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Acer neoTouch P300 review

Barry de la Rosa
23 Jul 2010
Acer neoTouch P300
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
280
inc VAT

Despite a good selection of apps, Windows Mobile has a poor touchscreen interface, and the ugly P300 doesn't make life easier with its poor screen, battery life and keyboard

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Specifications

Windows Mobile 6.5.3, 3.2in 240x400 display

The Acer neoTouch P300 is one of the few new phones that comes with Windows Mobile 6.5.3, the last version of Microsoft's mobile OS before the new version, Windows Phone 7, launches this Christmas. If you're on a Microsoft Exchange company network, Windows Mobile offers many features to make accessing your work contacts, emails and calendars easier.

The familiar Windows interface makes it easy to set up access to email, contacts and calendars via Exchange ActiveSync. Acer has gone one step further and added a social networking app; however, this only connects to Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and Blogger - a strange and incomplete choice.

You get a full set of office apps, including Office Mobile, Adobe's Reader software and MSN Money, as well as Google Maps, Facebook and Windows Live messenger. Microsoft's new Marketplace doesn't have as many apps as Android's Market or Apple's App Store, but the few apps there are of a higher standard than in the Symbian, BlackBerry or Palm app stores.

The P300's dull black plastic case isn't very pretty, and it's too fat to fit comfortably in your pocket. The slide-out keyboard is awful, with flat, rubbery keys that have no travel and a terrible layout. There aren't dedicated Full Stop and Comma keys, and the Space key is only double-width and placed on the left side. For some strange reason, Acer has seen fit to place a key directly to its right that launches the email app, which can be very annoying.

The screen isn't very impressive either. We noticed a lot of pixellation, especially on Windows' text, and despite strong colours, photos lacked punch. Without an accelerometer, you have to open the keyboard to change from portrait to landscape mode. The touchscreen is a resistive model, and quite responsive, but unfortunately the P300's processor can't always keep up with your instructions, so the screen does lag occasionally.

As one of the last Windows phones to appear before Windows Phone 7 is released, the only reason to buy the P300 would be if your company demands it for compatibility reasons. It's slow, unattractive and doesn't last very long without a charge, and it's not available on contract.

Details

Price£280
Rating**

Hardware

Main display size3.2in
Native resolution240x400
Second DisplayNo
CCD effective megapixels3.2-megapixel
Video recording formatMP4, 3GP
ConnectivityBluetooth, USB, WiFi
GPSyes
Internal memory256MB
Memory card supportmicroSDHC
Memory card included0MB
Operating frequenciesGSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 2100
Wireless dataEDGE, UMTS
Size110x55x15mm
Weight131g

Features

Operating systemWindows Mobile 6.5.3
Microsoft Office compatibilityWord/Excel/PowerPoint editors, PDF viewer
Email clientPOP3/IMAP/Exchange
Audio format supportWMA, WAV, MP4, 3GP, M4A, M4V, AMR, AWB, MP3, MIDI
Video playback formatsWMV, MP4, 3GP, M4V, AVI, FLV
FM Radiono
Web BrowserInternet Explorer
Accessoriesheadset, data cable, charger, pouch, spare battery
Talk time4 hours
Standby time16.7 days
Tested battery life (MP3 playback)9h 43m

Buying Information

SIM-free price£280
Price on contractN/A
SIM-free supplierwww.handtec.co.uk
Contract/prepay supplierN/A
Detailswww.acer.co.uk

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