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Acer Liquid E2 Review

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Camera:

The Acer Liquid E2 features a camera that surprised us with the quality of captured images. Located in the back, the 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with a single LED flash is quick and feature-rich. Most importantly, though, it captured images with accurate colors. Depth of field was impressive in macro shots and you can see we managed to capture some outstanding macro images with this phone.

It wasn’t all perfect of course. Images lacked sharpness as a lot of them turned out soft on detail. On some images colors tend to be a bit unnatural, skewed towards the warmer, slightly yellowish tones.

The interface is convenient as you have all most common shooting modes in a strip on the side, and for more detailed settings you have to dive into a dedicated menu. We love the fact that there are two dedicated keys - one for still image capture and another one for videos. As a bonus, the phone supports HDR and burst shot with up to 99 consecutive shots, features that we are used to seeing on more expensive devices. Among the possible shooting modes are best shot selection, smile mode, auto scene detection, multi angle view, panorama and beauty shot.

The camera app has all most common shooting modes - Acer Liquid E2 Review
The camera app has all most common shooting modes - Acer Liquid E2 Review
The camera app has all most common shooting modes - Acer Liquid E2 Review
The camera app has all most common shooting modes - Acer Liquid E2 Review

The camera app has all most common shooting modes




The Acer Liquid E2 records video in 1080p. There were no skipped frames in our sample video tests, but the footage lacked sharpness and detail in the captured footage. The phone comes with dual microphones for sound recording and we came away happy with the deep and rich sound captured by this device.

Acer Liquid E2 Outdoor Sample Video



Acer Liquid E2 Indoor Sample Video



The camera app is rich in options for video recording, just as it is for still images. For videos, it supports electronic image stabilization (EIS) that did a great job of smoothening shaky recordings.

You can also tap on the screen to change the focus in video which is something we love. Time lapse support is also built-in the camera app, as well as the videopic option (that only grabs a 1088 x 1920 still of the video, not a full resolution capture).

There is also a 2-megapixel front camera that comes to good use in video conferencing applications like Skype or Viber.


Multimedia:

The Liquid E2 has a nice and spacious 4.5-inch IPS display that will tempt you to watch a video every now and then. The handset is well equipped for the task - it supports all widely used formats including DivX, Xvid and MKV and chews videos at even 1080p quality with ease.
Gallery - Acer Liquid E2 Review
Google Play Music - Acer Liquid E2 Review

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Google Play Music


Acer relies on the default video player from the Gallery application, but you can go on Google Play and download any other player like say the MX Player if you want more options for video playback.

For music the Liquid E2 uses Google’s Play Music application that arranges all your music neatly in folders and by artists and songs.

Sound output happens via two loudspeakers on the back. They are located on the top and bottom of the rear side of the device, and while they do get loud sound comes out distorted and muffled, lacking depth.


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posted on 23 May 2013, 10:16

1. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 319; 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: 69; 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: 187; 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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