Acer Liquid Z3 Review
Acer Liquid Z3 falls right into the very field of expertise of the Taiwanese company – at €99 (about $132) it's truly a budget-friendly offering.
But, smartphones on the cheap have ceased to be a novelty, though the traditional concerns are still present: does an affordable price tag spell low quality? Not necessarily it would appear, and the pocket-friendly 3.5-inch Liquid Z3 is a prime example. Of course, that's not to say that no trade-offs are involved, so the real question is whether the Z3, as a whole, is worth it? Let's find out.
In the box:
- User manual
- USB cable
- Wall charger
- Acer headphones
There's no mistaking the Acer Liquid Z3 for a premium device. But it doesn't feel cheap, either. The rounded back of the device features a brushed matte plastic, making the device a pleasure to hold. Moreover, while at 0.41 inches (10.4mm) thickness, the Liquid Z3 is leaning slightly more towards the bulky category, we found that to be a good thing in terms of ergonomics. At 4.23 oz (120g), the Z3 weighs enough to make its presence known, but no more.
The Z3 features capacitive platform buttons, instead of software ones. Up on the right, there's the volume rocker, while top middle is where you'll find the power button. Both physical buttons suffer from a shared flaw – there's barely any travel to the keys, and they provide very little feedback. What's even worse, both keys require you to use some force to get them to register your press.
109 x 60 x 10.4 mm
4.23 oz (120 g)
102.6 x 61.1 x 11.9 mm
3.88 oz (110 g)
113.5 x 61.8 x 11 mm
4.08 oz (116 g)
113.2 x 61.6 x 11.6 mm
4.25 oz (121 g)
1. realtrevor (Posts: 14; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)
8.5 rating for this junk and 7.5 For the BlackBerry Z30. Are you kidding me?
2. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
The review was published with rating 8.1 (not 8.5) but it was a mistake, as the real rating is 7.9/10.
You cannot compare the rating with the Z30, as these phones are from different class. If you read the review, you will see that the Acer Z3 is positioned in the budget smartphone class, costing about $130, while the BlackBerry Z30 is a flagship phone with a price of $600.
You should read the "How we rate" page (linked below the rating) http://www.phonearena.com/howd
3. darkskoliro (Posts: 970; Member since: 07 May 2012)
I think that the rating you give can be quite misleading if people dont understand the category they are in. Perhaps you should incorporate an icon next to the review showing that it is a "Budget Phone" or a "Premium Phone". Just something a little more obvious.
6. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)
Oh yeah thats what I thought after taking a look at the ratings of z30 and galaxy grand
12. kyropee (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)
For me, PhoneArema Team has been right in reviewing and "How we do rate". It is even easy to compare among phone without PhoneArena says the class. A price itself says its class and quality that should be. It's just a logic thing for readers to know.
However you should tell the mistake happen to rating. 7.9 to 8.1, how come?
5. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)
Just look at its user interface
As boring as help
Its worth to buy galaxy ace 3
4. mas39 (Posts: 61; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
Personally I agree with the Phonearena Team, it's very obvious to me that these are made for totally different markets, it's obvious the Z30 is a flagship phone and the Liquid Z3 is for the budget end, so the marks given are quite correct on that basis.
9. ranidf (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Apr 2009)
I think it should be mentioned:
1) That Z130 is one of the very few phones that got DTS logo. DTS is a world-known company. However, the implementation is very bad, the sound's loudness is very low and the sound quality with both DTS on and off is below average.
2) The lightness of two side of the phone while viewed in landscape mode is not the same. One part is darker than the other.
3) The screen is prone to flickering.
4) USB tethering while working on Windows 7 seems to be not working on Windows XP, even though there is a driver for such on their site.
5) The over-all feeling is that the phone hasn't been beta-tested enough prior to it's release.
10. Chris.P (Posts: 273; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
I fondled with the Z30 for about a week before this review got published, and problem 2, 3 and 5 simply did not apply to my testing (and tested it was).
I can't comment on the USB tethering part, since I didn't actually try to. On your first point, however, I've got to say that from our experience, slapping a DTS logo on the back of a phone rarely means anything more than some marketing fluff. The loudness was actually adequate and so was the sound quality, considering the ultra-budget class of the phone. Seriously, you've got to hear the speaker on some of the other phones we get to review :-/...
Cheers for the feedback anyhow, despite the fact that our experiences with the Z30 appear to have failed to converge. :)
11. nightflame (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Oct 2013)
I have had this phone for a month now. Its a great little phone. No other budget phone comes close in terms of processing power for the size. The let down is the screen. At 480x320 text is a bit soft. Also the viewing angles are poor. The fact that it is almost stock Android with very little manufacturer customization and bloat is good. For more info stargw.eu/1360438d7b1f18d9c