Acer Liquid First Impressions

I was also able to play with a demo unit of the Acer Liquid last night at the PC Show and they were selling the unit for and equivalent of Php21,200 (SG$640.93) after taxes.

Yugatech 728x90 Reno7 Series

Acer Liquid
3.5″ capacitive touchscreen @ 480×800 pixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8250 768MHz
256MB RAM / 512MB ROM
up to 32GB on microSD (2GB included)
HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 2Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g
5MP AF camera
GPS w/ aGPS support
Bluetooth 2.0 w/ A2DP
Lithium Polymer battery 1350mAh
Android OS v1.6 with Acer UI 3.0

The phone looks a bit wide but does not use up all the real estate for the screen (so you only get 3.5″) — it gives an impression of a huge screen because of the black bezel.

There are no physical buttons here and the front controls are provided by a touch panel (similar to the implementation of the Nexus One). There 4 controls include — Home, Search, Back and Menu — but there’s also no haptic feedback to help you get a good feel of those touch controls.

The device responds well and feels snappy and though the Android OS is old (v1.6 Donut), Acer added a little UI improvements with a carousel-like display of media files/web pages on both ends of the 3-panel UI. It’s a nice-looking device at first from afar but once you hold it, the plastic construction gives a cheap feel to it.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

9 Responses

  1. Avatar for marlyn marlyn says:

    i got this fon since last april 2010 til ds time.i also upgrded it to 2.0
    personally,i love this fon coz there’s a lot of thing u will enjoyed most.like,u’ll almost using a pc on this gadget.reading mails is quite easilly and all those usually stuff u like to a fon is all here.as if u can buy all ur desire in one fon at a time,imposible!not unless,u read all the specs before purchasing it!so y blaming on the fon if all the specs they listed is true!!!blame it on your self! Good job acer!

  2. Avatar for Eldora Lashlee Eldora Lashlee says:

    I’m a current Omnia (910) user on Verizon who was really disappointed with Windows Mobile 6.1 and Samsung’s shell. Wound up purchasing SPB Mobile Shell to get a usable interface and had to abandon Exchange e-mail caused by security restrictions. Fundamentally anytime you tried to place or acquire a call, you had to enter your PIN and I was missing calls to be a outcome. Finally determined to abandon smartphones for the time getting (economic causes) and wait for an excellent Android gadget. The Galaxy S (Facinate) ought to fit the bill. Disappointed to hear in the GPS concerns. Let me add that Verizon’s 3G assistance was outstanding throughout and I at some point stopped making use of WiFi since V3G was a lot quickly sufficient for me.Interestingly, I’m using the Omnia being a wireless product around the residence for checking email, Twitter, Facebook and uncomplicated browsing. But not like a phone!

  3. Avatar for aj_homer aj_homer says:

    capacitive po tft nga lng. dapat sana unibody gaya ng wave para mas maganda uso na ngayun yan from nokia htc at samsung

  4. Avatar for jhorwin jhorwin says:

    I thought Samsung spica uses a Resistive screen which is miles inferior to the Capacitive screen in Liquid.

  5. Avatar for simplynice93 simplynice93 says:

    This should be cheaper than Samsung Spica, otherwise it’s no good. Looks a fat version of the iPhone.

  6. Avatar for eric eric says:

    pangit magdesign ng phone nila ang acer…

  7. Avatar for Jose Farrugia Jose Farrugia says:

    Moreover, It’s still using an old Android operating system, version 1.6.

  8. Avatar for Jose Farrugia Jose Farrugia says:

    The only down side to this Android device is the processor. It’s running on a 768Mhz processor compared to the Samsung Galaxy i5700 which is a lot cheaper (P14,000) and running on a 800Mhz Processor.

    And I am sure the price of the Acer Liquid will be a few thousand pesos higher in the Philippines compared to the Singapore price.

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