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.
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.
Pros: Speedy second generation Snapdragon chipset, Very good call quality, Ergonomic curved design with metallic accents, Innovative Breeze UI
Summary: This good-looking Android 2.2 handset features a curved design and a metal accent on the back but, oddly, has a plastic backplate. The Acer Liquid Metal is chunkier than some smartphones but fits comfortably in the palm of the hand.
Conclusion: So overall the Acer Liquid Metal is a good device. We’re impressed with the level of customisation that Acer have undertaken - it makes it distinctive with the added addition that if you want to revert back to standard Android you can in a flash.
Pros: It’s distinctive, Dobly Mobile sounds great, doesn’t do anything drastically wrong
Cons: Acer’s custom UI is radically and might deter some, poor camera performance, video format support basic, design not cohesive, screen scratches easily
Summary: The Acer Liquid Metal runs Android 2.2 and on top of that sits Acer’s Breeze skin. This delivers a rather different take both on accessing widgets and how a home screen is structured. You'll either love it or hate it. You can drop it and use vanilla Android if you’d prefer, though.