If there’s one thing we tech lovers all hate, it would definitely be waiting for unveiled devices to start selling. If there's another, it's waiting and not being informed about how much longer should we wait for.
With that in mind — and given that sometimes a week or two can make the difference between perfect release timing and a big fail — could a device that needed eight months (!) to get from unveiling to launch still be attractive? Probably not, but we know at least one company that hopes some of you will answer “yes” to that question. That’s Acer, who first introduced the CloudMobile phone back in February at MWC 2012 only to make it available today, almost 240 days later.
To make matters worse, the CloudMobile is only up for grabs from one retailer in one country, so if there are people interested in the device they have to live in the UK and make do with Expansys’ pricing policy.
The British online store has the CloudMobile available at £289.99 (around $470) in its unlocked, SIM-free flavor with free shipping in 3-5 business days, or express delivery for an additional £6.98.
I’m not sure how many of you still remember the phone from when we first saw it listed at Expansys or when we spotted its user guide revealing the spec sheet, so here’s the skinny on the CloudMobile. This is a pretty good looking mid-ranger with a decent amount of power under its hood, but that has a couple of major flaws.
The battery looks like the biggest downside here, seeing as it’s pretty hard to believe a 1,460 mAh unit can hold for more than five or six hours of talk time between charges. The low-power dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8260A processor might help out a bit in that department, although you win some and you lose some with the CPU, which is not as snappy as some might have hoped.
The rest of the specs are not half bad, including the 4.3-inch IPS display with 1280 x 720 pix res, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, microSD support, Android 4.0 ICS, 8 MP rear-facing camera, and NFC, but one should think long and hard if he’s willing to sacrifice battery life and raw speed and pay quite a bit on top of it all.
Is anyone willing to do that? How about if the CloudMobile were to get a launch on other retailers and in other countries for less than what Expansys is charging? How far would Acer have to go to lure you in?