It's not everyday that we come across an Android phone with an exposed keyboard, so naturally Acer's beTouch E130 caught our eye here at Computex. The BlackBerry-esque phone is equipped with a 2.6-inch QVGA touchscreen display, a scroll ball and a full QWERTY keyboard. In hand the device felt really solid, and though the screen is smaller than most Android phones, the rough-feeling scroll ball is great for navigating the menus. The keyboard is probably our favorite part of the phone -- like Nokia's E71, it has a rubber-like coating giving the keys a nice bounce. But all of that good stuff came to a bit of a halt when we realized that the E130 is part of Acer's lower end BeTouch line -- it packs only a 416MHz ST-Ericsson CPU, 256MB of RAM, and 512MB of ROM. Additionally, it runs a now-dated Android 1.6 OS. We guess we can't expect every smartphone to boast a 1GHz Snapdragon and a beta version of Froyo, though. Vid's after the break, if that's what you're into.
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Acer BeTouch E130 hands-on