ACER X960 – First Impressions
Raj Pillai, Copyright
Normally I don’t do phone reviews however having had
a chance to lay my hands on ACER’s latest Windows Mobile phone the X960,
here are my first impressions about the X960.
The X960 device:
The key product specifications are as follows:
Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
Samsung S3C 6410 533 MHz Processor
256 MB Flash ROM, 128 MB SDRAM
2.8", 640 x 480 (VGA), 65,536 colors, TFT-LCD
Dimensions(L x W x H):
106.4(L) x 59 (W) x 13.7 (H) mm
HSDPA 7.2 / HSUPA 2.0 / UMTS (2100 / 1900 / 850 MHz)
Quad-Band GSM：850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
GPRS class 11 / EDGE class 11
Bluetooth® v2.0 class 2 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate),
Embedded SiRF Star III chipset, TMC function supported*,
(*Subjected to changes by region)
Built-in 3.2 mega pixels Auto-Focus CMOS camera, up to 2048 x 1536
0.3 mega pixels Fixed-Focus CMOS camera for Video Telephony usage
Light Sensor (L-sensor):
Sensing the brightness of environment to adjust panel luminance
MicroSD card slot
Built-in microphone and speaker, hands-free mode supported
Lithium Polymer rechargeable with 1,530 mAh capacity
Talk time: 3G: 4h depend on usage / 2G: 5h depend on usage
Standby: 150h depends on usage
Pocket PC usage: 10~15 hour
GPS usage: 2.5~5 hour
* The battery life will vary based on usage patterns.
The device has a rubberized back which gives a good
grip when held in hand and due to the slim design, it’s easy to hold.
The sides of the phone have a nice metallic finish. You have a set of
buttons – 4 in front (call, GPS shortcut, Home shortcut, end call) along
with the D-pad in the center and 4 on the left side (volume up/down
control, reset hole, voice recorder) and 2 on the right (power, camera).
The battery needs to be removed in order to insert your SIM card.
On the front, apart from the touch screen you have a
VGA camera for video calls on a 3G network, a light sensor which
controls automatic brightness adjustment. You also have the ear piece
which is nothing more then a small slit. On either side of this slit you
have the LED status indicators for Phone, Battery Power, Bluetooth, WiFi,
As seen in the images above, the first thing you
notice on the back of the phone is the 3.2 megapixel camera with LED
flash along with the tiny mirror that you often see on the mobile
devices for portrait shots. Besides this, are two small circular grills
of the speaker. Note that the device consists of only one speaker.
Power on the device and you have the option to either use the phone in
the classical Windows Mobile Today's screen interface or run it using
the ACER Shell which gives the phone a unique user interface. The ACER
Shell comes in two variants i.e. ACER 3D View and Icon Matrix.
ACER 3D View – (made up of 3 screens)
Tap and hold the stylus on a blank area and the shell
enables you to customize the items you want to see on your desk to
access the information. Tap the objects and the relevant program loads.
The scene in the Window changes as per the time.
The Icon Matrix mode provides a more of the
professional style navigation user interface.
Both these user interface brings in features that are
iPhone like in terms of flipping through your messages, emails, photos,
music. Additionally you have ACER applications that enable you to track
time and weather of up to 5 cities at a time.
The mini-USB connector at the base of the phone is used for data sync,
charging and listening to audio over the ear phones.
Beneath the good looking interface lies a pretty powerful phone with all
the capabilities of the Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating
Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
1. Microsoft® Office Outlook Mobile (Calendar, Contacts, Tasks and
2. Microsoft® Office Word Mobile / Microsoft® Office Excel Mobile /
Microsoft® Office PowerPoint Mobile.
3. MSN® Messenger / Microsoft® Transcriber / Windows Media® Player 10.
4. Picture / Notes / Internet Explorer Mobile / ActiveSync / Calculator
/ Game (Solitaire, Bubble Breaker).
5. Microsoft Reader* (* region/territories dependent)
Acer Exclusive Applications:
User interface: Acer Shell v2.0
Phone Tools: Phone settings, SIM toolkit, Speed dial, Communication
manager, CSD type, Connection wizard, SMS sender, SIM manager, MMS
Multimedia Tools: Pictures & Videos, Camera /Camcorder, Album, Streaming
player, Media player
Utilities: Backup utility, Default Settings, Application recovery,
Overall, the audio quality is amazingly clear in the
handset and speaker mode. To put it in a nutshell - the phone has been
very impressive overall with its design, power, capabilities and the
This review will be updated shortly with other
features that I will be exploring with passage of time.
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