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Acer Liquid S1 Review

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Interface and functionality


Acer's phablet runs almost stock Android 4.2.2, with a few preinstalled apps thrown in for a good measure, like Acer Cloud, Acer Print or Auto Profile. The devil is in the details, though, as the company offers what it calls Float UI on the Liquid S1. Long-press the capacitive task key underneath the display, and you will get shortcuts to eight apps of your choosing, as well as a dock with four apps at the bottom you can “float” on top of every other screen you are working with at the moment.

These floating windows include the notes, calculator, maps and camera apps, and you can have all four of them open at once in transparent, resizable windows that stack on top of each other, for some added multitasking ability.

Acer has Swype keyboard preinstalled on the Liquid S1, so you can write with just tracing your finger across the keys, and it works like charm in numerous languages. Unfortunately, there didn't seem to be one-handed option for the keyboard, so that it scooches left or right on the huge display, giving you the opportunity to use one hand and its thumb for typing, instead of having to use both. Same goes for the dialer, and is an omission on phablets, along with the lack of landscape mode for the interface – another thing Acer doesn't offer on the Liquid S1.


Processor and memory


A quad-core 1.5 GHz MediaTek MTK 6589 chipset with PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU is what makes the phablet tick, and this silicon has shown its weakness in many handsets already. Sporting four frugal, but not powerful Cortex-A7 cores, MediaTek's creation is responsible for laggy interface, blurred scrolling, and choppy 3D games performance, while the 1 GB of RAM adds some slow app loading times and unimpressive multitasking abilities.

The Liquid S1 offers 8 GB of internal memory, of which only 4.5 GB are user-available, but you get an accessible memory card slot for expansion, so no complaints.

Performance benchmarks

Quadrant
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 22270
Acer Liquid S1 5903
Huawei Ascend Mate 5195
Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 3856
AnTuTu
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 31543
Acer Liquid S1 16748
Huawei Ascend Mate 15615
Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 7999
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 54
Acer Liquid S1 17
Vellamo Metal
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 1214
Acer Liquid S1 508
Huawei Ascend Mate 469
Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 386
Vellamo HTML 5
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 2766
Acer Liquid S1 1658
Huawei Ascend Mate 1626
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Internet and connectivity


The default mobile Chrome browser behaves surprisingly well in rendering, panning and scrolling, considering the lousy chipset. This, however, is achieved by not rendering the page in real time, rather blurring it during the motion, then rendering it only after you stop moving your fingers. Text reflow works well, though, and since we have a 5.7” HD display... well, how bad can mobile browsing be on such a large screen real estate to begin with.

The default mobile Chrome browser on the Acer Liquid S1 - Acer Liquid S1 Review
The default mobile Chrome browser on the Acer Liquid S1 - Acer Liquid S1 Review
The default mobile Chrome browser on the Acer Liquid S1 - Acer Liquid S1 Review
The default mobile Chrome browser on the Acer Liquid S1 - Acer Liquid S1 Review

The default mobile Chrome browser on the Acer Liquid S1


Acer Liquid S1 flaunts support for European/Asian networks and HSPA+ data download speeds. It also offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, FM Radio and that's that - a pretty basic set of wireless connectivity options.

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posted on 19 Sep 2013, 07:54

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2697; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Thick bezels... :P

Nice affordable option though.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 08:25 2

2. taikucing (unregistered)


PA, how about the GPS? Mediatek GPS sucks. It's very hard & takes a long time to lock the satellites. Million people who uses mediatek SoC have the same GPS problem like I do. Softwares can't fix it. Currently many Chinese phone makers switch to Qualcomm (Snapdragon S4 series). I wonder whether it's caused by the dropping price of Snapdragon S4 or the GPS problem in Mediatek. I'm not bothered by low benchmark score of mediatek CPU, but the GPS problem is my main concern.
My advice: don't buy any phones that are powered by mediatek if you need a functional GPS.

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Display5.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (258 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
MediaTek, Quad core, 1500 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size6.42 x 3.27 x 0.38 inches
(163 x 83 x 9.6 mm)
6.88 oz  (195 g)
Battery2400 mAh, 11 hours talk time

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