Acer launch Android Stream

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Posted May 27, 2010 by Thomas Shambler in News

We had a quick play with Acer‘s latest Stream, as seen at the clear.fi launch event. The Android-running smartphone was shown for its ability to stream and send movies, music and pics to Acer‘s new media center, but looks like a cracking smartphone in its own right.

The Stream is marketed as a high-end multimedia device, that has been optimized for watching movies, listening to music and browsing the web. It’s pretty slim, just 11.2mm thin, with a svelte metallic coating  that feels pretty good in the hand.

The Android UI has been skinned by Acer, with new home widgets and homescreen. It has been given a ‘peeling’ feature, that lets you drag and drop the app menu from the homescreen.

The Acer Stream will come packed with Acer UrFooz – letting you create a ‘virtual you’ that integrates with Facebook and Twidroid, as well as working with your address book.

It has a 3.7in ultra-sharp AMOLED  touchscreen, with a decent 2000:1 contrast ratio. It has a 3G and HSDPA connection, with Wi-Fi (handy if you’re using its streaming abilities). Under the hood, its got a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, with 512MB of RAM. Right now it’s running Android 2.1, but we were told it will eventually get the 2.2 Froyo upgrade in time.

It’s HD friendly, capable of recording 720p vids with its 5MP camera. The built-in GPS lets you take geotagged shots, and you will be able to stick both pics and vids on your TV via HDMI port.

The Acer Stream comes with 2GB memory built-in, with a free 8GB memory card in the box. It supports microSD cards up to 32GB.

During our play, we thought the skinned menu-system worked well, but was a tad confusing for our liking. Its streaming capabilities couldn’t be tested, but the 1GHz processor was snappy and launched programs quite quick.

They didn’t have any price or launch date info available, but we’ll try and torture that out of some Acer execs later today.


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Thomas Shambler

Editor of Stuff in the Middle East. Known for his witty reviews and insightful comments on some of the world’s coolest kit, he is responsible for putting together the magazine, testing the newest tech, and writing features at the laser-cut edge of the gadget world. Thomas also makes regular broadcast appearances during which he gives friendly advice and warns the world of the impending robot Armageddon.

2 Comments


  1.  
    ahmed

    well engadget says this event is in the UAE ????
    how come i wasnt invited :(
    i thought i was ur no.1 shoudnt u have at least made a competition for one person to come along




  2.  

    Engadget are wrong – it’s in Beijing. We know, because we are there – and we took the pictures, too.

    Sorry about the competition Ahmed. Will try and get someone on the next trip.





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