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The Acer beTouch E400 is a feature-rich Android smartphone.
The Acer beTouch E400 is styled along the same lines as the neoTouch P400 and to look at, these two handsets are almost identical. The 3.2 inch touchscreen is framed in black with four touch-sensitive buttons arranged along the bottom. The home key features smart LED lighting and changes according to what you’re up to, for example if you receive a text or have a missed call. This is a neat touch; both helpful as you know instantly when you get a message or the battery needs charging, and a design enhancement as the ring of colour looks good.
The screen is quick and responds to the lightest touch. Although it is resistive rather than capacitive like the iPhone or the HTC Hero, the screen handles really well – and if you should struggle with smaller items like web links, the stylus ensures this is not an issue.
Typing short and long messages on the Acer beTouch E400 is supported by a decent QWERTY keyboard. The virtual keypad becomes QWERTY when you flip it on its side into landscape mode. The screen split is effective between the keypad and the writing space, ensuring you can type confidently as well as see what you are writing.
The Acer beTouch E400 comes in soft touch black which is good at resisting fingerprint marks, ceramic white and pearl red. Each colour option is complemented by the chrome effects on the side of the phone.
Unlike the nearly-identical P400 which runs on Windows Mobile, the Acer beTouch E400 operates on the Android 2.1 platform with the Acer UI on top. There are apps for instant messaging, Facebook and Twitter so you can access these features with a press of the screen. The 600MHz Qualcomm processor keeps the phone running pretty swiftly and the Wi-Fi together with 3G support provide fast internet connection.
Among the Acer aspects of the E400 is Acer Spinlets which lets you stream music – which you can then enjoy via the 3.5mm audio jack. There is also Acer Sync which enables automatic Wi-Fi or cloud-based synchronisation of your phone with your notebook or desktop. It is cloud-based so you can update on the move and ensure your documents and contacts are always the latest edition.
When it comes to documents, if this is important to you you’ll like the ability of the Acer beTouch E400 to open, edit and send Office documents via email. And the email is supported by Microsoft Exchange Server so you can receive your Outlook emails wherever you are.
The camera may only be a 3.2-megapixel one, but the features are impressive. The camera on the E400 has a flash, digital zoom, scene mode and geo-tagging. The video option can be operated with just a press of the video icon, and you can post directly onto YouTube too.
The price of the Acer beTouch E400 is still to be confirmed.
The Acer beTouch E400 looks stylish and has some good features to help you stay on top of both your work and social life.