Acer Liquid Metal review

  • £299

Acer's follow up to the Stream brings Android 2.2, but dials back the specs slightly.

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The five-megapixel camera on the Acer Liquid Metal has a few tricks up its sleeve, such as an anti-shake mode, smile shot and face tracking in stills mode.

The range of stills effects is limited to mono, negative, sepia and aqua, so there's nothing really fancy on offer, though there is a macro mode for taking the odd close-up and an LED light to help a little with indoor shots.

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INDOORS: The reasonably bright lighting of a shopping centre delivered fairly well-lit images, but you can see a huge white mass in the ceiling and the focus isn't all that wonderful

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POOR FOCUS: Problems with focusing were consistent in all our shots. This outdoor scene is pretty poor for a five-megapixel camera, with lots of the tree badly out of focus. Again the sky is a large white mass, giving more credence to our theory that the camera doesn't deal with variations in lighting very well

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GREY: More focus issues here, and while the colours of the playground equipment are fine, the sky is quite a poor mishmash

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DETAIL: We were fairly close to this subject, and the focus is, for once, fine. But the mirrored tiles of the mosaic reflected a bit of light even on our very dull winter's photography day, and again the lens fails to deal with the fluctuation

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory512 MB
Built-in FlashYes
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 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBrown
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameAcer
Battery Talk Time8 Hour
Product ModelS120 Liquid Metal
Screen Size9.1 cm (3.6")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Weight (Approximate)135 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height115 mm
Width63 mm
Depth13.5 mm
Battery Standby Time550 Hour
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product NameS120 Liquid Metal Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberXP.H58EN.011
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

Premium quality, industry leading design. Next generation wireless with HD video capture. The Acer Liquid Metal is designed to fit perfectly into your life.

Subtle Chic

The Liquid Metal has been engineered using the finest materials; glass and metal have been moulded so perfectly that you'll think this smart phone was carved from one solid piece. The vivid, curved 3.6" screen beautifully displays photos, videos and the web in colour and clarity. Clever notification LEDs on top of the device blend in with the design, illuminating to inform you what you've missed. Liquid Metal goes beyond a phone and becomes a part of your style.