Review: Acer Tempo X960 PDAJuly 10, 2009
Available Date: Early May 2009
Launch Price: RM1,799
Fresh Gear rating: 6/10
- Samsung S3C 6400 mobile processor 533 MHz
- 128MB RAM, 256MB ROM
- GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900 / GSM 850
- 106.4 x 59.0 x 13.7 mm
- 131 g (with battery)
- 3.2MP Camera with Auto-focus & Flash
- Hi-Res screen (640 X 480)
Unboxing the Acer Tempo X960
Inside the box comes with the following accessories.
- Travel adapter
- USB Sync Cable
- Handsfree headset
- Manual + Installation CD
- Screen Protector
What’s missing from the content is a pouch/case.
The Acer X960 scores high on the specification department and the build is pretty solid. For RM1,799 this is basically the most value buy PDA currently in the market. The size is ideal and feels pretty comfortable in a normal slack pocket.
There is quite a lot of button on this PDA. Besides the usual Call, Hang-up, Power and Volume button, there are also a “Satellite”, “Home”, “Camera” and a “Voice Recording” button.
Is it necessary to have such huge “GPS” word on the top of the PDA?
Left side you will find a lanyard slot, “+” and “-” Volume button, Reset hole and a “Voice Recording” button.
Right side you will find the “Power”, hot-swappable MicroSD memory slot and “Camera” button.
The camera button on the PDA sits slightly bulged. I can only assume it makes it easier to press on the camera button while taking pictures. But personally, I find it pretty irritating because I keep accidentally pressing it while holding the PDA.
The back cover of the X960 is made/covered with a kind of rubbery material. This makes it not a finger print magnet, which is good!
Behind the PDA is a 3.2MP Auto-focus camera with flash, self-portrait reflector and two speakers.
Using the Acer Tempo X960
On the outside, the Acer Tempo X960 looks like any regular PDA but once you turn that thing on, there is where the “regular” ends. Acer comes installed with their very own User Interface much like how HTC’s Touch Flor 3D. Acer calls it the “Acer Shell“.
Each of the “Item” on the virtual desktop represent a function and it can be re-arranged. For a while, it kept me busy “poking” around the virtual desktop trying to find if there are any “hidden” function. There aren’t any anyway..
At the Virtual Desktop, flick up and you will get a list of programs/quick access like the one below.
Tapping on the “Window” on the Virtual Desktop gets you this.
Tapping on the CD cover/player gets you this gorgeous looking media interface.
Another new feature I found on the Acer is the “BLOG” function on the Picture & Videos Program.
Not too sure if it is by Acer or there is a new version of Windows Mobile. Anyone knows, perhaps you could share. To use the blog function, you need to have either a Google Account or WordPress Account.
Other than the obvious difference above, the interface looks and feel just like any regular Windows Mobile devices. You can view more screen shot of Acer X960 below.
More Screen Shots of Acer X960 (Click on Enlarge)
- Nice and useful Acer Shell (Virtual Desktop)
- Value buy, host of features for a reasonable price
- Nice bright screen
- Nice Blog feature in the “”Picture and Video” program.
- Not as fast/responsive as I hoped for
- Acer Shell not as polished as HTC Touch Flo.
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