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Acer Liquid Metal Review

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The camera interface on the Acer Liquid Metal is touch-friendly, and offers some extra perks like sharpness and saturation settings, macro and face-tracking modes, as well as anti-shake algorithms. The 5MP autofocus cam is fairly snappy, with around three seconds shot-to-shot time. The pictures themselves turned out blurry, and the detail level is appalling, not to mention the unnatural color representation. The indoor shots were quite noisy, and with not enough detail as well, while the weak flash didn't help illuminating the scene enough.

Camera interface - Acer Liquid Metal Review
Camera interface - Acer Liquid Metal Review
Camera interface - Acer Liquid Metal Review
Camera interface - Acer Liquid Metal Review
Camera interface - Acer Liquid Metal Review
Camera interface - Acer Liquid Metal Review
Camera interface - Acer Liquid Metal Review
Camera interface - Acer Liquid Metal Review

Camera interface


Outdoor samples shot with the Acer Liquid Metal - Acer Liquid Metal Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Acer Liquid Metal - Acer Liquid Metal Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Acer Liquid Metal - Acer Liquid Metal Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Acer Liquid Metal - Acer Liquid Metal Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Acer Liquid Metal - Acer Liquid Metal Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Acer Liquid Metal - Acer Liquid Metal Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Acer Liquid Metal - Acer Liquid Metal Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Acer Liquid Metal - Acer Liquid Metal Review

Outdoor samples shot with the Acer Liquid Metal


Strong - Indoor samples - Acer Liquid Metal Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Acer Liquid Metal Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Acer Liquid Metal Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - Acer Liquid Metal Review

Strong

Medium

Low light

Darkness with flash

Indoor samples


The 5MP camera captures video in high definition at 30 frames per second, which is fairly smooth, but is plagued by the same blur and lack of details as the photos themselves.

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The media gallery is the stock Android one, with its 3D effects, but as all Acer Android handsets, this one also has Nemo Player preinstalled, which combines your pictures, music and videos under a blue interface with slick transitional animations. As with other Acer Android handsets, the free multimedia streaming service Spinlets if included, which offers a fairly decent variety of music, movies and TV shows.

Nemo Player - Acer Liquid Metal Review
Nemo Player - Acer Liquid Metal Review
Nemo Player - Acer Liquid Metal Review

Nemo Player


Listening to music with the supplied stereo headset with microphone is an above average experience, thanks to the Dolby Mobile faux surround sound the handset is equipped with, and pretty decent through the capable loudspeaker. The Dolby option allows for a few settings like treble and natural bass, which further enhance the listening experience, as well as music equalizers.

Listening to music on the Acer Liquid Metal - Acer Liquid Metal Review
Listening to music on the Acer Liquid Metal - Acer Liquid Metal Review

Listening to music on the Acer Liquid Metal


As for the video sound equalizers, we are sure it applies different settings when set to “Comedy”, but we couldn't hear much difference from, say, “News”, or much of the other setting there, maybe it's just our ears. Still, automatically switching to the album cover for a wallpaper, while the song is playing, is a nice touch. You can also turn on gesture control, which lets you switch to the next or previous song by shaking the handset, if you are so inclined.

The Acer Liquid Metal played almost every HD resolution video we tried, with the notable exception of DivX files, but you can download some of the free players from Android Market to remedy the lack of this codec.

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posted on 03 Jan 2011, 09:42

1. Silver (unregistered)


Have been waiting for this review since se hands-on came out, and have to say im very pleased with it. I was only wondering if any video review is going to be added latter on.

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 12:18

2. MarcMaiden (Posts: 25; Member since: 24 Nov 2009)


anyone know where I can get one or if its even released yet? I know it works with AT&T 3g but is this sold internationally? or will it be available for purchase here?

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 02:37

3. calamazoo (unregistered)


It is $399 at Expansys, but still with the EU frequencies, meaning that you can't use 3G speeds on AT&T...

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 23:01 1

4. Junior in Jamaica (unregistered)


Those two cons are really annoying.

It would've been nice to see an evolution in the camera...the screen I might've been able to see past but I require a more than decent camera in a phone these days.

If I wanted sub par I'd go Blackberry.

@MarMaiden...it is now $409.99 at Expansys-USA.

posted on 28 Feb 2011, 11:15 1

9. JaimeCarlos (Posts: 25; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)


N8 for the win!

posted on 07 Jan 2011, 05:40

5. bard (unregistered)


How does this phone compare to the Motorola Defy? Anyone willing to share?

posted on 13 Feb 2011, 13:09

7. pipo (unregistered)


The camera on the reviewed phone is broken. I had the same on a SE K550i once. Blurry photos and the cam-module didn't seem to autofocus at all. I noticed the same kind of blur on these pictures.

So please ask a replacement with a working camera and please redo the photos.

posted on 16 Feb 2011, 01:12

8. rr (unregistered)


bard by the way here is feature by feature comparison of defy and acer liquid metalhttp://www.mobilescat.com/compares/acer_liquid_metal_vs_motorola_defy

acer is better in 3 aspects video and camera quality and flash support and xvid and hd video player.also acer has android 2.2 and defy 2.1 .also the acer one supports Face Detection and Smile Detection which the defy doesn't

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 20:12

10. jone (unregistered)


im getting this phone and hopfley its good

posted on 24 Sep 2011, 08:47

11. Brittanyleigh095 (unregistered)


Can you access Tumblr?

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 01:43

12. Branners (unregistered)


Holy ker-app, it's A$128 at JB Hi Fi! That's US$135!

posted on 09 Oct 2011, 00:37

13. ryan (unregistered)


got mine for 19.99. love it but now its not letting access net or download pics sent threw text...........

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Display3.6 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (259 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM7230, Single core, 800 MHz, Scorpion processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.53 x 2.48 x 0.53 inches
(115 x 63 x 13.5mm)
4.76 oz  (135 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 11 hours talk time

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