Acer newTouch P400 Smartphone Review

Acer has released two new smartphones in the mid-range, the BeTouch E400 and NewTouch P400. The two models almost similar, they only differ in their operating system. While BeTouch runs on Android, the NexTouch P400 runs on Windows Mobile 6.5.3. This has everything that makes the success of smartphones: 3G network access, large touch screen of 3.2 inches (8.1 centimeters) diagonally, 3.2 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Web browser with Flash support, connection to the Microsoft Exchange corporate email, social networking preinstalled. Let's see if this model is interesting


Acer is constant in the design of its smartphones: the case of the P400 is more restrained, with a black in the front and a soft-touch plastic at the back. Opening the back cover to insert a microSD card is very difficult without nails. The same thing is while removing the battery to insert the SIM card.

The screen offers a definition of 320 x 480 pixels. It is the only strong point. While it is tactile, but the technology used (resistive screen) makes the use of a stylus, it lacks precision when used with a finger. As for its quality, if there is brightness, with 347 cd/m², contrast and viewing angles becomes very poor. You will not be able to see anything under the sun!

Always for ergonomics hand, P400 has on/off button, a button to adjust the volume, and also button to take a photo or video. And also there are four touch-sensitive keys below the screen, but there are so sensitive that they often get active and result in error. A good point, however, about the button on the home page is that it changes color when you have a missed call or received an e-mail.

Windows Mobile

The Acer runs Windows Mobile 6.5.3. This is the latest version of the operating system until the release of Windows Mobile 7, in the month of October. Unfortunately, the system takes quite a blow against old Android 2.1 of Google, and iOS4 of Apple.

It moves with great difficulty between menus and sub-folders, sometimes windows look older then Windows Mobile 6.0 displaying cryptic messages. The management of the system parameters is quite complicated, even if Acer has introduced fast access to the battery management, sound or wireless network directly by a retractable banner at the top of the homepage of the phone.

The integrated browser is Internet Explorer 6, slower and less ergonomic then Opera, Safari or the Android browser. The P400 has a low download speed (911 Kbps) and high sensitivity (-98.5 dBm) to capture the GSM network.


Like any smartphone, the P400 offers advanced multimedia features. It made pictures and videos with its 3.2-megapixel sensor. Unfortunately, the results are not very compelling. The image lacks color and sharpness, especially the dark scenes.

The video clips are recorded in 320 x 240 points only in 3GP format and not MPEG-4 as on many smartphones. At audio, headphones and built-in speaker is very poor, with a very low output power. However, playback video player offers good surprises, the P400 bed without the

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