Style & Handling Summary for Acer Liquid
The Acer Liquid is a good looking handset by Acer standards, but it’s a bit big and there are visible seams between the back of the phone and the rest of the body, ruining the glossy look.
User Friendliness Summary for Acer Liquid
The user interface is easy enough to use but the touch-screen keyboard takes a lot of work, especially if you’re a fan of punctuation.
Feature Set Summary for Acer Liquid
The Android OS makes for smooth internet and the potential for loads of downloadable extras, but Acer doesn’t add much to the mix.
Performance Summary for Acer Liquid
The internet is quick to load and you can multitask to your heart’s content, but the keyboard is sluggish and frustrating.
Battery Power Summary for Acer Liquid
Battery life is above average, with 300 minutes’ talktime.
Acer Liquid Review Scoring Summary
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Pros For Acer Liquid
We like the speed and power, the display makes web browsing a pleasure and the Facebook integration works well.
Cons for Acer Liquid
The slow and unresponsive keyboard is just annoying, and there is a distinct lack of preloaded apps and widgets.
Verdict for Acer Liquid
It’s not the best Android phone around by a long shot, but it’s still an Android phone, with all the speed and fluidity that suggests.
Full Review and Specification for the Acer Liquid
Acer has produced several phones, but with the Acer Liquid it’s finally starting to find its feet. Its first Android smartphone is a good looking device with high-spec credentials. This is largely thanks to the Android operating system, which includes all the features you would expect such as an easy-to-use interface, bucketloads of free applications and full syncing to Google service.
Appearance for the Acer Liquid
The Acer Liquid is a slick-looking handset, with straight edges, sharp corners and a curve to the top and bottom. The glossy black frontage is dominated by a tempered glass, 3.5-inch capacitive touch-screen (think iPhone), with four touch-sensitive controls below. But while it’s stylish compared with other Acer phones, the Liquid just doesn’t have that wow-factor that makes it sexy. It could be the protruding camera lens, or the three large vents of the (rather tinny) speaker; there are also visible seams between the back cover and the rest of the handset. And the back cover, which should slide off smoothly, needs prising off with your thumb – watch your fingernails.
Performance for the Acer Liquid
When it comes to smartphones, the Acer Liquid is certainly one of the fastest, boasting a 768MHz Snapdragon processor. This means apps load quickly, and you can run several at once without compromising speed and performance.
As expected from Android phones, high-res touch-screen is smooth, taking just light swipes and taps to activate. But the on-screen keyboard is not as good: it’s unresponsive and slow, often missing out typed letters entirely. This wouldn’t be so bad if there was an auto-correct function, but there’s just auto-suggestion, which means you need to click on a suggestion to select it. The comma and full stop are on the main screen, but inputting any other symbols involves going onto a new screen. If you send lots of texts and emails, this keyboard will just end up frustrating you.
The user interface is instantly recognisable to Android users, with three customisable home screens and a handful of preloaded widgets. Acer hasn’t thrown much into the mix, but we like the ‘media’ home screens, one of which displays your last played song, video and photo in a nice fan shape, the other displaying bookmarked web pages.
Syncing on the Acer Liquid
If you use Microsoft Exchange or Gmail, it’s a breeze to sync the phone with your email, contacts and calendars – simply input your email address (and start the preloaded RoadSync App for Exchange) to activate over-the-air syncing.
Syncing Outlook is more complicated if you’re not on Exchange. You need a third-party application to manually sync your phone and PC via USB. This wouldn’t be a problem if Acer made one available which it doesn’t – and odd omission at the best of times and even stranger when you consider the company’s long association with Microsoft.
Internet and camera on the Acer Liquid
Internet is wired into Android phones and the Liquid is no different. Over a Wi-Fi connection, you can load full internet pages in under 10 seconds, with well-rendered pictures. Screen space is maximised thanks to an auto-fit button with zoom keys, and you can switch between multiple windows that are displayed in a grid.
The official Android Facebook app is nothing special, but Acer has integrated both Facebook and Picasa, and you can sync contact info from both into your phonebook.
The verdict on the Acer Liquid
Android phones have already made a mark on the phone market, and set pretty high standards to boot. The Acer Liquid just about meets those standards, but only just. Applications and web pages load quickly and multitasking works well thanks to that high-speed processor, but the keyboard will put many users off.
Acer Liquid Specification
|Type of phone:||Smartphone|
|Music formats played:||MP3, eAAC+, WMA, WAV|
|3.5mm jack port:||Yes|
|Call records:||Practically unlimited|
|Phonebook:||Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall|
|Display description:||TFT capacitive touch-screen|
|Standard color:||Black, White, Red|
|Connectivity:||miniUSB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi|
|Announced date:||October 2009|
|What's in the Box:||N/A|
|International launch date:||December 2009|
|Battery life when playing multimedia:||N/A|
|CPU:||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8250 768 MHz processor|
|FM Radio Description:||No|
|Memory Card Slot:||microSD|
|Messaging:||IM, SMS, Email, MMS|
|E-mail client:||Push email|
|Display size:||3.5 inches|
By Simon Thomas on 25th January, 2010
Tags: Acer Liquid