wherever you are.

The 5-megapixel camera features a dedicated shutter button on the side, automatically switching the phone into landscape mode for shooting. Image quality is disappointing, however, with colours lacking vibrancy and noise present in darker conditions. That said, there is a bright LED flash, helping slightly with night-shots.

Acer neotouch

Limited memory

The 256MB of user memory is limited, but there's also a microSD card to add further storage space. Those adding memory cards to store their music collection will be happy to find the inclusion of a regular 3.5mm headphone jack – making it easy to use your own headphones.

Battery life is disappointingly average, lasting for only a couple of days between charges under moderate use.

Overall, the neoTouch S200 isn't a bad phone. It is well made and offers a large screen, but with few stand-out features, it's difficult to recommend over the best in class.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory512 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SAR Value1.23 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyneoTouch S
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameAcer
Battery Talk Time5 Hour
Product ModelS200
Screen Size9.7 cm (3.8")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeResistive
Weight (Approximate)140 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Operating System VersionWindows Mobile 6.5 Professional
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Height118.6 mm
Width63 mm
Depth12 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesS
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product NameneoTouch S200 Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineneoTouch
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberXP.H470N.030
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

Start at the top

All the power you'd ever wanted from a smartphone. Acer neoTouch comes with 1GHz processor, the highest definition 3.8" screen, the simplest Windows Phone interface, ultra-high-speed 3G+ and WiFi connectivity and seamless synchronization with your laptop.

neoTouch for Friends

The clear and easy-to-use virtual keyboard of the neoTouch makes it easy to stay in touch with your friends and family via email, Windows Live Messenger, text messages and voice calls.

neoTouch for Power

Despite weighing just 130g, the ultra compact neoTouch features an ultra-powerful 1GHz processor, high-speed 3G+ connectivity, and integrated Wi-Fi, giving you the kind of multimedia experience on the move you're more used to seeing on high-end computers.

Package Contents
  • neoTouch S200 Smartphone
  • Mini USB Headset
  • Mini USB Sync Cable
  • Mini USB AC Adaptor
  • Quick Starter Guide (EN/FR/NL/DE/IT)
  • 1 x Battery