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
15,670 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 reviews verified by Reevoo

Acer StreamScores 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
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Acer Liquid Jade hands-on review: Acer's best smartphone yet

    Acer Liquid Jade hands-on: Acer's best smartphone yet

    The Acer Liquid Jade will cost just £229 but doesn't feel like a budget smartphone. Read our Acer Liquid Jade hands-on review.

  • HTC One mini 2 review: An attractively smaller and cheaper version of the flagship M8

    HTC One mini 2: An attractively smaller and cheaper version of the flagship M8

    Is the HTC One M8 too big and expensive? Read our review of the new HTC One mini 2.

  • Acer Aspire One D255 review

    Acer Aspire One D255

    The Acer Aspire One D255 is a 10-inch netbook from Acer's Aspire One range. It comes with Android 1.6 dual-booting with Windows 7 Starter Edition.

IDG UK Sites

Best Christmas 2014 UK tech deals, Boxing Day 2014 UK tech deals & January sales 2015 UK tech...

IDG UK Sites

LED vs Halogen: Why now could be the right time to invest in LED bulbs

IDG UK Sites

Christmas' best ads: See great festive spots studios have created to promote themselves and clients

IDG UK Sites

Why Apple shouldn't be blamed for exploitation in China and Indonesia