Acer CloudMobile Review
Acer CloudMobile is average at best. The earpiece is surely loud enough, but the voice tones it emits are so muffled that we weren't always sure what the other party was saying. On the other side of the line, the majority of the background noise is filtered by the secondary microphone, but that results in voices sounding noticeably artificial. We cannot omit mentioning that the handset supports the HD voice standard, but one will notice an improvement in call quality only if their carrier also supports the feature.
What we know is that the Acer CloudMobile is equipped with a 1,460mAh removable battery. What we don't know is how long it should last on a single charge as the maker has not disclosed any figures yet.
Although Acer is a name that rarely gets mentioned when Android smartphones are concerned, the CloudMobile is a handset that deserves attention. Without a doubt, it is among the better-looking devices we've reviewed lately. Performance-wise, we have nothing to complain about at all as the dual-core chip handles any task without breaking a sweat. Not to be forgotten is the handset's very competitive pricing – down to about $460 in some markets, meaning that you get lots of bang for your buck.
AcerCloud, however, was a bit of a disappointment, so if you're looking for the best cloud-based service available on a smartphone today, better look elsewhere. Several other makers are willing to give you plenty of storage space for any kind of files with the purchase of their best Android smartphones, so an HTC, Samsung, or a Sony handset could be a worthy alternative to the Acer CloudMobile.
Speaking of alternatives, here are the smartphones you might also want to check out before getting the Acer CloudMobile: the Sony Xperia SL can be found at a similar price and also has a pretty, high-resolution touchscreen. The HTC One S targets a similar price point, and although its screen is inferior in some ways, its sports a fancy aluminum chassis and comes with free 25GB of cloud storage for 2 years. From Motorola one can get the RAZR M or the RAZR i, which are compact 4.3-inchers with good performance and outstanding design. Not to be forgotten is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which comes with an even bigger HD display, the latest version of Android – 4.1 Jelly Bean, and an equally competitive price tag.
Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android version: Android 4.0.4
Build number: Acer_AV043_S5001.044.00_EMEA_FR
Acer CloudMobile Review:
- Great design
- High resolution display
- Good performance
- The camera's autofocus is fiddly
- Music player needs lots of work
- Streaming music or video with AcerCloud can be tricky
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- Display 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
- Camera 8 MP
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
- Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
- Battery 1460 mAh(6.5h talk time)