Conclusion: 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. But if you can stretch to just a little bit more, the absolutely spectacular, cutting edge Google Nexus 4 is back in stock for £239 on the Google Play website. Unless that extra £60 is a dealbreaker, Acer has no answer to that right now.
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 solidly made, and the curved design reminds of us lots of recent Sony Xperia Android phones - no bad thing. Acer’s mild tweaking of Android is a shining example of how to not...
Cons: Unfortunately, said software is also well behind the times at this point - Android 4.0 is now two full versions out of date at this point, and showing its age a bit.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. Some of the hardware disappoints meanwhile, though for this price you’d usually excpect a few cut corners. The camera, for instance, is disappointing to say the least, while the ...
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. But as the months passed we saw One X, Galaxy S III and Optimus G. and the CloudMobile S500 gradually began to fade into irrelevance.
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 dual-core Krait CPU, Adreno 225 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8960A chipset, 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, hotspot, GPS receiver with A-GPS support, Custom Acer launcher, Digital c...
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 S500 may have been late to the party, but it’s perfect for anyone now after a truly affordable, capable Android smartphone.
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. Performance-wise, we have nothing to complain about at all as the dual-core chip handles any task without breaking a sweat.
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 software. Considering that besides these, it has a great design and integrated cloud storage, how could you say no? I say you give it a go because it will be worth every penny.
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. We can expect it to cost around $100-200 when it’s finally released, or even cheaper, seeing as there are quad core smartphones on the way.
Conclusion: The Acer S500 CloudMobile is a decent business-designed handset with dependable dual-core power, a bright and vibrant HD screen and top sound quality. Sadly the added Acer Cloud services don’t quite hit the mark.
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
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;
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. Battery life is, we think, a little lame, but this phone has a reasonably modest capacity of 1460mAh.
Pros: Looks good, barebones Android, expandable memory, great screen
Cons: Average battery life, quite a basic device, old version of Android