Acer Liquid Z2 Review

Call quality:

Disappointing, to say the least, is the quality of phone calls made with the Acer Liquid Z2. The earpiece is the worst bit as it sounds weak even at the highest volume setting. On the other side of the line, our voice is somewhat muffled, but at least it is loud enough to be understood without much effort.

Battery:

With its 1300mAh removable battery, the Acer Liquid Z2 can deliver 6 hours of talk time, which is average at best. Since the smartphone's hardware isn't too power hungry, it should last through at least a day of moderate usage, but getting through a second day on a single charge would be pretty hard to achieve. Note that squeezing a bit more battery life might be possible by using the Scheduled Power ON/OFF feature, which automatically shuts the phone down and then turns it back on at a predefined time.

Conclusion:

The Acer Liquid Z2 stands out only with being dirt-cheap and nothing more, but that's enough for it to draw the attention of budget-conscious consumers. Despite its weak hardware, it is still a usable, full-fledged Android smartphone with access to tons of applications from Google's library. The fact that it comes with Android 4.1 Jelly bean out of the box is definitely a plus, and so is the dual-SIM option, allowing one to use the services of two carriers simultaneously.

Sadly, the mediocre call quality of the Acer Liquid Z2 is a flaw we must highlight. Buyers who demand having a dual-SIM phone that sounds great during calls should try the Samsung Galaxy Young Duos or the Sony Xperia E dual, both of which have great call quality and offer an identical set of features without costing much more. For a little extra cash, one might also consider trying the Samsung Galaxy Young Duos or the Sony Xperia miro, which may be low-end smartphones too, but come with good cameras for their class. And if Android is not a must, the Nokia Lumia 520 running Windows Phone 8 would be a great alternative to the Acer Liquid Z2 as it is only slightly more expensive, yet it is powered by much better hardware.



Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android 4.1.1
Software version: Acer_AV051_Z120_1.001.00_WW_GEN1H


Pros

  • One of the cheapest Android phones from a known brand
  • Dual SIM phone
  • Compact

Cons

  • Mediocre call quality
  • Below average quality screen

PhoneArena Rating:

7.0

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