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Acer Liquid Z2 Review

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Acer Liquid Z2 Review
Introduction:

Geeks, you might want to look away now because what we're reviewing is a low-end Android smartphone. The Acer Liquid Z2, as it is called, is a dual-SIM Android handset with unimpressive specs and plasticky appearance. However, it makes up for its lack of visual appeal and processing power with being extremely affordable, costing roughly $130 to $150 unsubsidized. That makes it a smartphone suitable for buyers on an extremely tight budget, or as a handset a parent would buy for their teenage kid. But if our past experience is to go by, cheap Android phones are often slow and clunky. The Acer Liquid Z2 can't be described as fast either, but it is still a decent pick considering what it costs. Read along to learn more about it!


Design:

Clearly a smartphone as cheap as the Acer Liquid Z2 can't be made of gold and diamonds. Instead, the material of choice is soft-touch plastic, which definitely does not look pretty to us, but it should be sturdy enough to handle even a bit more than the usual wear and tear. Besides, the matte finish provides plenty of grip and resists fingerprints well. Thanks to its shape and small size, the phone can be held and used very comfortably with a single hand.

The Acer Liquid Z2 can be held and used very comfortably with a single hand - Acer Liquid Z2 Review
The Acer Liquid Z2 can be held and used very comfortably with a single hand - Acer Liquid Z2 Review
The Acer Liquid Z2 can be held and used very comfortably with a single hand - Acer Liquid Z2 Review

The Acer Liquid Z2 can be held and used very comfortably with a single hand


Acer Liquid Z2
4.33 x 2.46 x 0.48 inches
110 x 62.5 x 12.25 mm
3.88 oz (110 g)

Acer Liquid Z2

Sony Xperia tipo
4.06 x 2.24 x 0.51 inches
103 x 57 x 13 mm
3.51 oz (99 g)

Sony Xperia tipo

Samsung Galaxy Y
4.09 x 2.28 x 0.45 inches
104 x 58 x 11.5 mm
3.44 oz (98 g)

Samsung Galaxy Y

LG Optimus L3
4.04 x 2.43 x 0.46 inches
102.6 x 61.6 x 11.8 mm
4.20 oz (119 g)

LG Optimus L3

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Front - Acer Liquid Z2 Review
Acer Liquid Z2 Review
Android capacitive keys - Acer Liquid Z2 Review

Front

 

Android capacitive keys



The physical buttons on the smartphone's side are well within reach, although we wish that the power key was a bit more pronounced. The three capacitive keys underneath the screen are responsive and easily reached by our thumb.

Back - Battery compartment - Acer Liquid Z2 Review
Rear camera - Battery compartment - Acer Liquid Z2 Review
Speaker grill - Battery compartment - Acer Liquid Z2 Review

Back

Rear camera

Speaker grill

Battery compartment - Acer Liquid Z2 Review
Battery compartment - Acer Liquid Z2 Review
Battery compartment - Acer Liquid Z2 Review

Battery compartment


Volume rocker (right) - The sides of the Acer Liquid Z2 - Acer Liquid Z2 Review
3.5mm jack and power key (top) - The sides of the Acer Liquid Z2 - Acer Liquid Z2 Review
microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Acer Liquid Z2 - Acer Liquid Z2 Review

Volume rocker (right)

3.5mm jack and power key (top)

microUSB port (bottom)

The sides of the Acer Liquid Z2



Display:

The 3.5-inch touchscreen on the Acer Liquid Z2 is of mediocre quality, yet ranks as passable. One can instantly notice with a naked eye that its resolution is very low – 320 by 480 pixels are spread across its area resulting in a pixel density of only 165ppi. That makes reading small text rather challenging, so be ready to zoom in quite often while surfing the web. At least we can say that the screen's color representation is okay and it can be used on a sunny day, as long the sun is not shining straight at it.


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Acer Liquid Z2

Acer Liquid Z2

OS: Android 4.1.1
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Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi)
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.33 x 2.46 x 0.48 inches
(110 x 62.5 x 12.25 mm)
3.88 oz  (110 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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