Summary: The Acer CloudMobile proves that the company has come a long way since its first tepid attempts at Android smartphones. It’s certainly one of the best smartphones to be had for under £200 SIM-free.
Conclusion: We first heard of the Acer CloudMobile S500 a couple of weeks before the Mobile World Congress in February. Back then it was supposed to be a cream of the crop, flagship device with a dual-core Krait chip, 720p screen and the latest Android on board - the stuff superphones were made of.
Pros: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, Tri-band HSPA+, 4.3" 16M-color IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen of 720 x 1280 pixel resolution (~342 ppi), 8 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, 1080p@30fps video recording, HDR, touch focus, 720p front-facing camera, Android 4.0.4 Ice Crea, Sandwich, 1.5GHz ...
Cons: No word on Jelly Bean update for now, Not the most compact smartphone with a 4.3" screen around, Relatively modest battery life, All plastic construction, Sub-par camera performance
Conclusion: One of Acer’s most powerful mobile offerings to date also turns out to be one of the best examples of value for money we can think of right now. With the latest version of Android, hardware comparable to many of 2012’s flagships and a price tag of just £169.99 from Expansys , the Acer CloudMobile...
Pros: Powerful hardware, Great screen, Incredible value for money
Conclusion: Although Acer is a name that rarely gets mentioned when Android smartphones are concerned, the CloudMobile is a handset that deserves attention. Without a doubt, it is among the better-looking devices we've reviewed lately.
Pros: Great design, High resolution display, Good performance
Cons: The camera's autofocus is fiddly, Music player needs lots of work, Streaming music or video with AcerCloud can be tricky
Acer CloudMobile review – great design and integrated cloud storage, not your average Android
7 June 2012
Conclusion: Acer may be a new player in Android smartphones but it is not to be overlooked. CloudMobile is a statement of that. The phone has everything you will need from an Android including a large screen with HD resolution and crisp display, a powerful processor, healthy RAM, a good camera, and the latest...
Acer CloudMobile – HD screen, 1.5 GHz dual core processor and NFC coupled with the AcerCloud platform
1 March 2012
Conclusion: The Acer CloudMobile is a pretty long way (in smartphone time) from being available to the general public, as it’s just been demonstrated at a special event in Milan, and will officially be unveiled for the world at this year’s MWC.
Summary: The basics Meet the Acer CloudMobile S500, a budget Android phone with specs that are not to be sniffed at. For just £179.99 SIM-free, you get a 4.3-inch HD screen powered by a speedy dual-core 1.5GHz processor, plus all the apps Android can handle. Is this a match made in wallet-conscious heaven?
Pros: For the price, Acer’s hardware is as good as it gets. Period. The 4.3-inch 720p screen is absolutely superb - you can’t make out the individual pixels. Add to that the ability to output the screen to a telly via HDMI, and you’re onto a winner. The plastic build itself isn’t exactly sexy, but it’s...
Cons: Unfortunately, said software is also well behind the times at this point - Android 4.0 is now two full versions out of date at this point, and showing its age a bit. If you’ve used a speedier Android 4.1 or 4.2 phone with smart notifications you can pinch to expand, you won’t want to go back. Som...
Summary: The Acer S500 CloudMobile is a reasonable handset aimed at business users. It has reliable dual-core power, a crisp colourful HD display and impressive sound quality. The Acer Cloud services are not really necessary though.
Pros: Smooth, fast performance • Impressive sound quality; • good-quality HD display; • Great for video;
Cons: • Contacts menu is fiddly; • Cloud service redundant; • Unstylish design;