Performance and Conclusion:

As a phone the Acer Liquid Metal performed very well. The voices in the earpiece were loud and clear sounding, without hissing. Thanks to the dual noise-cancelling microphones the other party said they could hear our voices clearly, and the traffic noise seems to have been filtered out of the equation. The loudspeaker is punchy as well. The 1500mAh is rated for 8 hours of talk time with 3G connectivity turned on, and 23 days of standby. In reality, you'll be able to eke a day out of the handset, unless you do some heavy lifting.

To wrap it all up, we have to say that with the Acer Liquid Metal is the best handset the Taiwanese have made so far. We really wanted to give it a higher score because of its curved ergonomic design, which makes it comfortable to operate, the slick metallic battery cover, the cool LED notification system, and the great specs for the price.

A few issues, however, chipped away at the initial impressions. The screen we hear is not scratch-resistant (not that we tried that one, but from the looks of it, it appears true), and doesn't have the smudge-repelling coating of many high-end handsets, so you end up with smears all over the screen pretty soon, and have to wipe it often. We can live with that, though, considering the specs and the price point.

What irked us most, though, was the sub-par quality of the camera. A 5MP shooter, capable of HD video at 30 fps is nothing to sniff at in terms of specs, but the lens quality is below average, and that is visible both in the pictures, and the video samples. We had the same experience with the Acer Stream, so we guess the company hasn't splurged on a more expensive camera module, but preferred to add an LED flash instead, which is weak anyway.

Still, if none of the issues above would bother you on a daily basis, and you don't do much snapping with your smartphone camera, the Acer Liquid Metal will be a very good value for the money. If finger smudges and lousy camera sound like nuisances for you, then we'd say that the price is spot on.

Other alternatives to the Acer Liquid Metal could be the Samsung Wave, or you can pay some more for the Nokia N8. In Android land, you might want to go for the HTC Desire Z or T-Mobile G2, which have the same chipset, plus a physical keyboard, but are more expensive.

Acer Liquid Metal Review:




Pros

  • Speedy second generation Snapdragon chipset
  • Very good call quality
  • Ergonomic curved design with metallic accents
  • Innovative Breeze UI

Cons

  • Subpar camera
  • Easy to smudge screen

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0

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12 Comments

1. Silver unregistered

Have been waiting for this review since se hands-on came out, and have to say im very pleased with it. I was only wondering if any video review is going to be added latter on.

2. MarcMaiden

Posts: 25; Member since: Nov 24, 2009

anyone know where I can get one or if its even released yet? I know it works with AT&T 3g but is this sold internationally? or will it be available for purchase here?

3. calamazoo unregistered

It is $399 at Expansys, but still with the EU frequencies, meaning that you can't use 3G speeds on AT&T...

4. Junior in Jamaica unregistered

Those two cons are really annoying. It would've been nice to see an evolution in the camera...the screen I might've been able to see past but I require a more than decent camera in a phone these days. If I wanted sub par I'd go Blackberry. @MarMaiden...it is now $409.99 at Expansys-USA.

9. JaimeCarlos

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 17, 2011

N8 for the win!

5. bard unregistered

How does this phone compare to the Motorola Defy? Anyone willing to share?

7. pipo unregistered

The camera on the reviewed phone is broken. I had the same on a SE K550i once. Blurry photos and the cam-module didn't seem to autofocus at all. I noticed the same kind of blur on these pictures. So please ask a replacement with a working camera and please redo the photos.

8. rr unregistered

bard by the way here is feature by feature comparison of defy and acer liquid metalhttp://www.mobilescat.com/compares/acer_liquid_metal_vs_motorola_defy acer is better in 3 aspects video and camera quality and flash support and xvid and hd video player.also acer has android 2.2 and defy 2.1 .also the acer one supports Face Detection and Smile Detection which the defy doesn't

10. jone unregistered

im getting this phone and hopfley its good

11. Brittanyleigh095 unregistered

Can you access Tumblr?

12. Branners unregistered

Holy ker-app, it's A$128 at JB Hi Fi! That's US$135!

13. ryan unregistered

got mine for 19.99. love it but now its not letting access net or download pics sent threw text...........
Liquid Metal
  • Display 3.6" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 800 MHz
  • Battery 1500 mAh(8.00h 3G talk time)

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