First, a brief introduction and a picture.
The iPhone OS was released on June 29, 2007. At the moment we have its fifth major version.
The Android operating system was released on September 23, 2008. At the moment we have its fourth major version.
The Windows Mobile operating system was released on April 19, 2000. It died on February 15, 2010.
The Windows Phone 7 operating system was released on October 11, 2010.
I didn’t accidentally separate Windows Phone from Windows Mobile. It’s just that these two operating systems are like VAZ 2101 and Lada Kalina. They both come from the same manufacturer, but the parts from "kopecks" do not fit "Kalina". So here too, Microsoft’s thrown in a trick – all the old apps are a thing of the past. Everything from scratch. And, it must be noted – this has benefited the operating system. At the moment WP7 is a competitive operating system which can compete with the market leaders (Google Android and Apple iOS).
To aggravate (or maybe vice versa – to improve) the old-timers’ perception of the new OS, Microsoft has rigidly put a framework for the hardware side of the devices.
Microsoft announced the minimum requirements for Windows Phone 7 devices.
All devices must possess :
– Capacitive multi-touch display (at least 4 simultaneous touch recognition). With a resolution of 800×480 (WVGA).
– With a processor with a frequency of at least 1 GHz;
– 256MB of RAM and 8GB of flash memory;
– DirectX 10 support;
– GPS receiver;
– electronic compass;
– FM radio;
– A camera with flash and a resolution of at least 5 MP.
Also, all devices must have 6 hardware buttons, viz:
1. On/Off : This button can have several uses – directly turning the unit on and off, locking the unit, or turning the display on and off.
2. Sound volume control : adjusts the sound volume, both in general and during a call.
3. Camera : This button should support half and full press (as in normal digital cameras). Pressing the button halfway will adjust the focus, while pressing it all the way down will take the picture. In addition, pressing the camera button will activate the corresponding application.
4. Back : allows you to go one step or page backward in the same application or between applications. Its other functions may include closing menus, windows, and so on.
5. Start: all active applications are paused and the start page opens.
6. Search : the Bing search engine to search for content on your device. By determining the user’s current location, this function, among other things, will allow local search.
And there is no surprise that today’s reviewed smartphone has exactly the characteristics it has. It is both the law and the gold for the smartphone segment. At least in the realm of smartphone performance, not geeky "4 cores, 12 megapixels, FullHD".
Size 115.8 x 59 x 12.9 mm
Li-Po 1300 mAh battery
Mobile communication 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
HDSPA Modem Speed 14.4 / HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
Processor Qualcomm 7230, 1 GHz
ROM / RAM 8 GB / 512 MB
3.6" WVGA LCD, Multi-touch (4 touch)
5 MP EDOF 480p Camera @ 30fps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Class 2.1 + EDR
GPS With A-GPS Support
Micro-USB, 3.5mm audio jack
Sensors : Accelerometer, light sensor, proximity sensor
The smartphone lies in your hand as if it fits in – it is moderately compact, but the display has an optimal diagonal for its resolution. In other words – if the display was bigger (and with it the smartphone) – there would be a grain, there would be a "shovel".
The display matrix is made with TN technology – not bad colors and viewing angles. But it is far from AMOLED or IPS. However, it is pleasant to use, the eye pleases, viewing angles are good.
Reactions to touch – instant, accurate.
The touch buttons under the display are not always tangible, good thing they glow brightly in the dark.
The physical buttons – which are the power button, volume button and two-position camera button – are all chrome, shiny, thin, but comfortable. There were no accidental presses.
On the top face: power and wake-up button, 3.5 mm jack – for headsets and headphones.
Nothing on the left edge.
On the right edge is the volume rocker, two-position camera button (works even when the screen is locked).
On the bottom edge there is a microphone jack and a micro-USB connector.
The front side features a 3.7-inch glass-covered screen, three touch buttons, a light sensor, a proximity sensor, and a speaker (with an event light indicator).
On the back, there is a 5 MP camera and a loud speaker grill (which plays music, ringtones, and is used for hands-free communication).
The material of the smartphone body can be divided into 4 elements: the back cover soft-touch, sides soft-touch, top and bottom ends – from glossy plastic, and display – glass.
The design of the device is quite austere, very similar to the Android solutions of the company (Liquid). Assembly is good, the lid does not creak, nothing twisted anywhere, nothing comes off.
The only thing unusual about the smartphone is the sim card landing – it goes sideways.
My battery lasted about two working days – I’m constantly using the internet, maps, reading my friends’ feeds, making 30-45 minute calls, texting.
If you’re not particularly active use – just call for 30 minutes, sms – then live 3-4 days. But for a smartphone does not make sense such a mode.
The Acer Allegro makes it feel like a serious thing – that is, in general, there isn’t a single "Wow! Not like everyone else!" and that’s a good thing. This smartphone is a perfect workhorse for those who need a smartphone without showing off. And that would be OK, but the model is called Acer Allegro – in Italian it means "fun". In my opinion, it should have been called Acer Impresa – because the smartphone is a business smartphone.
By the way, this smartphone is the first device from Acer after the change of the logo (became more strict and uniform).
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Acer Allegro – My View
First, a brief introduction and a picture.