UK: Acer Allegro with Windows Phone 7.5 now just £139.99
The Acer Allegro can now be bought in the UK, in SIM-free and unlocked form, for just £139.99. That’s amazingly cheap for a smartphone running Windows Phone 7.5 (codenamed Mango), especially since the Allegro initially went for about €300 (which is £240-ish).
If you’re interested in an affordable Windows Phone, you should know that we haven’t seen one cheaper than this yet. And while the Nokia Lumia 610 may be marketed as such, in fact it is more expensive. And it has just 256 MB of RAM, which means that some apps and games don’t work on it (most notable at the moment: Skype and Angry Birds). The Acer Allegro has 512 MB of RAM, which has been the minimum required amount for Windows Phones ever since WP7 shipped, so you’re safe in that regard.
The Allegro’s processor is clocked at 1 GHz, which is 200 MHz more than the 800 MHz unit in the Lumia 610. So on a pure specsheet basis, the Allegro should clearly win out. And since it’s also cheaper, this is probably a no-brainer.
Expansys is where you should go if you’re interested in picking up an Acer Allegro.