The Acer Liquid brings with it some impressive hardware specs as well as the Android operating system, freeing you from Windows Mobile, which Acer has been pushing thus far, in their quest for smart phone glory.
The phone looks pretty basic out of the box, with a white plastic shell encasing a 3.5-inch screen, but with the large amount of plastic border around the display, it doesn’t look anywhere near as big as the iPhone or Samsung H1.
- Android 2.1 Eclair operating system
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 768MHz processor
- 480 x 800 pixels, 3.5in capacitive touchscreen
- 512MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM
- 8GB MicroSD card
- 5-megapixel autofocus camera.
- WiFi with A-GPS
- Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP with mini USB
- a MicroSD slot
- Standard battery, Li-Ion 1350 mAh
The construction of the handset is plastic – top, bottom and back – so it doesn’t have the premium look or feel that some rivals do. The bottom of the device features a Mini-USB for charging and syncing, covered by a flap.
The handset has a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display, with an impressive 800 x 480 resolution. Below the screen are the customary four controls you expect with Android – home, search, back and menu- and here they are presented as backlit touch controls, part of the display…
The device gives you the power button, the camera button and volume rocker. The top features a 3.5mm headphone jack and a line of hidden status LEDs that illuminate with battery, message and a call indicator. Around the back is a 5-megapixel camera but no flash. The phone has a single speaker on the back, next to the camera, which is adequate but pumps out basic ‘chav on a train’ sound quality.
The screen really lends itself to video playback, however, thanks to that sharp resolution. It supports 3GP, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 files, although as always you need to watch the codecs. nemoPlayer is pre-loaded (along with some other apps) to handle media and works well enough.
The Liquid also has designs as a media server, allowing you to share content over your network. This included a typical use of data, emails, the occasional app, using the GPS to locate a venue and so on. We made calls sparingly, turning off Wi-Fi when away from a connection to conserve battery.