Conclusion: The Acer Liquid S2 is one of those puzzling devices, when it comes to drawing the line and calling it. We'll be honest and say that we liked its character – it feels bold, and does not let its rather obscure background get in the way of aiming high. It looks sophisticated compared to the average Android handset, and the hardware specs sheet will leave nobody wanting. Unfortunately, Acer's boldness found its way into the price tag of the Liquid S2, too.
Pros: No frills performance, Beautiful display, Distinctive design, Stock Android look and feel
Cons: Priced the same as better models out there, Camera disappoints at several fronts, Seriously bulky
Summary: Big brother. The Taiwanese manufacturer surpasses its S1 model with the latest Acer Liquid S2. The smartphone is equipped with a Full HD screen, a fast Snapdragon 800 processor and a 13 MP camera, which can even record UHD videos. This places it comfortably in the high-end category. The price for this hardware is high, as is to be expected.
Pros: Fast performance, Memory can be increased up to 128 GB, Bright FullHD display with strong contrast, UltraHD camera, ac-WLAN, Good speaker positioning, The FHD panel of the Liquid S2 is impressive: bright, strong contrast and great black value. Combined with the dual speakers, we have a mobile movie theater in our pockets.
Cons: Internal memory could have been larger, Poor coverage of frequencies in the data networks, Modest, slow GPS reception, Pressure-sensitive case, No video out, Heavy when using with one hand, Integrated battery, More internal memory could not hurt, especially considering the demanding memory requirements of the UHD camera.
Excerpt: First revealed in Berlin last year, Acer’s six-inch Liquid S2 is one of the first handsets that can film 4k video. Along with the Full HD screen and great range of specs, it’s got everything in place to take on the big boys of the phablet world. Although it’s a sizeable six-incher, the Acer Liquid S2 doesn’t feel like too cumbersome for a phablet. It’s certainly a hand-filler, but the bezel surrounding the screen is minimal, stretching just a few millimetres either side.
Pros: Ultra HD 4k video, Vibrant Full HD screen, Snapdragon power, Vanilla Android
Cons: Dolby speakers still a bit ‘meh’, Size and weight makes it niche, Lacks multitasking/creative software, No KitKat as of yet
Summary: Large phone/tablets are not everyone’s cup of techie tea, but this Liquid S2 “phablet” by Taiwanese manufacturer Acer has impressed me greatly of late. For anyone wanting to converge all their technology into one do-it-all gadget that stops (just) short of looking silly when you use it as a phone, the Liquid S2 is really quite special. The headline feature is that its 166mm x 86mm x 9mm body takes 4K video with its 13-megapixel camera.
Conclusion: The Acer Liquid S2 undoubtedly is the firm's most interesting smartphone to date and manages to challenge the Galaxy Note 3 in screen quality and processing power. Although the handset ships with an older version of Google's Android mobile operating system, we found Acer's largely vanilla user interface pleasant to use, perhaps more so than the overbearing custom user interfaces often found on other similarly specified handsets.
Pros: Great screen, smooth performance, eye-catching design, up to 128GB of expandable storage, decent camera.
Cons: Poor battery life, only 16GB internal storage, will be too big for some., Comes with Google's older Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system.
Excerpt: 4K is one of the themes of this year's IFA show, and Acer has picked that up with its Liquid S2 Android smartphone, capable of recording 4K video, presumably to watch on one of the many Ultra HD TVs and computer screens also announced at IFA this year. A minute of 4K video recorded by the phone takes up 700MB of space, so you'll definitely want to supplement the phone's 16GB of internal storage.
Excerpt: Our first date with Acer's brand new Liquid S2 has left us impressed. The screen is sharp and the colours bright, like the company's Iconia A3 tablet, but with the 6-inch Full HD IPS display delivering more of a punch. It was comfortable to hold and sat well in the palm of our hands. We like the smooth plastic back, there is no creaking and the metal trim makes it look and feel like a solid build.