Acer Liquid Mini Review

Camera and Multimedia:

The camera is one of the biggest disappointments as Acer used a 5.0-megapixel fixed-focus unit. Fixed-focus means that you'll have pretty much every object further than 20 inches in focus, but while this might seem like a plus, it also means that everything within that 20-inch range falls out of focus, so you can forget about macro shots. But even when you have the right settings, colors tend to get an unnatural yellowish hue. Some oversaturation takes place as well and when you add some blurriness in in shots, you end up with a disappointing camera performance. Acer has included a limited number of manual settings like ISO and white balance which improve the color issue slightly, but overall don't change the below average quality of the shots.

When it comes to video recording, things look slightly better as the handset records video with a resolution of up to 720 x 480 at 30fps. The almost complete lack of manual settings along with color representation problems plague video capture just as they do in the camera stills department.

Acer Liquid Mini Sample Video:

Media is handled by two applications – the stock Froyo one which runs great, but for some reason there is another one made by Acer. You access the latter by swiping the homescreen from the right. It does support both pictures and video, but we found it to be pretty slow, with lag noticeable even with images, let alone song and album art, and videos. The 3.2-inch screen is on the small side for viewing videos, but we couldn't help but try. Luckily, while the built-in media player can only cope with MPEG-4 and MOV files encoded with a resolution around the native one on the phone, a quick download of RockPlayer from the Android Market allows you to watch DivX/Xvid movies.

Internet and connectivity:

The Acer Liquid Mini runs Android 2.2 Froyo, so it should support Flash, right? Wrong! The 600MHz processor seems to be uncapable of handling the load, so your browsing experience will be limited. In exchange, you should get to your favorite websites relatively quickly as the support for 3G capable of 7.2Mbps on the downlink will be your main ally in this task. The browser also supports multitouch and double-tap for zooming in and out – a pretty smooth experience, but you can still feel a slight slowdown in graphically cluttered pages. The phone's connectivity options also include Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 and microSD with support for up to 32GB cards. Navigation is aided by a gpsOne chip made by Qualcomm.

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