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Acer had a variety of smartphones on display. Some were running Android, other models were Windows Mobile 6.5.3, and at least one model had a variant for each platform. Nearly all of them were advertised with support for European 3G networks "or" American 3G networks. At a trade show like this, that's just the manufacturer's way of saying to carriers "we'll make one for you if you want it." Consumers shouldn't assume there will definitely be a version of each model for each region coming all the way to store shelves. Still, American versions of the phones below are being pitched to American carriers, so we took a look at 'em.

Acer has already announced the "Liquid" Android phone. It's a rather large, plastic-y phone. Still, with a powerful Snapdragon processor, it's nothing to sneeze at. What's new this week is a version with Android 2.1, which Acer is referring to as a new model: the "Liquid e".

Acer Liquid E  

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At the opposite end of the lineup is an entry-level Android phone: the beTouch E110. The display is only QVGA, which is quite low-resolution. Similarly, the camera is only 3-megapixel, whereas most new Android phones are coming with 5-megapixel cameras. So the idea here is affordability.

Acer beTouch E110  

Still, Acer has added one interesting innovation: they've modified the Notifications panel to include a tab that lets you quickly check status and change certain settings. Some manufacturers do this with home screen widgets, but by putting this in the Notifications panel, it's available from any screen, not just the home screen.

Moving a tad further up the lineup, we find the beTouch E400. The display is higher resolution, it runs Android 2.1, and a document viewer (DocumentsToGo) is included.

Acer beTouch E400  

Below is a video tour of three Acer Android phones:

Windows Mobile

Updated Feb 17: What's really curious about the E400 is that Acer also makes a Windows Mobile version called the neoTouch P400. It looks perfectly identical, with the same distinctive circular "home" button. The neoTouch P400 runs Windows Mobile 6.5.3, which explains why the same hardware can run both OSes; WinMo 6.5.3 supports capacitive touch displays, which are standard for Android.

Acer neoTouch P400  

Also on display was the NeoTouch P300. In spite of the lower model number, it adds a sliding QWERTY keyboard.

Acer neoTouch P300  


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