Acer Liquid Jade S Review
The Liquid Jade S will make you strain to hear anything.
With an earpiece as quiet as thus one, you won't be enjoying great calls, and you will miss ringtones in noisier environments for sure. Voices are clear enough, but the output is simply too low! You will really have to stick the handset close to your ear to be able to make up anything. If you own a headset, you'll be good to go, but normal everyday talks will be a problem, unless Acer does something for that muted pair of speakers!
The smartphone lasts a work day, but it could last longer. It could also be a bit faster to charge.
The Acer Liquid Jade S lasted 8 hours, 32 minutes and 46 seconds in our battery test. This is a decent result, although one would expect it to last even longer due to the frugal 720p display and the sufficient 2300mAh battery. But it seems that fast MediaTek octa-core chipset likes to sip on battery juice. Either way, the smartphone is rated at 6 hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby time. The battery is not user replaceable, and charging it to 100% takes a long 2 hours and 42 minutes with the included charger.
Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Acer Liquid Jade S 8h 32 min (Good)
LG G2 6h 48 min (Average)
HTC One 5h 45 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy S4 4h 59 min (Poor)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Acer Liquid Jade S 162
The Acer Liquid Jade S is a smartphone with evident strengths and weaknesses. For starters, its design qualities are above average. Its graceful body feels thin, light, sturdy, and very comfortable, although the back panel is on the slippery side. Meanwhile, the curved glass layer is straight-up premium tier!
Moreover, the Liquid Jade S is reasonably fast and feature-packed. It runs on recent hardware and software. It also has good battery life. Unfortunately, its photo and video capabilities are underwhelming, despite its 13MP camera sensor and well-rounded camera app. Finally, due to its low earpiece and loudspeaker output, the Jade S fails at the basic task of being a reliable phone!
The Acer Liquid Jade S will be sold in the Europe, Middle East, and African region at $330 (299 EUR) unlocked. We don't know whether Acer plans on launching it in America. In this price range, Europeans have a wide choice of competing devices that outclass the Liquid Jade S in most categories. One could simply pick an older flagship like the LG G2, Sony Xperia Z1, HTC One (M7), Z1 Compact, or the Samsung Galaxy S4 at about the same price, and set themselves with a noticeably superior experience.. In these circumstances, the Acer Liquid Jade S seems poorly situated on the market, and practically begs for a price cut to stand a chance.
- Decent performance and battery life
- Bonus software features to tinker with
- Volume button gets stuck
- Awfully quiet speakers
- Poor quality videos
- Price is a bit high for what you get
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13 MP (Single camera)
5 MP front
- Hardware MediaTek, 2GB RAM
- Storage 16GB, microSDHC
- Battery 2300 mAh