Conclusion: The Acer Liquid MT has some interesting things going for it. The curved screen is an interesting approach and I like the “hidden” notification lights at the top. Performance is reasonable and it’s among the cheaper Android smartphones when you buy into a contract with Rogers. Having Froyo out of the box isn’t bad either, considering that only the Nexus S is currently shipping with Gingerbread. On the flip side, there are more than a few downsides to this phone.
Conclusion: So, should you get an Acer Liquid Metal? No. There are far better options such as the Wildfire S and the Galaxy Ace in the same category that offer a much better user experience. I know it is cliche, but if you are reading this Acer, go back to the drawing board.
Acer Liquid Metal - A lot of potential, but not a lot of power
11 March 2011
Summary: For a price of just a tad more than Rs 20k, the Liquid Metal relies on its good build quality and unique design to attract buyers. Other than that, it tends to run out of steam if you open multiple applications in the background. Also, the main rivals, HTC Desire and the Samsung Galaxy S have a definite power and performance advantage.
Pros: Rather unique looks, Very good build quality, Good battery life, Dolby Mobile sound enhancement enhances audio listening via headphones, Camera much better than expected
Cons: Breeze UI feels over-customized after a certain point, The curved chassis makes on-screen keyboard uncomfortable, A bit thick and feels heavy
Summary: While Acer had quite a blast riding on the Android wave with a couple of handsets released mid last year, they have been relatively quiet compared to the likes of Android-lovin' giants like HTC or Samsung. Making somewhat of a comeback with the new Liquid Metal, Acer is set to face some strong competition from existing players. How will this mid-range Android device fare? That's what we're going to share today.
Pros: Decent camera performance, Good battery mileage, Smooth user experience, Mobile Dolby sound enhancing options
Cons: Unintuitive Breeze UI, Bulky and 'fingerprint magnet' exterior
Excerpt: This is a global GSM phone, it can be used with AT&T's 3G and T-Mobile USA's 2G network. Acer is the world’s second largest computer manufacturer after HP, but its smartphone department clearly wasn’t the company’s focus. Now that everybody is giving it a try, Acer decided it is high time to nail it.
Pros: Speedy second generation Snapdragon chipset, Very good call quality, Ergonomic curved design with metallic accents, Innovative Breeze UI
Excerpt: Acer has been in the mobile game for quite some time now but truth be told, I’ve not been too impressed with what they’ve had to offer. Their Liquid series of Android powered devices, while definitely good looking had issues with overall functionality while nevertheless offering quite a bit of features. Their latest is in the form of yet another in the range called Liquid Metal and here’s a closer look.
Summary: While testing Acer Liquid Metal I haven't noticed any problems with the reception. The ringtones are average in volume and the speaker is loud enough. The vibro is always felt and I have no complaints here.
The model will hit the shelves in mid January. We could have analyzed its positioning better, but its release time is too far from today, which considerably affects the impressions.
Summary: In Russia, the Acer Liquid Metal is expected to be available in January with an estimated price of RUR 20,000 (EUR 470). Look for the full review on our website next week. In the meantime, I would like to share my general impressions about the device. I believe the company is doing the right thing by concentrating on a limited number of models and gradually improving those that turn out to be successful.