Acer Liquid S2 Review


Introduction


There are smartphones out there that need no introduction. The Acer Liquid S2, however, is not one of them, and so far it appears that the Taiwanese company's premier phablet device has mostly failed to gain some serious traction. But should that dissuade you from considering the Liquid S2 when you go phablet hunting some time in the foreseeable future? Absolutely not, for Acer's top-shelfer packs quite a punch under its massive hood. At a price.

Does the Liquid S2 have what it takes to make it through the testing grounds? Let's find out.

In the box:

  • Wall charger
  • microUSB to USB cable
  • earphones

Design

The giant Liquid S2 brings fashionable design to the table, but loses points on grounds of poor overall ergonomics

As with any self-respecting phablet out there, the first thing your attention is drawn to in terms of design is the sheer size of the device. The Acer Liquid S2 is giant, even by phablet standards, and it's one of the very biggest 6-inchers out there. What's even more, at 8.15 oz. (231 g), we failed to find a heavier smartphone in this class. The volume rocker (right side) and power button (top left) are both kind of conservative with the amount of feedback they provide. Perhaps more importantly, we're seriously dumbfound at the placement of the rather essential power button, and the capacitive navigation keys don't help matters either – they're pushed at the very bottom of the device. All of this translates into poor ergonomics.

Size and comfort aside, the Liquid S2 is actually an attractive device, especially the red variant that we have at hand. The fashionable design, however, is slightly diminished by the numerous flaps, ports and styling ornaments. The front – your typical Android look – is set apart by the signature, concave Acer earpiece with a matching, red-colored grill. At the back, we instinctively focus on the rather unique camera module with quad flash – a distinctive feature of the S2. Below sits the Acer logo, masterfully etched into the plastic shell itself, followed by a pronounced Dolby Digital Plus badge. Acer has also placed a duo of speakers on the left side of the device, which should hopefully provide an adequate stereo audio experience, but more on that later.


Acer Liquid S2

Acer Liquid S2

Dimensions

6.54 x 3.39 x 0.35 inches

166 x 86 x 8.99 mm

Weight

8.15 oz (231 g)

HTC One max

HTC One max

Dimensions

6.48 x 3.25 x 0.41 inches

164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29 mm

Weight

7.65 oz (217 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Dimensions

5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches

151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)

LG G Flex

LG G Flex

Dimensions

6.32 x 3.21 x 0.31 inches

160.5 x 81.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.24 oz (177 g)

Acer Liquid S2

Acer Liquid S2

Dimensions

6.54 x 3.39 x 0.35 inches

166 x 86 x 8.99 mm

Weight

8.15 oz (231 g)

HTC One max

HTC One max

Dimensions

6.48 x 3.25 x 0.41 inches

164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29 mm

Weight

7.65 oz (217 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Dimensions

5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches

151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)

LG G Flex

LG G Flex

Dimensions

6.32 x 3.21 x 0.31 inches

160.5 x 81.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.24 oz (177 g)

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7 Comments

4. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

I know Acer phone's aren't really that popular, but I think Acer has really hit the sweet spot between vanilla Android and custom UI's. It looks and feels like vanilla Android, but with some nice, added features. If this phone came with a 5" display, I think it would be pretty damn awesome.

5. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

If im not mistaken PA rated this phone before 5 star.. And now 7.9 :)

7. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

That's correct. The unit we received for review initially was defective, and performance was subpar. We requested a replacement device, and the folks at Acer were kind enough to oblige. There were no issues with the second unit -- it's the powerhouse you'd expect with this kind of hardware -- hence the revised score. ;)

8. vikingsfootball09

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 02, 2013

i have a problem with your excuse...if you knew that the phone had a defect, then why initially give it a 5?

10. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

That was a clarification, not an excuse.

6. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

pretty good phone,but 6 inches??... --'

9. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Sort of looks like the G2 a little.
Liquid S2
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 3300 mAh

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