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Acer Liquid E2 Review

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Interface:

Having said all about its negatives, it’s time to take a look at the bright side of the Acer Liquid E2. Good news is the device lacks a heavy custom skin and counts on almost pure Android. We have an up-to-date version of it - Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean.

Going with stock Android was a safe decision as everything is perfectly well optimized to run lag-free. All the signature features of the latest Jelly Bean like lockscreen widgets and actionable notifications are on board.

The Acer Liquid E2 run the stock Android 4.2.1 Jelly Beon OS - Acer Liquid E2 Review
The Acer Liquid E2 run the stock Android 4.2.1 Jelly Beon OS - Acer Liquid E2 Review
Videos can be set as live wallpapers - The Acer Liquid E2 run the stock Android 4.2.1 Jelly Beon OS - Acer Liquid E2 Review
The Acer Liquid E2 run the stock Android 4.2.1 Jelly Beon OS - Acer Liquid E2 Review
  

Videos can be set as live wallpapers

 

The Acer Liquid E2 run the stock Android 4.2.1 Jelly Beon OS


The phonebook is stock with an addition for the dual-SIM functionality - Acer Liquid E2 Review
The phonebook is stock with an addition for the dual-SIM functionality - Acer Liquid E2 Review

The phonebook is stock with an addition for the dual-SIM functionality

The phonebook is a nearly pure stock affair adorned with dual-SIM functionality. To control which SIM card is used you simply swipe down from the top to bring the notification shade. While you’d usually get a regular notification window with no SIM connectivity toggles, in the phonebook and messaging apps you get a contextual shade where you can either pick a default active card or select to have the phone ask you every time which card to use.

Acer has added slight modifications to the interface. In addition to static and live wallpapers, you can play a video as a live background. The feature is called video wallpaper and is accessed via a simple long hold on the home panel.

Also, some stock apps like the gallery (in tile view) have been adorned with features like live preview of videos.


Processory and Memory:

Overall the device feels very snappy. It is the first phone we get to review with MediaTek’s awesome 1.2GHz quad-core MT6589 and it comes with 1GB RAM and a PowerVR SGX544 graphical chip. The chip performs great in multi-thread oriented applications like the browser and that is evident in the AnTuTu test. When facing a heavy single-thread operation though the device does not perform well and you can clearly see this in its comparatively low Quadrant score.

Looking at the graphics alone, we see the PowerVR SGX544MP1 or single-core version of the graphical chip clocked at 300MHz. It’s not something that shines bright in the gaming department, but given the low resolution of the screen, it handles most games (even heavier ones) well.

Also important is the fact that MediaTek’s MT6589 chip is based on the Cortex A7 architecture. That makes is very power efficient, which is a definite plus. Here is how it did in standard Android benchmarks:




Quadrant Standard AnTuTu GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD) Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
Acer Liquid E2 3963 13580 1774 / 16 fps 1453 / 450
LG Optimus L7 II 2823 6674

HTC One SV 4456 11211

Sony Xperia L 4223 9225 3207 1804 / 449

The phone features 4GB of internal storage and of that only around 800MB available to the end user. Luckily, you can expand storage via microSD cards of up to 32 gigs.


Browsing the web on the Liquid E2 - Acer Liquid E2 Review
Browsing the web on the Liquid E2 - Acer Liquid E2 Review

Browsing the web on the Liquid E2

Internet and Connectivity:

The E2 is blazing fast supporting the highest HSPA+ cellular connectivity downlink speeds of 42Mbps. Of course it also support Wi-Fi b/g/n connectivity. The handset comes with the stock Android and Chrome browsers pre-loaded. Both are stable and proven browsers and scrolling around and zooming in and out in pages was perfectly smooth.

Other connectivity options include Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS.


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posted on 23 May 2013, 10:16

1. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 357; Member since: 07 May 2012)


fair review,the camera is surprisingly good for it's price point

posted on 24 May 2013, 11:57

2. znellu (Posts: 71; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Other than the speaker grills, design of the phone looks great :)

posted on 28 May 2013, 12:22

3. Sondae (Posts: 194; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)


Its not that horrific look for me at least its unique than using design over and over again like other brand...

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 10:14

4. joogles (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Jan 2014)


I have to say, I like the clean cut lines of the phone, and have to admit that my fears of moving into the smart phone market were unfounded. Personally, I have found it to be very user friendly even for the techno-illiterate like myself. Nice phone for those of us leaving the dark ages....

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Acer Liquid E2

Acer Liquid E2

OS: Android 4.2.1
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Display4.5 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (245 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
MediaTek MT6589, Quad core, 1200 MHz, Cortex-A7 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.16 x 2.68 x 0.39 inches
(131 x 68 x 9.9 mm)
4.94 oz  (140 g)
Battery2000 mAh, 9 hours talk time

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