Acer beTouch E130 kicks it BlackBerry-style, but runs Android 1.6 (video)
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. %Gallery-94436%
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