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Acer Tempo M900 review

Acer's third Windows Mobile smart phone has a QWERTY keyboard and 5 megapixel camera

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 6 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 800 x 480

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For

  • 3.8in Touch screen
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • Acer Shell UI
  • A-GPS
  • Wi-Fi and HSDPA 3G

Against

  • Chunky and heavy
  • Touch screen not responsive enough
  • QWERTY keyboard keys don't offer enough feedback
  • Slow processing speed
  • No supplied sat nav app
  • Poor quality headphones

The Acer M900 is the third handset of the quartet announced by Acer after it took over the Glofiish brand of Windows Mobile smart phones last year and it's the chunkiest of the bunch thanks to its slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

But while its box-like proportions won't win any beauty contests, it's still a well-specced device for a relatively modest price, with quad-band network connectivity, 5 megapixel camera, 3.8-inch LCD touch screen, A-GPS, Wi-Fi and FM radio.

It also livens up the basic Windows Mobile 6.1 OS with the Acer Shell user interface, which looks good and is easy to use without the need to resort to the stylus.

Acer's first phone, the DX900, had a quirky feature in the shape of its dual SIM capability, and the M900 also has an attention-grabbing conversation piece with its fingerprint sensor, of the kind you're more likely to find on some laptops, which protects it from being accessed by anyone with the wrong fingerprint.

Design

Like the other Acer phones we've seen thus far, the M900 is no beauty queen. Sober and functional are the watch words, which is all well and good on a business-oriented phone, but when the likes of HTC and Nokia are producing phones with both business smarts and style, that approach is starting to look a little dated.

Acer m900

The M900 is the biggest of the bunch, due mainly to its slide-out QWERTY keyboard, measuring 119x62x17mm and a pocket-sagging 188g – it's quite a handful, and is even slightly bigger than HTC's recent brick, the Touch Pro2.

Fortunately, Acer bundles it with a leather belt clip, which should help save your suits any unnecessary wear and tear

Acer m900

Around the sides are a power button, a programmable key which defaults to voice control, hard reset button, camera shutter button, mini USB socket, microSD card slot with plastic cover and a jog wheel. On the bottom is the slot for the stylus, which is metal, telescopic and of pretty good quality.

On the front is the impressively large 3.8in touch screen, with speaker, VGA camera for video calls and a light sensor above it, while underneath there's just enough room for call start and stop buttons, back button, GPS services shortcut key and a touch-sensitive nav pad cum fingerprint sensor (more on that later).

There's a chunky flash of chrome-look trim running all the way around the sides and there's a metallic back plate for access to the battery and SIM card. Just above this on the back is a large protruding roundel which contains the 5 megapixel camera lens, LED flash and loudspeaker.

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 SupportedWCDMA 850, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameAcer
Battery Talk Time6 Hour
Product ModelM900
Screen Size9.7 cm (3.8")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Weight (Approximate)188 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerSamsung
Operating System VersionWindows Mobile 6.1 Professional
Messaging TypeEmail, SMS (Short Message Service), Instant Messaging, MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Caller ID
Height119 mm
Width62 mm
Depth17.1 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product NameM900 Smartphone
Processor Speed533 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, G-sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberXP.H430N.008
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

For those who need to have access to email and files at all times, the Acer M900 is an ideal smart handheld device. It allows you to keep track of your activities and access your contacts and files through synchronization with your notebook or desktop computer. High tech and reliable, the Acer M900 provides security and convenience for the effective management of your business communications on the go.

Package Contents
  • M900 Smartphone
  • Mini USB headset
  • Mini USB sync cable
  • Mini USB AC adaptor
  • Battery pack
Limited Warranty2 Year
Standard Memory128 MB