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Acer Liquid A1 Review

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Acer Liquid A1 Review
It doesn’t come as a surprise that the Acer Liquid A1 runs very smoothly and there is no lagging or hang-ups with even several active applications - the 768MHz Snapdragon processor is powerful indeed, plus, the device is equipped with ample memory – 256MB RAM. On the overall, the Acer Liquid A1 is slightly faster than the Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 that also comes with non-personalized interface and 800MHz processor. However, there are two things we need to point out – first, the additional applications freeze at times, meaning you need to close them via Force Close and second, the accelerometer tends to fail after working for about a day, so you would have to restart the device when this happens.

The in-call quality is pretty good – voices of people sound perspicuous and loud, even if slightly muffled. People on the other end didn’t complain either and rated the quality 8.5/10, meaning really good but not exactly perfect.

According to the manufacturer, the battery of the Acer Liquid A1 should be able to provide up to 5hrs of continuous talks and keep the device operational for about 400hrs. Unfortunately, if the Wi-Fi remains switched on all the time, you surf the Web often and talk for about 20 minutes a day, the battery will hardly even make it through the whole day, so you will probably need to charge the phone on daily basis. However, keep in mind that we didn’t give the battery several full discharge cycles, meaning it might actually perform better if you do.


Conclusion:

Similarly to Acer´s latest Windows phones, the Liquid A1 comes with capable hardware that, sadly, is not exactly backed up by elaborate interface personalization, but the difference to Windows Mobile is that Android tends to be more user-friendly barefooted.

All told and keeping the rapid development of the Android market in mind, we rate the Acer Liquid A1 at par with the Samsung Galaxy i7500 and Galaxy Spica i5700. Handsets like the HTC Hero and Motorola MILESTONE/DROID are clearly superior in terms of software. Still, if you happen to be on the lookout for a powerful smartphone and interface personalization is not your cup of tea, consider the Acer Liquid A1. It is a good option and you don´t need to break the bank to get one, because its retail price is lower than the amount you have to fork out for one of the afore-mentioned devices.


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Pros

  • Really snappy
  • Proper pre-installed software
  • High in-call quality

Cons

  • Mediocre personalization
  • Almost unusable integration of social networks
  • Low quality headset (boxed)
  • Software gets unstable at times
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posted on 10 May 2011, 09:34

1. Neal Unitt (unregistered)


I own the acer liquid A1 & personally dont really aggre on the bad points stated. I hardley ever get a force close & the accelerometer has never failed on me 12 months in. For the price as stated above I thik its a cracking phone, & with updated operating system is a really good device.

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Acer Liquid

Acer Liquid

OS: Android 1.6
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Display3.5 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (267 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8250, Single core, 768 MHz, Scorpion processor
256 MB RAM
Size4.53 x 2.46 x 0.49 inches
(115 x 62.5 x 12.5 mm)
4.76 oz  (135 g)
Battery1350 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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