Smartphone Review – Acer Vs HTC Android


The HTC Wildfire certainly packs a punch, considering the price is less than £300 for a Sim-free phone. A 3.2-inch screen with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels offers an incredibly bright and sharp image. The screen wobbles a bit, but for its size it will get the job done for most users. The obvious drawback with screens this size is that you’ll always struggle to view websites, particularly text, because it’s so small. Yes, you can zoom, but it’s not really the same as seeing the full screen.

The Acer beTouch E400 is a very stylish, slightly iPhone-like smartphone that can either attract or deter potential customers. In fact, I prefer it to the heavy iPhone, which can be difficult to hold and use with one hand. You typically discover this while driving, using heavy machinery, or while in the bathroom. You have been warned!

The 3.2 inches seem to be swallowed up by the case. Good for fingerprints as you can grip the phone without worrying about dirty fingers smearing on the beautiful screen. I’m all for this as fingerprints drive me crazy and I spend all my time cleaning the damn thing.

I liked that the carousel navigation on the Acer is excellent and reminded me of a Finder window on a MacBook. The only annoying thing is the presence of the ‘Acer Spinlets’ app on the home screen. I’m not a fan of this kind of service from manufacturers, when they simply don’t have enough content to warrant it. It will never be more than a gimmick at best, but well done for trying. I’ve owned Acer laptops in the past and easily outlasted more expensive Dells and Toshiba. They are rugged phones and probably a better choice if your lifestyle demands a more rugged device.

It feels less valuable than the HTC and you probably won’t worry too much about a few scratches, they’re designed to scratch, fall apart and stop working. It usually happens right before their contracts end!

The good news is all the usual smartphones – stock Android kit on both, including 3G (7MB download), Google Maps, Wi-Fi and GPS. The HTC’s 5-megapixel camera (with flash) offers one of the best images for any smartphone in this price range, but the Acer lacked clarity, despite the slightly higher price. a younger market, hungry for new technology, but on a tight budget.

HTC’s standard social networking app is FriendStream, which comes pre-installed on all phones. If you’ve ever used desktop aggregation tools like seismic, you’re already familiar with this type of application. If you’re a big fan of Facebook and Twitter, you may already have a favorite app, but remember that it’s built into the phone’s system, so it’s less likely to crash. Well that’s the theory anyway! Some new features, like Facebook’s caller ID, are pretty cool, but you could probably live without them; It depends on how handsome your friends are.

HTC was actually a pioneer in touch screen technology in 2007. Its excellence in this field is written all over the phone, even in the restrictive screen size. Pinch-to-zoom is responsive yet easy to use, and makes the small screen easy to navigate.

I am a fan of both manufacturers and really appreciate both phones for different reasons. The Acer feels more rugged, but the HTC is really stylish and I think it would appeal to more people. In my opinion, the fundamental problem with screens of this size is that you are never going to get the most out of this technology.

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