Conclusion: The Stream is Acer’s best phone to date. It has a gorgeous screen, is very easy to use, boasts great sound and video quality and is generally a great all-round device. We can’t help but lament the lack of a flash on the camera, but otherwise this is a seriously powerful piece of kit with a great design. Easily up there with the likes of the HTC Desire and Google Nexus One.
Conclusion: Acer’s latest attempt at an Android smartphone is definitely a valiant one. The hardware is well designed and well built, with a brilliant screen and very speedy performance. Unfortunately however, the camera lets it down big-time and the Acer UI isn’t perfect. But if your not looking to take perfect photos and videos, then this phone could definitely still be the Android smartphone for you.
Conclusion: The Acer Stream managed to surprise us pleasantly, we won't hide it. We would even go as far as to say that it reinvented the image of a mediocre smartphone maker the company had established for itself for us. You usually have to come up with something truly noteworthy when you find yourself with a bunch of uninspired devices behind your back. Sometimes, this means you have to get off the beaten track and... you know, go for it.
Pros: Easy to use, unconventional interface, Box full of accessories
Cons: Mediocre camera quality, Lacks flash, Interface could be more fluid
Excerpt: Acer's first Android smartphone, the Liquid, was good-looking, powerful, and ran the latest version of Android. However, it wasn't offered on contract by the major mobile networks in the UK, and so probably passed most people by. Despite a 3.7in AMOLED screen, 1GHz processor and Android 2.1, the networks have passed up the new Stream too. Thankfully you can get it free on contract from third-party retailers, such as Expansys.
Conclusion: Overall we found navigation to be fast, with little sign of lag anywhere in the device. Applications loaded with pace and executed their functions without problems. For all the changes that Acer has brought in, we found the Stream to run the UI without any problems. It also worked just the same when this UI was switched off. The keyboard was improved by turning off the haptic feedback on presses, which allowed a faster rate of text entry.
Pros: Some interesting tweaks by Acer, Dolby Mobile, no sign of lag from the OS
Cons: Custom UI might be a little too constrained for some, video capture isn't that impressive, video shortcut buttons seem superfluous