Summary: Affordable mid-range. Acer's Liquid Z5 jumps on the bandwagon of 5-inch smartphones and catches attention at first glance with a price of 170 Euros (~$234). But what does it have to offer?
Pros: Slim casing, Solid build, Decent application performance, Real stereo speakers, Rapid button as control expansion, Two SIM slots..., ...in different formats, Float UI as Android extension, A few smart ideas, like the Rapid button and the differently sized SIM slots.
Cons: Pressure-sensitive screen, Flip cover might interfere with use, GPS feature only limited functionality, Camera's middling image quality, Screen's bluish cast, High black level, Apps sometimes unstable, Only satisfactory battery runtime, Practical components: better screen, camera, GPS module.
Conclusion: The Acer Liquid Z5 is great value for money, offering a plenty of tech alongside a big display for under £100. It brings some brilliant features with it too, including decent battery life, a great Float interface for multi-tasking, as well as the Quick Mode profiles which make it a fantastic device for those unfamiliar with the full complexities of the Android operating system. But it simultaneously fails to stand out among a strong crowd.
Pros: Value for money, bigger display than many rivals, generally good design, great multi-tasking interface, different modes for variety of abilities, good battery life
Cons: Low resolution display, poor viewing angles, speaker volume not great, slow camera, will be too large for some, card cover flaps look ugly, doesn't stand out in busy market
Summary: The Acer Liquid Z5 can be found on several online retailers for just over the £100 mark. This puts it in the same category as the universally liked Moto G (a device I’ve yet to get my hands on) and for this reason the two handsets will be compared to each other.
Pros: Good feel in the hand, Almost stock Android, Price, SD Card slot
Cons: Only running Android 4.2, Laggy/unresponsive at times, Internal memory allocation, Camera performance, Sealed battery
Excerpt: The Acer Liquid Z5 will arrive in Europe later this month priced at €169, and this mid-range price is reflected in the handset's middling specifications. With devices such as the Google Nexus 5 and Moto G fetching not much more with higher-end specificatons, we took the Liquid Z5 for a spin to see if it can match its competitors.
Excerpt: Acer has used the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 to position itself in the budget smartphone wars. Its unveiling of the Liquid Z5, priced at €169 (£140), sounds like a hot contender for the Motorola Moto G in terms of price. But can the Acer's relatively low spec deliver? We've been playing with one ahead of the show to see what we make of it. The Liquid Z5 packs in a 5-inch screen, making it a reasonably large Android device.
Excerpt: Das Acer Liquid Z5 hat die Hightech-Marke aus Taiwan püntktlich zur CES 2014 vorgestellt. Mit einem 5 Zoll großen Display und einem ziemlich günstigen Preis (UVP: 169 €, das ist auch der aktuelle Preis bei amazon.de) soll es Nutzer von 2 SIM-Karten gewinnen, die sich ein großes Smartphone wünschen. Erste Modelle des neuen Modells sind ..
Summary: Début mars nous testions le Liquid Z3 Duo d'Acer, un appareil d'entrée de gamme que nous avions noté 12/20 en raison de quelques lacunes côté écran et photographie. Le Z5 Duo est son grand frère, avec un grand affichage 5" et un appareil photo de 5 mégapixels. Que vaut-il face à la concurrence ?
Pros: Grand écran 5", Bouton à l'arrière intéressant, Dual SIM, Mode "facile", optimisé pour les débutants, Autonomie correcte
Cons: Grand écran 5", Bouton à l'arrière intéressant, Dual SIM, Mode "facile", optimisé pour les débutants, Autonomie correcte