We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Android smartphones Reviews
15,669 Reviews

Acer Stream review

£400 inc VAT (SIM-free)

Manufacturer: Acer

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The Acer Stream is a Google Android 2.1 smartphone with a 3.7in screen, a 5Mp camera and solid battery life.

The Acer Stream is a Google Android 2.1 smartphone with a 3.7in screen, a 5Mp camera and solid battery life. Here's our review.

Acer has a wide range of Android smartphones, split into four main series. There's the Liquid range, comprising four models; the Betouch range of seven; the Neotouch range with its three handsets; and Stream, consisting of just one smartphone, the Acer Stream we have here.

The Acer Stream certainly looks a little more upmarket than its cheaper companions. It has a tidy construction in metal-effect plastic that appears relatively high quality. This looks smart at first, but be warned that the gunmetal paint is liable to chip and wear off in everyday use. The back is a tough rubberised plate, with a cover that slides off to reveal the removable battery and slots for SIM and microSD.

The Acer Stream's main screen is the Amoled type, quite colourful but not as sharp as an Apple iPhone.

Two connection ports are offered under a rubber bung on the Acer Stream's left edge - microUSB for charging and data connections, and a mini HDMI.

Most intriguing are a line of three real buttons on the Acer Stream's front face, below the screen. These have somewhat cryptic arrows and line inscribed. But they didn't seem to do much. Consulting the manual, they're billed as media control buttons, to control rewind, play/pause and fast forward. We tried them on a video but they didn't do anything.

The power/standby switch is top left side - fairly easy to press without call for fingernails. Below this are volume up and down keys.

On the bottom right corner of the Acer Stream is a similar switch to activate the camera. This was tricky to operate, as there was no tactile feedback to indicate when you'd pressed it successfully. Often the only way you'd know if a picture had been shot is when, a few seconds later, the image would appear on the screen in place of the live view. Stills were underexposed and not as good as we'd hope for a 5Mp camera.

Equipped with Android 2.1, the Acer Stream is somewhat behind the curve in Android land. So there's no attempt to render Adobe Flash content, for instance. We noticed that at least one key feature was absent, namely the option for internet tethering to a nearby laptop over Wi-Fi.

To unlock the screen, there's a neat corner-roll effect, with the lower left corner showing an animated curled page you must swipe up to unlock.

Interface has constant apps in two rows at bottom of the home screen. Swiping upwards brings up the rest of the installed apps, with the constant apps staying at the top of the screen when you swipe sideways.

If you swipe downwards on the home screen, you can browse Cover Flow-style through recent apps and pages. Screen animations were ambitious but a little jerky and amateurish-feeling.

Battery life was quite good at around three days in standby, up to two days with intermittent calls and online usage.

Next page: Our expert verdict >>

See also:

Mobile phone deals

Mobile Advisor

Google Android phone reviews

Acer Stream Expert Verdict »

Acer Stream Scores 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 review
3.7in AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Android 2.1
1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
microSD card slot with 8GB card
5.0Mp camera
5.2Wh lithium-ion battery, removable
120x63x11 mm
126g
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

With 15 to choose from right now, Acer is taking a scattergun approach to its Android phone line-up. The Acer Stream is one of the better-equipped, although there’s little here to recommend this me-too handset over competitors from HTC or Motorola.

  • Acer Iconia A100 Android tablet review

    Acer Iconia A100 Android tablet

    Aside from its size the Acer Iconia A100 offers little difference to most other Android tablets under the hood. It's powered by the popular dual-core, 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor that’s found on many of its competitors and comes with the almost industry standard 1GB of RAM.

  • Acer Liquid Metal review

    Acer Liquid Metal

    This good-looking Android 2.2 handset features a curved design and a metal accent on the back but, oddly, has a plastic backplate. The Acer Liquid Metal is chunkier than some smartphones but fits comfortably in the palm of the hand.

  • Acer beTouch E400 review

    Acer beTouch E400

    The Acer beTouch E400 Google Android 2.1 smartphone comes with some great features for younger users.

  • Acer X960 review

    Acer X960

    The Acer Tempo X960 is a Windows-based quad-band smartphone with touchscreen display.

  • Nokia N900 review

    Nokia N900

    Running an advanced, Linux-based operating system called Maemo 5, the Nokia N900 is an interesting device. Foremost an internet tablet and capable of full multitasking, the Nokia N900 smartphone will impress early adopters and gadget gurus, but for others the experience will feel incomplete and uncomfortable.


IDG UK Sites

Nexus 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 comparison: Lollipop phablet takes on KitKat flagship smartphone

IDG UK Sites

Why people aren't upgrading to iOS 8: new features are for power users, not the average Joe

IDG UK Sites

Free rocket & space sounds: NASA launches archive of interstellar audio on SoundCloud

IDG UK Sites

iPad Air 2 review: Insanely fast and alarmingly thin. Speed tests, camera tests, beautiful...