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I have this phone, and I knew before getting it that it's a fairly limited android device.
It doesn't meet all google requirements to carry the moniker 'Google Android', and Acer doesn't push the fact that it does run the Android OS.
Which I honestly think is not a bad move, the bad thing is that many sites (even online shops) claim that it is a full fledged android phone.
Though you can read the specs online at many places, I'll just point out the major things it does have and what people often expect from an android phone that it doesn't do.
GPS, with A-GPS (for which you need a data (3G/2G) connection - which is very expensive on my contract, so I'll live with just GPS; this is true on all phones/devices with A-GPS)
3.5G (HSDPA at 3.6Mb/s and HSUPA at 384kb/s I think)
support for uSDHC cards up to 32GB (many feature phones do only up to 8GB)
resistive QVGA (240x320) single-touch touchscreen
a 2GB uSD card in the box (well, mine did)
Android Market access
It's possible to install apps (.apk) by putting them on the uSD, then selecting them from the filebrowser. It's a different story on how to get market apps onto the uSD card.
On the phone as is, out of the box:
it's small (a plus in my book!) compared to most other (higher res) smartphones, feels quite solide, uSD slot is accessible from the side (no need to take out the battery to get to the slot - but needs to be unmounted from the menu), the 4 standard home, search, back and menu buttons are on the lowest part of the touch screen sensitive area, below the actual LCD screen, which I found surprising, the screen is low res, but not too bad. LCD, of acceptable quality. The interface works only in portait mode (except for some external apps), which means the whole querty keyboard must fit in the width.
I first had lots of trouble with proper typing on the tiny keys, as also mentioned on TrustedReviews, but then I realised that there's a typing recognition as T9 for the querty keyboard, allowing you to carry on after mistyping, the software will analyse the strokes taking into account potential mistyped keys and offering matching words accordingly. As long as your language is supported (it supports lots), there should be no big issue in typing relatively fast. (Trusted Reviews missed this, as usual and understandable if a reviewer only spends a short amoung of time with a device.)
The interface is relatively snappy, there's a lot of mention of the relatively slow 416MHz arm cpu in this phone, but it's very usable. Sure, compared to the really fast phones (nexus one, etc), it's clearly not as fast, but as said, it's no slouch.
The multimedia players work ok - but I've not really used them for anything but a slight bit of picture browsing and a lot of music listening.
The device also supports ogg vorbis, and plays back gaplessly. I do have the impression that it stutters once in a long while, but it might be the quality of my rips.
I also installed a flac player, which definitely stutters (once every track or so) - seems to be a player issue, I can't provoque it by upping the load, and I read that others have the same issue with this player (andless). It will need a bit more development to be production ready.
The photocam is mediocre, but for a phone IMHO good enough. Video capture is in CIF (352x288), still need to check the number of fps.
After figuring out how to get 'external' apps installed, I got stuff like andnav2 for navigation (works more like a map with a dot and trace, I didn't manage to get it to load a downloaded route, and without a data contract _and_ no wifi, I can't get one online from within Andnav2), navit (works like a real navigator using Open Street Map vector data, etc.
Then I figured out how to get stuff from the market onto the uSD card (google is your friend), not all works, some programs just aren't built with the low res in mind.
Even WQVGA would have helped (400x240 instead of the 320x240), some apps just don't fit. And some just don't work/start/install/whatnot. A surprising amount actually do function fine, so that's good.
Well, much better than I thought/expected, considering all the things (sensors etc) that the device lacks.
All in all, I really like it, but if you want a full fledged android phone, this one is not for you.
If you want a very customizable feature phone, with a small size, it's great.
And for the price it's a bargain.
Hope this helps!
BTW I got mine for 160 euros (incl shipping), so 159 pounds does seem a bit steep to me.