Acer Liquid E review

Acer's second Android phone adds an Eclair 2.1 update

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This isn't one of the more pleasant experiences when using this phone. It seems that it's impossible to turn of the haptic vibrations when typing out a message on the standard keyboard, which seems to slow down the entire process because the phone is always trying to catch up with itself.

It doesn't seem like a processor problem, because everything else is pretty slick. We've had this issue before on phones, turned the vibrations off, and it has been much easier to type, but here we couldn't turn them off even when doing so in the Android settings menu.

The text messaging interface is in-line with the familiar Android experience, with threaded messages, so there's no problem there, but actually typing it is a different experience altogether.

In portrait mode, the Liquid E's keys are a little too rounded and mistakes are a regular occurrence.

The space key is largely unresponsive and you have to access the numbers and symbols screen to type a comma. In the comma's place is a globe key to select language.

Why on earth does that need to be there instead of a comma? Worse still, if you hit it by accident, you have to trawl through all the languages to get back to English.

It also seems a little bit too keen to guess what you're typing. The dictionary functionality is great, and suggested words do appear in a menu below the text field, but the phone seems to second guess you more often than is necessary.

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Often, one mistake can veer you off in a completely different direction, we were typing "they're" and made one mistake and all of a sudden the suggested word was "turther". We can't even begin to make sense of that one.

Type "Shearer" and the suggested word was "endeared". That may explain how we feel when we see Alan Shearer's face, but how does the phone figure that's what we wanted to type?

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In other cases, it fails to correct when it really needs to. Why would the phone think we want to type "wad" instead of "was"? It won't even give us an apostrophe for I'm. It thinks we want to type "in". Backwards.

This happens time and time again and it makes typing a text a quite laborious and often infuriating experience.

The lack of reliability also removes being able to use the space bar to accept the suggested word. We typed "Maxi" and by the time we'd finished the text, we'd sent "Nazi". Not cool.

It's easier to type in landscape mode though, but that doesn't solve the problems.

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One good thing about texting is the auto re-send functionality that will send your unsent messages when you regain signal, rather than having to do it manually.

Email functionality suffers from the same problems, although the organic Android 2.1 email interface on the Liquid E works very well. You can add Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo accounts very easily, and there's no messing about with POP/IMAP settings or incoming/outgoing servers.

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Each inbox is colour coded, and you can choose the default account from which you want to send email. There's also combined inbox functionality too, but still no sign of threaded emails.

You'll need the native Gmail app for that. RoadSync is also built-in as standard allowing easy access to your Exchange email.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory512 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameAcer
Battery Talk Time5 Hour
Product ModelLiquid E
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Weight (Approximate)135 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.1 Eclair
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height115 mm
Width64 mm
Depth12.8 mm
Battery Standby Time9601.92 Hour
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product NameLiquid E Smartphone
Processor Speed768 MHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberXP.H480Q.070
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Socialize in high definition

The all-new Acer Liquid E equipped with the latest Android 2.1 Éclair, even more easy-to-use features and ultra-smart menus. With ultra-fluid, high-definition multimedia, stunningly fast applications and endless socializing on the go, this is the phone that will take your social and multimedia worlds into a new dimension. This is Liquid. Only better.

Designed to be special

Simplicity reigns supreme with the Acer Liquid E. The large 3.5" high-definition screen dominates the front, while an integrated 5MP camera is all you'll see on the back. But don't let the simple, ergonomic design fool you. The clean lines of the exterior conceal one of the world's most sophisticated mobile devices.