Acer Liquid S1 Review

Call quality


The earpiece of the phablet is loud enough, but the voice quality in it is rather low, with hollow sounding and distorted voices. On the receiving end the situation is rather similar – our chat buddy could hear us with decent strength, but the microphone picked and relayed our voice unnaturally, and with hissing sounds.

Battery


A 2400 mAh battery is no match for the latest flagship phablets which start you off near the 3000 mAh mark, and is more akin to something with smaller display. The screen is not that resolute, though, and the chipset is frugal, if not powerful, so the Liquid S1 does fairly well in battery-draining. Maintaining a connection for two SIM cards at once diminishes the endurance of the Duo version further, though.

Conclusion


Acer's first phablet effort, the Liquid S1, is just that - an effort. The heavy and cumbersome design paired with weak chipset, subpar display and camera performance, form an underwhelming Android device.

For about Acer's 350 Euros ($460) asking price you can get the Galaxy Mega 5.8 which has two SIM card slots as well. Samsung's handset has almost identical dimensions and weight, with slightly larger battery and more RAM, but sports lower screen resolution.

If you are just looking for a good value-for-money phablet, we'd suggest the Huawei Ascend Mate, with its record large battery and stellar call quality, all for about the price of the Liquid S1. Alternatively, you can splurge a hundred more and get the Galaxy Note II, whose dimensions and performance are much more bearable, has a built-in stylus, frequent software updates, and, last but not least, a much better resale value.

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Pros

  • Dual SIM connectivity
  • Wide-angle front camera

Cons

  • Heavy, crude design
  • Weak processor
  • Bad screen viewing angles
  • Subpar call quality

PhoneArena Rating:

5.5

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2 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Thick bezels... :P Nice affordable option though.

2. taikucing unregistered

PA, how about the GPS? Mediatek GPS sucks. It's very hard & takes a long time to lock the satellites. Million people who uses mediatek SoC have the same GPS problem like I do. Softwares can't fix it. Currently many Chinese phone makers switch to Qualcomm (Snapdragon S4 series). I wonder whether it's caused by the dropping price of Snapdragon S4 or the GPS problem in Mediatek. I'm not bothered by low benchmark score of mediatek CPU, but the GPS problem is my main concern. My advice: don't buy any phones that are powered by mediatek if you need a functional GPS.
Liquid S1
  • Display 5.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 8GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2400 mAh(11h talk time)

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