Acer Allegro Windows Phone incoming on December 1?

Acer Allegro Windows Phone incoming on December 1?Heard of the Acer Allegro? Nope, us neither. Turns out that it's the Windows Phone Mango-flavoured Acer W4 that was spotted on display at Computex back in June.

And if retailer Expansys is to be believed, the Allegro will be touching down in the UK next month for the SIM-free price of £259.99.

The Allegro may be a newcomer to the scene but of course thanks to Microsoft's fairly tight restriction on WinPho hardware, there's a predictably familiar feel to the specs on board.

The screen is a 3.6in VGA affair running at 480 x 800, while processing duties are taken care of by the 1GHz single-core processor. Not much chance of beating any speed records here, then.

You're given a middle-of-the-road 8GB of on-board storage to play with, but you can add to it via microSD card now that Windows Phone knows how to play with them.

Camera-wise it's a 5-megapixel unit and all the usual wireless connectivity options like Wi-Fi, aGPS and Bluetooth are present and correct.

That's about that, and let's face it, there's pretty much nothing here that sets the pulse racing. And that's the problem with Microsoft's approach to its Windows Phone OEMs: there's almost zero scope for a mid-range handset like this to stand out from the crowd.

Still, if that doesn't put you off Expansys will quite happily take £259.99 off your hands, and is promising a December 1 shipping date.

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 13, 2011 at 11:48

True, not much scope for OEMs. On the flipside, it means you can get a decent midranger, and still experience the "full" WP joy... Whatever that means.

Acer, imho, deserve a lot more attention and "respect" for their approach to mobile techi-ness. Their Android phones are pretty okay considering pricing. Their support and update policy could teach some of the bigger names quite a bit.
The Iconia A500 tab quietly sold better than any (non-knockoff-from-china) official Android tab. And what's more - when you care to check out user-reviews, there is almost a full consensus that it's a good tab...

But I suppose the absence of any carrier-support means few people even know Acer make phones. And tech-snobby bloggers always enjoyed dismissing Acer's PCs and laptops as Tesco-ware - when in fact, they offer fairly decent products in the low- to mid-range departments.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 13, 2011 at 21:25

I have to say, I love my Acer laptop, I'm a self-confessed geek and it's good enough for me. The KB is fantastic to type on for long periods of time and the screen is bright and clear. I think the best thing about it is the fact it cost sub-£500 brand new when the i5 1st gen was relatively new. Admittedly, it's not a high end monster and isn't going to be competing with a MacBook Pro, but I could have four (more nowadays), of my Acers for the price of a decent MacBook Pro and it sure as hell isn't four times worse.

I rate Acer, bit like I do Kia and Hyundai, idiots still tarnish them with the same brush that they did when they were just making stuff purely to undercut other manufacturers (the same goes for cars and laptops).

I feel I should mention phones, being Mobot and all....Acers are damn good for the price, from what I've experienced using a friend's.

Treab  Nov. 13, 2011 at 23:11

sorry but i couldn't go back to acer for laptops after the issues with my old one...

year 1 - charger broke battery would last 15 mins...
year 2 - screen developed issues...

but it was a cheapo tesco one... whereas my dell has done me proud so far...

but i do think they are like kia in that they were pants to begin with to start to make money before they started to produce some decent low end stuff...

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 14, 2011 at 14:59

My Acer 5741/2 (I can't remember which one it is as I took the sticker off it...), is fantastic for general computing related tasks. If I ever need huge amounts of power I'll use the servers at work, for gaming I'll use my Xbox, which cost a tenth of a decent gaming PC and never needs upgrading to play the latest games.

Saying that, Treab's right, old Acers were terribly built from chocolate box quality plastic and didn't last very long at all, physically or battery life wise.

Nowadays Acer make some damn good low-mid range stuff, the screens are bright and clear and the keyboards are easy to touch type on, which is what you need for work really. Also, they use the i3/i5 processors so they've got plenty of grunt when you're feeling like a spot of "The Sims", at lunch time :p.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 14, 2011 at 15:10

I have a 5745 PG - running Ubuntu and BackTrack...and win 7 Ultimate. Year and a half absolutely NO problems. And yes: for the Keyboard alone I'd buy it again!
Battery is okay for a couple of hours of video.

And none of that relates to WP7 hahaha
But, though the Acer Liquid MT is a bit 2008-ish with its plastic screen etc, it's very stable, has goodish battery life and Acer's mobile support website is really good.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 14, 2011 at 15:19

The 5745PG is the touch screen version isn't it? I love the KB, it's one of the laptop's best points IMO. Also, a 720p screen and an HDMI out port can't be sniffed at for sub-£500 well over a year ago. I'm more than happy with my Acer laptop, especially running Windows 8, it was about a 25% performance increase without spending a penny :).

I know you love Ubuntu, but I'm a windows guy all the way (bar Vista...we'll skip quickly over that dog's dinner ;)).

As for phones, I'd give Acer a thumbs up, they're not perfect, but they're not charging £500ish a go, they're a fair balance of price and performance, I think...though I still hate WP7 haha :D.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 14, 2011 at 16:02

Yep, it's the touchscreener. Though with win 7 only gimmicky.
Nothing will persuade me to use WP7... Unless Tango brings file access and skinning. And a proper 3rd party browser (not just a revamped IE)

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