Big touch screens are being much liked these days all around the world; whether in a phone, media player or tablet. Acer has launched a pretty nice big touchscreen smartphone which is called Acer Liquid Metal. Acer’s main concern is with the production of laptops and monitors. Seeing the boom in mobile phone manufacturing industry, Acer seems inspired by this fact. Therefore, we can see Acer stepping into mobile phone production. Acer Liquid Metal is one step taken by the company, which is pretty successful step.
Acer Liquid Metal
Let us have a look at the specifications and features of Acer Liquid Metal.
- Announced: October 2010
- Released: November 2010
- Dimensions: 115 mm x 63 mm x 13.5 mm
- Weight: 135 g
- 2G network: Quad Band GSM – 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- 3G network: Tri Band – HSDPA – 850 / 1900 / 2100
- Display type: TFT capacitive touch screen
- Display size: 480 x 800 pixels – 3.6 inches – 16 M colours
- Display features: touch sensitive controls – accelerometer for auto rotate
- User Interface: Acer UI 4.0 Breeze
- Operating system: Android OS v 2.2 Froyo
- Central Processing Unit: Qualcomm MSM 7230 800 MHz processor
- Memory: 512 MB RAM – 512 MB ROM
- Expandable memory: Yes; up to 32 GB
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G: HSDPA 14.4 Mbps – HSUPA 2 Mbps
- WLAN: Yes; Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n – UpnP
- Bluetooth: Yes; v 2.1 with A2DP
- USB: Yes; microUSB v 2.0
- GPS: Yes; with A-GPS support
- Speaker phone: Yes; Dolby Mobile Sound Enhancement – 3.5 mm audio jack
- Camera: Yes; 5 MP – 2592 x 1944 pixels
- Camera features: LED Flash – auto focus – face detection – smile detection – image stabilization – geo tagging
- Video recording: Yes; 720 p @ 30 fps
- Multimedia features: Audio and Video player
- Radio: No
- Java: Yes; MIDP 2.0
- Browser: Yes; HTML
- Messaging: SMS ( threaded view) – MMS – Email – Push Email
- Games: Yes
- Colours: Silver
- Other features: Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic – Gmail – Google Search – Google Maps – document viewer – predictive text input – music recognition – integration of: Google Talk, Picasa, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter
- Battery backup in standby mode: 2G – up to 450 hours / 3G – up to 550 hours
- Battery backup (talk time) : 2G – up to 11 hours / 3G – up to 8 hours
If you are trying to look for a comparison between the Liquid Metal and the Stream, let me tell you few things about both. As far as the display is concerned, there is a slight difference between both the phones. Stream offers a 3.7 inches display whereas Liquid Metal has a smaller 3.6 inches one. Despite the name, Metal is mostly made up of plastic; whereas Stream is more metallic looking. As far as internet is concerned, the Stream has speed limit of 7.2 Mbps (with HSDPA), while our Liquid Metal goes up to 14.4 Mbps, which certainly is a very impressive speed.
How does this phone look like in front of you? Well, this is certainly a very attractive and nice looking cell phone with smart designing. Mostly, it is plastic but we can see a flake of stainless steel on the back which helps making it look strong and sturdy. The chassis on front has an outward curve that makes the screen look clearer and bigger than its actual size. Well, there is another curve on the phone, too, which is present on the back side. This curve has been created to fit the phone in one’s hand more easily. But it becomes a little irritating when the phone wobbles while resting on a table top.
3.6 inches might sound a little smaller than the existing rivals, but it offers detailed picture with 480 x 800 pixels. Below the display screen are the standard 4 touch sensitive Android buttons. Nothing can be seen on the left side of the phone, whereas the right side has volume rocker and camera clicker. Top side offers the power button and a 3.5 mm earphones slot. The bottom area is fitted with a microUSB port. The slenderness of Acer Liquid Metal will surely make you adore the beautiful gadget.
As far as the user interface is concerned, Acer has offered its own called Breeze. If it isn’t what you want to use on your Android based Liquid Metal, you can go for the Vanilla Android. There are five home screens to which you can add widgets of your choice; but not simply by tap and hold method. The main Home screen won’t show you any options. You will have to flip a turned up corner in the bottom left of the screen and this will take you to another screen which shows a row containing four application shortcuts on the bottom of the screen. You can choose widgets for your Home Screens by dragging this row upwards to reveal an area showing all the apps. Go to the “Widgets” app and choose from there. Or, you can press the Home button and hold it there until it takes you to the “Add a Widget” area.
The status and notification bar is not situated on the top of the screen as it usually does in cell phones; rather you can see this bar just above the four shortcuts row. Tap it and it takes you to a menu of different options like GPS, Wi-Fi, Network, alarm clock etc.
Browsing is easy and zooming will give you very nice view as screen’s resolution is pretty nice. Camera is a nice one, with good features. It captures HD video of 720 p @ 30 fps. You get two media players; a standard one and nemoPlayer; latter offers you Dolby Mobile Equalizer. You can shake the mobile right or left to go to previous or next song. Shaking it also quiets down a ringing alarm. You cannot find a radio in here.
Overall, this is a nice phone with all the required features, and a very nice price.
Product’s Unique Selling Points:
- Nice battery life
- Nicely priced
- Sharp display
- Very nice audio quality
- Back curve is annoying
- User interface is not very smooth