Review Conclusion of the Acer Liquid S100 Android Phone
Bluetooth 5 Apr 2010
The name “Liquid” definitely fits the phone. Thanks to the higher speed SnapDragon processor in the phone, browsing and swiping through menus are much snappier than the Milestone we tested a couple of days ago. Based on the Android 1.6 with little customisation, the Acer Liquid does have it’s pros and cons against the other players, be it the Motorola Milestone or the iPhone.
Battery life seems to be pretty good for this handset as we only need to charge it every 2 days instead of the usual 1 day of the iPhone. As it is based on Android, the multitasking OS is able to handle various applications push mail, fring all in the background without me worrying of defleting the battery when notifications are turned on on the iPhone.
Both the Motorola Milestone comes with a 5 megapixel camera. We tested both and we find that the Motorola Milestone has an edge over the Acer Liquid in terms of image quality. The Acer Liquid also lacks a flash led for shooting pictures in a near pitch dark environment. For users that require text entry in Chinese, the Acer Liquid has Chinese interface and Chinese input methods are built in. It just runs out of the box. There are also custom applications that allows you to listen to live music (Sniplets) and media sharing tool, allowing you to access the images and videos via WIFI as a network drive. You can also watch Starhub Mobile TV if you download the client from their marketplace.
The experience with Acer Liquid is a positive one. I would personally prefer a black metallic design instead of the white colour as it looks plastic to me. The faster processor speed also give it a slight edge over the Milestone. Although the SnapDragon is rated 1GHz, Acer probably purposely clocked it down to 768GMHz to extend battery life. Perhaps Acer should consider to give users the full speed at 1GHz plus a higher powered battery (current battery is rated at 1350mAh).
According to our knowledge, Acer will be releasing updates of the Android 1.6 to 2.1 in Q2 2010. So, we wouldn’t have to wait too long to see a brand new interface with Live Wallpaper and features only available on the 2.1 firmware.
– faster processor speed
– Chinese interface and built in input methods
– Android marketplace
– Sniplet, media sharing tool
– no Flash light
– text auto correction
– clocked down processor speed