I was just wondering what everyone's impression of this phone was now that some of you have had it a while. The photos of the phone online look terrible but I'm guessing (and hoping) it looks better in person. The black version is out now as well.
The price seems almost too cheap and acer products I've bought in the past haven't worked so well due to bad build quality. The screen more than anything is what is tempting me but I've also got the impression that the battery life is terrible.
Any suggestions either way?
It looks like 2.0/2.1 might not be coming to the phone either.
I just got the acer not even a full 2 days ago. I like it, coming from other 'touch screen phone' I did have some trouble typing again. Its very capable and like you said the screen is very nice. It is a quick phone, just gotta take your time getting used to it. Just typing this was good practice. Whew
I've had mine for three days now, and I'm very impressed; although I have only had basic phones in the past. Personally, I don't think you can go far wrong with it considering the price (I paid £288 unlocked), and I have read that it will be getting a 2.0/1 update.
It feels quick & smooth to navigate and the screen is of good quality. The camera seems reasonable although no flash, but I don't need or want one on my phone so this wasn't an issue for me. The casing is ABS plastic with shiny outer appearance but has a solid feel. I'm not sure if the look of the white version is for everyone, but I really like it. It also has notification icons on the top for email etc., so great for pouch cases (it fits in More-Thing iPhone Vintage case btw).
As for the battery life, I can't see how its going to be any different to other android phones. Based on my experience so far, once my usage levels out I reckon it should be fairly good.
I gave it only 6 hours on charge after it came out of the box (it suggests 8), it has then had around 4hrs use, and was plugged into a laptop for 4 hours the following day (maybe 60% or so, to fully charged. After some more very heavy use in the evening, another hour this morning, it was at 20% and asking me to plug it in.
edit: BatteryTime Lite estimates 340hrs idle, 6hrs talk and 5 hrs web at 89%, so I'll have to see how valid that is, that idle time is a bit silly
Last edited by mizx; January 30th, 2010 at 12:18 PM.
The current version does not support multitouch. But i red, that there will be an multitouch upgrade with 2.0.
I have mine for several weeks now and afterall im happy with it. But there were also some issues that almost made giving it back...
There are still several bugs, apps crash very often and i also dont like the phone layout (i mean the layout when u are making a phoincall).
But the most annoying thing is the batterylife. I dont know what mizx did, but my battery doesnt even last the half of his. Im trying to get the asian OS on it now and i hope that will help. Also looking forward for the 2.0 Version.
All the other things work perfectly, phone looks great and touchscreen works smooth (but not as smooth as the iphone).
If u want to w8 a bit longer, i would suggest you to get one of the other Smartphones Acer is going to release this year. I think they are just trying to get experience with the a1.
But if u want a smartphone now, get it, its very cheap and with the 2.0 a rly great phone (hopefully).
I would get it again.
Comparing the drainage, based on 50% to full charging last night, 10 hours standby, then 3 hours use during lectures today with 3g web access, and browsing lecture materials pdf/ppt etc.
-4% per hour on standby
-10% per hour during average to heavy-ish use
So the standby is terrible, there's no way it should be draining at almost half the rate seen during usage. However all things considered, and the talk time quoted by Acer, battery life during usage seems reasonable to me.
Anyway, it looks like everyone is having standby problems with the EU version, I'm hoping there will be an improvement with the Eclair update.
Last edited by mizx; February 1st, 2010 at 02:03 PM.
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