Summary: One of Acer's first smart phones, the Tempo X960 isn't going to strike fear into the hearts of its touchscreen competitors. A dated user interface does a poor job of covering Windows Mobile 6.1's flaws, and an unresponsive touchscreen and sluggish performance also hurt.
Pros: Good connectivity, thanks to Wi-Fi and HSDPA; expandable memory.
Cons: Poorly considered user interface; unresponsive touchscreen; tiny soft keyboard needs a stylus; buggy camera takes blurry photos; unpleasant Internet Explorer Web browser.
Conclusion: Acer need to hit the Smartphone market with a fresh idea and steer away from the E-Ten design as it’s already starting to look old. There is definitely potential to we’ll have to wait and see what will appear next!
Conclusion: The Acer X960 definitely fares way better than it sibling, the DX900. Although it doesn´t allow simultaneous use of two SIM cards, it is unique with its novelty Acer Shell interface. We sincerely recommend it to anyone who is on the lookout for a new smartphone that is fast and offers great functionality. We also like it for its great personalization capabilities that make it stand out from the crowd that the Windows Mobile market is.
Pros: Pleasing design and overall look, The Acer Shell interface is unique and functional, Fast hardware performance
Cons: In-call quality is not good enough, Mediocre camera quality, Display is rendered unusable in direct sunlight
#MWC09 LIVE: Hands-on Photoview of the new Acer X960 Windows Mobile Smartphone
28 March 2009
Excerpt: The Acer X960 is an all-purpose tool designed for those who want multiple features without having to carry several devices. A high-resolution 2.8" VGA touchscreen and five-way navigation button allow easy maneuvering. The intuitive widget-based user interface provides quick access to all your contacts, E-Mails and messages, browser and bookmarks, calendar and events, date and time, world weather and music player.
Conclusion: Overall it is a relatively middle-of-the-road offering from Acer. From a hardware point of view they provide the key tech specs that smartphone adopters are looking for, combined with the convenience and workplace support that Windows Mobile offers. Yes, you get Office Mobile, a great world time clock, email support and all the things that business users are looking for.
Pros: Simple graphic UI skin, all the key hardware specs are included
Cons: Screen reflection, sometimes unresponsive, no 3.5mm jack, poor camera software