Acer Liquid A1 Review1
Introduction and Design:
Acer´s first Android-based handset, the Liquid A1, relies on to win over customers is proper hardware as well – it come with 768MHz Snapdragon processor (Qualcomm 8250), 3.5-inch WVGA display, 5-megapixel camera, support for HSDPA 7.2Mbit/s and A-GPS. The device runs OS version 1.6 and the manufacturer has made several, but minor alterations in its interface like, phone book with integration of social networks, but we will tell you about them later on, now let´s see what the Acer Liquid A1 looks like.
What´s in the box?
• Acer Liquid A1
• Wall charger with various socket inserts
• USB cable
• 2GB microSD card
• User guide
• Software CD
• Screen protectors
We would have liked to see the handset ship with a case designed to protect the white phone body, but sadly, the manufacturer doesn’t provide one. Acer has managed to create a unique, recognizable design for their handsets and they always feature symmetrical, rounded upper and lower parts of the body and in the case of the Acer Liquid A1, the 3.5-inch touch-sensitive (capacitive) screen with WVGA resolution takes up almost the space in between almost entirely. Unfortunately, the display will sometimes fail to register your touch, which might get particularly annoying when you type away.
Quite naturally, large screen equates to voluminous body, but in reality, the Acer Liquid A1 looks bulkier than it actually is - its body has almost the same overall size as the iPhone 3GS and is comfortable to use with one hand. The plastic it´s made of doesn’t feel cheap, but doesn’t look particularly scratch or impact resistant either. The Acer Liquid A1 is quite glossy and turns into an intricate lacework of blurry fingerprints quite easily, meaning you will have to clean it up often in order to have it retain its immaculate look.
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buttons on the front side are touch-sensitive and for getting back to the home screen, activating the search function, navigating a step back into menus and opening the options menu. The latter acts as a phone lock/unlock button as well, but in order to use it you need to press the power on that activates the display first – in other words, the whole thing is a bit clumsy. The hardware buttons are neatly tucked away into the body of the phone and we had certain troubles with them, because they are located on the bottom side that happens to be slanting, in other words they are relatively hard to press.
The Acer Liquid A1 is equipped with 3.5mm jack and oddly, miniUSB instead of microUSB slot for charging and getting connected to a computer. The light indicators for missed calls, unread messages and battery charging status look pretty cool, but are, rather impractically, located on the top side. We need to point out the battery is pretty hard to remove and we felt as if we were going to break it in the process.