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Acer Liquid E1 Review

Acer Liquid E1

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Acer Liquid E1 Review
Introduction

We got a brief hands-on time with the Acer Liquid E1 at the MWC expo not long ago, but now the retail deal made its way into the office, and it marks a foray into the affordable lower mid-range market for Acer.

The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean phone has a few tricks up its sleeve that make it stand out, like stereo speakers with DTS output, as well as a dual SIM version for emerging markets, which is the one we have for review, so read on for all the details...

Box and contents - Acer Liquid E1 Review
Box and contents - Acer Liquid E1 Review


Design

The Acer Liquid E1 is a fairly light and compact phone, that feels pretty well in the hand, thanks to the soapy shape with tapered back and the rounded corners. It still leaves a tad chunky impression, and the back cover is made of patterned plastic, but is a bit slippery nonetheless.

The Acer Liquid E1 is a fairly light and compact phone - Acer Liquid E1 Review
The Acer Liquid E1 is a fairly light and compact phone - Acer Liquid E1 Review
The Acer Liquid E1 is a fairly light and compact phone - Acer Liquid E1 Review


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


The rounded frontal shape and red speaker grills remind of HTC's unibody designs, but the Acer Liquid E1 actually sports a removable back cover that reveals a swappable 1760 mAh battery, microSD card slot, and in our unit – two SIM card slots.

The Acer Liquid E1 has a rounded frontal shape and red speaker grills - Acer Liquid E1 Review
The Acer Liquid E1 has a rounded frontal shape and red speaker grills - Acer Liquid E1 Review
The Acer Liquid E1 has a rounded frontal shape and red speaker grills - Acer Liquid E1 Review

The power/lock key up top is painted in red as well, but not the metallic volume rocker on the right, whose tactile feedback leaves something to be desired.

Left side - The sides of the Acer Liquid E1 - Acer Liquid E1 Review
Right - The sides of the Acer Liquid E1 - Acer Liquid E1 Review
Top - The sides of the Acer Liquid E1 - Acer Liquid E1 Review

Left side

Right

Top

Back - The sides of the Acer Liquid E1 - Acer Liquid E1 Review
Battery compartment - The sides of the Acer Liquid E1 - Acer Liquid E1 Review
Rear camera - The sides of the Acer Liquid E1 - Acer Liquid E1 Review

Back

Battery compartment

Rear camera



Display

A 540 x 960 pixels 4.5” display of the LCD variety ensures a decent 245ppi pixel density. Colors are well represented, but the TFT panel doesn't have the best viewing angles, and brightness plus contrast diminish quite a bit after the 45 degree mark.

The screen could use a bit more brightness outside under direct sunlight, too, yet it's still on the average side, so you don't have to shade the screen with your palm to see what's going on in broad daylight.


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Acer Liquid E1

Acer Liquid E1

OS: Android 4.1.1
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PhoneArena rating:
6.5Good
Display4.5 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (245 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Dual-core, 1000 MHz
1 GB RAM
Size5.20 x 2.70 x 0.39 inches
(132 x 68.5 x 9.9 mm)
4.59 oz  (130 g)
Battery1760 mAh, 8 hours talk time

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