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Acer DX650

<p>Two-faced wonder</p>
| Sep 17, 2009
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While we won’t go as far as calling the Acer DX650 a Franken-phone, its design is certainly something that will turn a lot of heads and encourage a lot of raised eyebrows. We advise you to put down your pitchforks and torches because though it may look unusual, it’s noble in that it tries its best to give you the benefits of a standard mobile phone and a smartphone in one.

On one side, the DX650 looks like a typical mobile phone, featuring a monochrome 1.27-inch 128 x 96 pixel screen, and a standard keypad. Smartphones are usually equipped with a QWERTY keypad, which isn’t exactly that friendly with one-hand, no-look texting. So thanks to this side of the DX650, you can compose text messages and call the way you’re used to, that is, with just one hand and without having to completely focus at the keypad.

Flip it over to its other side, and voila it’s a smartphone with a 2.8-inch QVGA (320 x 240) touch screen. The DX650 is powered by a Samsung CPU, which provides enough juice to keep things—its Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional OS and tons of apps you can load into the phone—running at a steady pace. The phone definitely doesn’t chug when you ask it to perform tasks. Its hardware is powerful enough for today’s standards, and its operating system is versatile even if it’s not as easy to navigate as the iPhone.

Extra features such as GPS functions and a 2-megapixel camera give the DX650 additional punch. But those don’t nearly do enough to save it from its worst feature, which is the lack of 3G. It tries to make up for it with WiFi support, but in the IPhone Age, the lack of 3G is a serious disadvantage.

All in all, the DX650 is something you’ll either love or hate. Love it for its bold, ambitious design. Or hate it for simply trying to become too many things at once.—Gelo Gonzales

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