Excerpt: Another affordable offering from Acer has landed in our laps and this time it takes the form of the Acer CloudMobile S500. This handset initially arrived at Mobile World Congress 2012, so how does it fare one year on, now that it’s finally here?
Pros: Powerful hardware, Great screen, Incredible value for money
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: 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 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;
Summary: Look and feel The Acer S500 CloudMobile isn’t the most stylish phone, with a rather corporate, masculine look, but it feels good in the hand and the textured back helps grip. Ease of Use Some bits such as the Acer Cloud and the contacts menu are quite fiddly to use.
Pros: • Fast and Fluid; • Great sound quality; • High quality HD screen; • Ideal for video; • Feels good in the hand
Cons: • Contacts not easy to use; • Cloud system redundant; • Lacks style; • Battery life
Conclusion: The S500 is a great device. It's sensibly priced and features the sort of cut-down Android experience that Android lovers will really like. As a result, there's a lack of enhancements over Google's core OS, but that core is a lot more feature-complete than back in the days of 1.6 or 2.0.
Pros: Looks good, barebones Android, expandable memory, great screen
Cons: Average battery life, quite a basic device, old version of Android
Summary: Overall the Acer S500 Cloud Mobile is a great phone. Acer really have strung together the perfect combination of pieces to make a small, easy to handle, yet powerful to quickly get the job done.
Pros: Really smooth feel to everything, Nicely arranged internal memory, MicroSD slot, Removable battery, Vanilla Android with some nice tweaks, Great camera, Decent speaker, Dolby Digital sound is great, High screen PPI, NFC, Nice clear sound to calls
Cons: 1460 mAh battery struggles to get through the day, At times the 4 point muliti touch screen misses a touch, Onscreen softkeys remove screen real estate i.e. during web browsing or in games