Acer CloudMobile Review
First the good news: the 8-megapixel camera on the Acer CloudMobile has a very wide field of view, allowing one to capture a bigger portion of the action (or the lack thereof) from up close. We are also happy to see that the shutter lag is virtually nonexistent, at least when shooting without the flash firing. Moreover, with burst mode enabled, one can capture 10 consecutive full-resolution photos in about a second, which is quite impressive.
However, the camera also has a few notable drawbacks. For starters, details in photos are okay, yet often not of the level we'd expect from a smartphone of this class. With the default settings, colors appear a tad more intense than they look in reality. Panorama mode and HDR have been added to the camera's feature set, but the results don't look pretty. But most importantly, pressing the shutter takes a photo instantly, regardless of whether the object is in focus or not. When shooting in low-light conditions, this may often result in blurry photos.
Videos can be taken at resolutions of up to 1080p at 30 frames per second. Overall, footage is of very decent quality and the continuous autofocus works quite well. We have to mention, however, that the audio in the sample videos we took sounded a bit digitized.
Acer CloudMobile Sample Video:
Acer CloudMobile Indoor Sample Video:
Using the Acer CloudMobile as a music player is a frustrating experience. Remember how we mentioned earlier that you could stream music from your Cloud PC? You can do that only using Acer's own music player, which lists the music that you've cached offline from the cloud and the audio available for streaming, together with locally stored albums,. The player itself isn't that bad, yet for some reason, Acer has forgotten to add controls on the lock screen and a home screen widget for convenience, which is very disappointing. Ironically, there are playback controls available in the drop-down notification bar, but they only work with the Play Music app – the default ICS audio player. However using Play Music instead of Acer's player doesn't cut the mustard as it is unable to access music downloaded from the cloud. A third-party player that we tried couldn't locate it either, so basically, you're stuck with Acer's half-baked music player.
Acer has implemented Dolby Mobile technology in its CloudMobile smartphone, thus supposedly enhancing the sound while the user is listening to music or watching video. But just as the case is with Beats Audio found on HTC handsets, the sound isn't necessarily improved. In a nutshell, modern genres like Pop or R&B sound more engaging as the bass, treble, and the track's overall loudness are being boosted, yet while listening to our favorite AC/DC albums, we preferred turning Dolby Mobile off.
The video player that Acer has provided allows streaming content from your Cloud PC, as we previously noted. Other than that, it doesn't offer any advanced features, and its interface is pretty ordinary. Videos of various formats, such as MPEG4 and XviD are supported at resolutions up to 1080p, but DivX files cannot be played.
1. kshell1 (Posts: 1112; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Could been a wonderful phone if it would have been released earlier and had more memory
2. brock8687 (Posts: 10; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)
a lot of drawbacks for my liking and no real USP .... only plus i find is the design.... yet nothing u can't get at that price.... with the more established sony's and the sammy's and the htc's knocking at the door.....
5. dil2abu (Posts: 106; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
I agree with you.. Even in Design wise Xperia T/TX looks awesome than this.. iPhonearena Ratings sucks..
Sony deserves more than they get from iPhonearena..
iPhone 5 got 9.5.. :O
18. robcar (Posts: 36; Member since: 18 Jan 2011)
This site is not in the center of its assessments. Therefore I always will discard this site.
GSMarena is much more central in their assessments and fair, and thy can
But this phone seems very good.
22. alvanyap (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
bear in mind that this phone is a lot cheaper compare with xperia T, so why wouldn't it get a better score when it have same performance & lower price tag?
8. toondewachter (Posts: 50; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
May I remind you of the fact that the Sony Xperia T actually got 8? Which is not that bad at all, is it?
And secondly: this phone will be for sale for €289.99 here in Belgium, while the Xperia T goes for €519... Now I like Sony, but this is an enormous price difference. So there might be a few drawbacks, but none of them are deal breakers to me.
The camera's quality seems to be ok, not wow, but ok.
The music player is replaceable: who is going to listen to music from the cloud anyway?
Sony's call quality was given very bad reviews by numerous reviewers on the web. I suppose that a loud earpiece and some artificial voices is at least evenly good.
Considering the price point, I think this phone is a winner!
12. rusticguy (Posts: 2699; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
If Xperia Arc /Arc S was produced by Apple i am sure Acer cloud would be in trouble for "Tarde Dress" theft.
For a fair review of a phone i always look at gsmarena as they are less biased in my opinion.
4. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
And months ago when phonearena came out with a preview news of this phone, a lot said its ugly.. well looky here! its sexy...
6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2952; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Oh man...i was expecting much better. As i went from page 1-4, my interest for the phone went 'Wow-good-ok-ouch'!
7. SleepingOz (Posts: 2009; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
Same for me, I was planning to get this as my secondary phone but not anymore. Still a sexy device though.
9. wolstenbeast (Posts: 25; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
For a new move into phones not bad at all!
7.5 seemed kind of harsh given Acer Cloud is an additional free function, not one you have to use, say like none expandable memory, lemming maps, purple pictures, dents and scratches or none removable battery. Points to the above mentioned 9.5.
11. flexile (Posts: 61; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)
Is this phone cheap? If so, a 7.5 is pretty harsh. I'll have to consider this phone for my next buy...it will be either Xperia V or Acer CM. I honestly love the design of this one. I'll never use cloud services and I can download a music player from the Play Store.
23. alvanyap (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
it is cheap compare to it's competitive like what acer phone used to be :)
13. pankajgupta (Posts: 56; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
looks like Xperia Neo??
an year behind Sony ? :)
17. jbn23 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
i also noticed that when it was first announced..neo is sexy and acer adapts that design..i guess:)
20. f.begbie (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
dont be stupid! Look at the acer A1 Liquid with this very same design a lot before even sony started to get interested in android business.
14. Plaisir009 (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Please tell me there is a YouTube review of this phone?
16. flexile (Posts: 61; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)
Yes, it should be on the review or look on their channel.
21. f.begbie (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
im not sure what is your problem with the phone, but best screen for 4,3 size, best available 2 core chipset on board, nice looking and ergonomic.
The camer could have been better but the new sony T with the 13Mpx camera cannot make a real difference.
An i really don't understand why should anyone care about the preinstalled apps. And why does it important in a review that the music app is not the best since almost noone use stock apps. Its like reviewin a car by it's color...