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Acer CloudMobile Review

Acer CloudMobile

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Acer CloudMobile Review
Introduction:

At long last, the Acer CloudMobile has arrived at our office, waiting to be subjected to our thorough review treatment. For those who have forgotten, this smartphone was announced right before MWC 2012 kicked off, or about 7 months ago. Back then, we got the chance to play with it for a while, and we were quite satisfied with what Acer had crafted – a pretty 4.3-incher with a potent processor, stunning display, and a built-in cloud service called AcerCloud. But after all that time, would the smartphone be competitive on the market now that other companies have identical offerings at a similar price point? Let's find out!

Acer CloudMobile Review
Acer CloudMobile Review
The box contains:

  • Wired stereo headset
  • Wall charger
  • Power outlet plug converter (market dependent)
  • microUSB cable
  • Product warranty information and quick start guide

Design:

Good job, Acer! You've managed to deliver a stylish smartphone that does not need to be the lightest, the thinnest, or the blingiest in the world in order to grab one's attention. Glass, metal, and plastic (not the dreadfully cheap kind, thank heavens) have been fused together creating a solid, high-quality device that is a pleasure to both hold and look at. But the good stuff does not end here.

The Acer CloudMobile is a pleasure to both hold and look at - Acer CloudMobile Review
The Acer CloudMobile is a pleasure to both hold and look at - Acer CloudMobile Review
The Acer CloudMobile is a pleasure to both hold and look at - Acer CloudMobile Review

Acer CloudMobile Review

You can compare the Acer CloudMobile with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The Acer CloudMobile has a textured, soft plastic back cover that is very resistant to fingerprints and feels nice to the touch, not to mention that it provides plenty of grip. The metal-made physical keys – the lock key on top and the volume rocker on the right side are well exposed and respond with an excellent click when pressed.

Volume rocker (right) - The sides of the Acer CloudMobile - Acer CloudMobile Review
microUSB port (left) - The sides of the Acer CloudMobile - Acer CloudMobile Review
3.5mm jack and power key (top) - The sides of the Acer CloudMobile - Acer CloudMobile Review
Bottom edge - The sides of the Acer CloudMobile - Acer CloudMobile Review

Volume rocker (right)

microUSB port (left)

3.5mm jack and power key (top)

Bottom edge


With a screen of this caliber, the Acer CloudMobile definitely isn't a handset that would fit in palms of lesser size, but we find its dimensions quite easy to get used to. Overall, it is about as big as a Samsung Galaxy S II or an LG Optimus L7 – chances are that once you get accustomed to its proportions, you won't have much troubles using it with a single thumb most of the time.

Back - Acer CloudMobile Review
Rear camera - Acer CloudMobile Review
Loudspeaker - Acer CloudMobile Review
Battery compartment - Acer CloudMobile Review

Back

Rear camera

Loudspeaker

Battery compartment



Display:

Acer CloudMobile Review
As you would expect from an IPS-LCD panel with HD resolution (720 by 1280 pixels), the screen on the Acer CloudMobile looks simply awesome. So many pixels have been packed across 4.3 inches of display real estate that graphics look incredibly smooth and detailed, while even the smallest of fonts can be read easily. Moreover, we are delighted to see that the screen delivers accurate colors that don't get distorted much when viewed at an angle. What we are a bit underwhelmed by, however, is that the brightness output of the display isn't sufficient to ensure comfortable use under direct sunlight.

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Acer CloudMobile

Acer CloudMobile

OS: Android 4.1.2 4.0.4
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PhoneArena rating:
7.5Good
Display4.3 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (342 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1 GB RAM
Size5.00 x 2.59 x 0.39 inches
(127 x 65.8 x 9.9 mm)
4.41 oz  (125 g)
Battery1460 mAh, 6.5 hours talk time

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