The new member to join the reasonable Acer beTouch E series is the beTouch E140. Like the other models E110 and E120, it houses 2.8inch resistive screen that supports 240X320 pixel resolution. This inexpensive handset has few goodies to offer like Wi-Fi connection, Froyo and Android market, which makes the phone more appealing than the predecessors.
The design of the handset is almost same like other low-end Android phones in the market. The phone feels pretty compact with its dimensions 2.2 inch wide, 0.5inch deep and 4.11inch tall and extremely lightweight weighing just 3.35oz. Hence it is easy to handle and operate in one hand. Due to the plastic build, it is prone to fingerprints.
When a 2.8inch resistive touchscreen and QVGA resolution are combined you don’t really find great experience, same thing with the beTouch E140. The display supports 262144 hues. Sometimes the smaller text is hard to read on the screen so while browsing you might get irritated. Even the color reproduction is not specifically good. This invades to viewing angles as well. In certain angles it is impossible to make out what is actually displayed. On the positive end, the display is quick to respond for a resistive type and you won’t go through many problems with it.
The phone owes a neat design. The front estate apart from screen accommodates standard Android resistive touch buttons and 3 physical buttons. The right spine houses volume rocker, the top side resides a 3.5mm audio jack and the rear end holds the 3.2MP camera.
- OS : Android Froyo
- CPU : 600MHz Qualcomm 7227 processor
- Display : 2.8inch QVGA resistive touchscreen
- Camera : 3.2MP
- Dimension : 2.2 X 0.5 X 4.11 inches
- Weight : 3.35oz
- Price : $270 (free of contract)
Features and User Interface
Android is a rage that is proving to be tempting for few phone enthusiasts. The phone comes with plethora of Google goodies like Places, Maps, Latitude and most importantly Android Market. The company has enhanced the E140’s media capabilities by previously loading 2 apps. One is Spinlets, a free streaming network and another is urFooz that allows you to create a virtual edition of yourself.
The Phonebook has practically unlimited capacity because it depends on the free memory. The onboard storage space is 256MB but you get a chance to expand it up to 32GB using a microSD card. To your surprise, you get 2GB card out of the box.
The UI of the phone is not customized properly. It possesses 2 widgets where one has pictures, movies and music and the other includes Acer-related options and shortcuts for Facebook & Picasa.
The Froyo QWERTY virtual keyboard is adored by so many people but the one on the E140 is not so appealing. There’s no much space between the letters so it surely leads to occasional typing mistakes. Moreover, the extreme left and right buttons are bit hard to press so you might end up pressing some other letter.
In spite of resistive screen, the QWERTY virtual keyboard is responsive and you don’t face any signs of lagging. The keyboard is available in landscape as well as portrait mode. Disappointing thing is that Swype option is not present.
Connectivity and Browsing
One of the fields where the phone totally shines is its connectivity. The phone is not just quad-band GSM handset operating at 850/900/1800/1900MHz but also supports UMTS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections. GPS with A-GPS option is obtainable as bonus which works really well. For the wired connection it involves microUSB port.
Since the screen is resistive, you won’t be provided with pinch-to-zoom option while browsing. You only get zoom-in/out buttons and double tap option, however these are not implemented so well in Android. Also, the Flash is missing due to that fact that it runs by not so muscular processor. Plus, the low resolution screen makes the picture quality disaster and uncomfy while browsing. Nevertheless, even though it’s a low-end phone, the presence of Wi-Fi is bracing.
The 3.2MP camera misses out Flash and autofocus options but ropes in few settings such as brightness and white balance. Despite having that, the photos turn out to be miserable. In proper light conditions you can notice decent color saturation but photos with hardly any details. And in the poor lightings just don’t bother to use the camera.
Like most of the inexpensive handsets, E140 fails to deliver much in music-playing capabilities. The speaker’s quality is mediocre where the sound is not impressively loud. Same case with the headphones which produce some middling sounds. In the middle of crowdy place it is impossible to listen to music.
To play your entire favorite music standard Android music player is there and a Nemo Player is also offered that can play music as well as movies. Since it’s a low-end mobile you can’t expect music player to support Xvid file. MPEG-4 videos can be watched on the phone and to your surprise its max resolution is as sharp as 480X800.
With processor running at 600MHz, we can easily say that E140 gets the work done. Almost everything is executed in a faster manner and you can hardly notice any lag.
Call quality is acceptable with loud and clear voices but sound bit unnatural. The annoying thing regarding the calls is that you can notice continuous hissing sound. However, it gets better when you decrease the phone’s volume. The other end callers go through with slight distortion and cannot hear the voices properly.
Coming to battery endurance, the phone employs 1300mAh battery that is rated at 6hrs of talk time.
The E140 is a polarizing handset with few strong sides as well as weak points. At $270, you should be ready for few tradeoffs. Overall, it is compact, easy-to-carry phone with decent processor and good array of connection options. The fact that it comes packed with Froyo and array of Google services is more than sufficient to drive the customers towards it.