Acer beTouch E130 review

The Acer beTouch E130 marries a mini QWERTY keyboard and Android at a low price. For some it will be a match made in heaven, but others will want a quickie divorce. Read on to find out why.

The screen is another problem area. At just 2.6in with a low resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, everything feels cramped. Working with a screen which is wider than it is tall, we came across many instances when using Android was fiddly. Android is designed for screens that are taller than they are wide, and there is more scrolling through vertical menus on the Acer beTouch E130 than we are used to with other Android phones.

The screen size causes its biggest problems when web browsing. Since there's no accelerometer, there is no way to switch out of the wide screen mode into tall screen viewing. Reading pretty much any web pages at all was difficult and involved lots of scrolling.

The resistive nature of the touch screen is very annoying. Although it feels more responsive than other resistive screens we've used and it helps keep the cost down, it still doesn't feel as responsive as the capacitive screens on more expensive, higher-end handsets. This also means there's no support for multitouch gestures.

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