Acer Liquid E2 review, rating and latest UK deals and offers
Given Acer's success in the laptop market it is no surprise to see the Taiwanese manufacturer introduce an android smartphone. So how does it stack up? Are Acer putting their reputation on the line? Find out in our Acer Liquid E2 review
First impressions are impressive indeed with it's bold curved design. You will especially like the angular recessed metallic red earpiece and two rear circular chrome speakers which help the Acer Liquid E2 stand out from the "me too" crowd.
The large 4.5 inch screen, 8 megapixel camera and 1.2GHz Cortex A7 quad-core processor with 1gb RAM ensure that this smartphone is amazing value for money, especially when coupled with the 3 network's famously cheap rates - the Liquid E2 is in fact exclusive to the 3 network in the UK.
The 138 gram phone feels solid in the hand and the volume while the power and volume buttons also feel reassuringly firm, all giving an impression of good build quality.
You will also find a 3.5mm headphone jack and micro USB slot so you can use any proprietary set of headphones and charge straight from your computer or laptop. Under the 10mm slim casing there is a welcome MicroSD card slot which supports memory cards right up 32gb to compliment the 4gb inbuilt storage.
Bright 4.5 inch Screen
The 4.5 inch IPS LCD qHD screen has a resolution of 960x540 pixels at an impressive density of 245 pixels per inch. Naturally this is not up there with the likes of the HTC One or Sony Xperia Z but at less than half the price of those gargantuans it is perfect for displaying text and watching HD video and is further proof of the excellent value for money the Acer Liquid E2 represents.
The screen displays photographs and 1080p HD video from the 8 megapixel camera perfectly, though pictures appear bright rather than bold. It's not up with the sharpness of the HTC One or Nokia Lumia 925 but much better than we expected at this price point and you will not be disappointed with the photos produced in any way. The built in LED flash is helpful in low light situations while the front-facing 2 megapixel camera is perfect for videocalling through a 3G network or an application such as Skype.
Android operating system
The Acer runs Android 4.2.1. JellyBean and the manufacturers have included a weather widget and calendar app but have refreshingly left the excellent stock Android interface largely untouched with none of the bloatware than some manufacturers and networks lump on us.
We were pleased to see the inclusion of Swype on the keyboard though which enables you to type by sliding between letters without having to lift your finger from the screen. If you have never used Swype before it's one of those apps you will wonder how you ever lived without!
Sound is good rather than mind-blowing as is usually the case with any mobile phone but it is boosted with the inclusion of DTS audio which boosts the sound from the twin speakers.
DTS include a widget to tweak the sound too but you (and those around you) will be happier using the excellent headset supplied with the phone, or you can even treat yourself to a set of cordless headphones as stereo Bluetooth 3.0 is included too.
In summary this is a perfect android smartphone for those of you not wanting to spend a month's salary on a monolith or for those just introducing themselves to the smartphone genre who wan t something more than just a budget entry level model.
It is affordable, quick, well designed and good solid proof of why Acer have built up an excellent reputation for quality hardware that you can afford
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