Acer CloudMobile Review
Acer CloudMobile is average at best. The earpiece is surely loud enough, but the voice tones it emits are so muffled that we weren't always sure what the other party was saying. On the other side of the line, the majority of the background noise is filtered by the secondary microphone, but that results in voices sounding noticeably artificial. We cannot omit mentioning that the handset supports the HD voice standard, but one will notice an improvement in call quality only if their carrier also supports the feature.
What we know is that the Acer CloudMobile is equipped with a 1,460mAh removable battery. What we don't know is how long it should last on a single charge as the maker has not disclosed any figures yet.
Although Acer is a name that rarely gets mentioned when Android smartphones are concerned, the CloudMobile is a handset that deserves attention. Without a doubt, it is among the better-looking devices we've reviewed lately. Performance-wise, we have nothing to complain about at all as the dual-core chip handles any task without breaking a sweat. Not to be forgotten is the handset's very competitive pricing – down to about $460 in some markets, meaning that you get lots of bang for your buck.
AcerCloud, however, was a bit of a disappointment, so if you're looking for the best cloud-based service available on a smartphone today, better look elsewhere. Several other makers are willing to give you plenty of storage space for any kind of files with the purchase of their best Android smartphones, so an HTC, Samsung, or a Sony handset could be a worthy alternative to the Acer CloudMobile.
Speaking of alternatives, here are the smartphones you might also want to check out before getting the Acer CloudMobile: the Sony Xperia SL can be found at a similar price and also has a pretty, high-resolution touchscreen. The HTC One S targets a similar price point, and although its screen is inferior in some ways, its sports a fancy aluminum chassis and comes with free 25GB of cloud storage for 2 years. From Motorola one can get the RAZR M or the RAZR i, which are compact 4.3-inchers with good performance and outstanding design. Not to be forgotten is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which comes with an even bigger HD display, the latest version of Android – 4.1 Jelly Bean, and an equally competitive price tag.
Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android version: Android 4.0.4
Build number: Acer_AV043_S5001.044.00_EMEA_FR
Acer CloudMobile Review:
- Great design
- High resolution display
- Good performance
- The camera's autofocus is fiddly
- Music player needs lots of work
- Streaming music or video with AcerCloud can be tricky
1. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; 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: 152; 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: 69; 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: 52; 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: 2820; 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: 2993; 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 (unregistered)
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: 66; 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: 59; 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: 66; 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...
|Display||4.3 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (342 ppi) IPS LCD|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8260A, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
|Size||5.00 x 2.59 x 0.39 inches|
(127 x 65.8 x 9.9 mm)
4.41 oz (125 g)
|Battery||1460 mAh, 6.5 hours talk time|