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Acer Liquid S1 Review

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Camera


The 8 MP snapper on the back of the phablet sports an adjacent LED flash, while the phone also flaunts a wide 88 degree angle front camera that can fit more faces in your video chat frame. The camera app interface is with a few shooting modes like HDR or Panorama, and color effects you can apply to your photo or video. Shot-to-shot times are almost instant, which can't be said for the camera app loading duration, as it takes two or three seconds before you actually enter it from the lock screen, for example.

Outdoors the phone produces acceptable, albeit softish photos, with colors slightly overblown. There are no white balance hiccups, but we get slight underxposure of photos in normal mode, which come out darker than what's in front of the lens in reality. Using the HDR mode will remedy this, though saving the photos will be slower.


The camera focus is rather sluggish and jittery, so you have to hold the handset extremely steady and your objects shouldn't be moving at all for a non-blurred shot, especially indoors. When the light starts to dwindle, noise creeps into the pictures way more than it should, and we often get very blurry results.

Video is captured in 1080p resolution with fluid 30fps, but goes underexposed and darker than it should be in reality, just like the stills.

Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 2.7
No data
494
353
Acer Liquid S1 3.2
6.8
No data
No data
Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 4.4
No data
365
317
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Multimedia


The stock Android Gallery and Play Music app are taking care of the visual and audible delights on the phone. There are photo editing functions built into the gallery interface, and you get a bunch of equalizer presets with the music player, so the basics are taken care of, though the interfaces are not as pretty as on some 3rd party apps.

The loudspeaker is strong enough, housed in the handset's chunky body, but sounding harsh and relatively thin, with no distinct bass to speak of. Acer also offers a DTS surround sound mode in the settings, which in our opinion should be always on, as the sound without it comes out even flatter.

The default video player runs MKV and Xvid files up to 1080p resolution without a problem, but DivX licenses are a no-go, so you need to get a 3rd party app from the Play Store for that. The stock player is rather basic anyway, with only an added loop function for the vids, and no extra options present.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 0.43
Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 0.37
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 76
Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 74
Acer Liquid S1 75
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posted on 19 Sep 2013, 07:54

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2095; 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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