As basic as it may be, the 5-megapixel, camera on the Acer Liquid Z2 is usable in optimal conditions. The interface is surprisingly rich in features and offers multiple shooting modes, scenes, image fine tuning, even panorama and HDR modes. Tinkering with these settings will not necessarily boost image quality by a great extent, if doing so makes any difference at all, but one might get slightly better results with a little experimenting.

Given enough light, the little snapper can take passable photos that actually look good as long as you don't zoom in. There's a lot of digital noise in them, but overall, the images are worthy of being posted on a Facebook wall. Low-light photos and videos, on the other hand, look abysmal, as if they have been taken with a web-cam. Also, don't even bother trying to take a macro shot as the camera has fixed-focus optics. Videos are captured at a maximum resolution of 640 by 480 pixels, which is very low by today's standards, but acceptable for a smartphone of this class.

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The Acer Liquid Z2 may be cheap, but given enough storage space it can serve as a substitute for an MP3 player. Google's Play Music is the default music app installed on the device, capable of playing back both whatever audio is loaded onto the phone and music that the user has uploaded to the cloud (the latter feature isn't available in all countries). Along with the traditional equalizer, Acer has loaded the so-called “SRS Sound” feature, which allows the bass and treble to be tweaked further to the user's liking.

The stock video player app is very basic in terms of features, and even though it supports many video file formats, it is unable to play them back at resolutions higher than 800 by 480 pixels. The latter isn't too big of a drawback, however, since the screen's resolution is low anyway, so 720p support isn't needed at all. There is a single loudspeaker on the back of the phone, which is decent in terms of loudness, but crackles when set at the maximum level.

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