Acer Liquid S100 review

Do high end specs automatically make a good Android phone?

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Google has brought an irritating problem with Android – when you start the phone up and synchronise your Gmail account, all your contacts are automatically thrown at the phone. This would be great, but unless you've spent a good three hours sorting through them, it's a veritable mish-mash of nonsense.

Of course you can choose not to see these, but there are always some you need to keep, and that makes life a little harder when trying to organise your contacts book.

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Android's contact list is pretty basic – slide up and down to find the person you're looking for, grab the tab on the side to move through quickly and alphabetically, or just type a name in through the search box to open things up and find it easily.

Contacts are listed with photo and personalised ringtone and so on – and we were pretty excited to see the ability to link social networks with contacts as well. However, sadly the problems within the Acer Liquid system were too great to ever see how this worked as trying to synchronise Facebook or Flickr within the phone led to the application throwing up an error message and asking us to close it down.

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So it means we're back to only seeing the Android contacts menu, which isn't all that bad in fairness. We're not fans of the tabbed system which is used for everything calling-based, but it is nice to be able to choose your favourites and have them in a separate list to offer quick access to those you call and text the most.

The dialler is nicely laid out, although it would have been nice to have some smart dialling on offer, as it's not always easy to navigate through to your favourite friends using the contacts tab, which can be a little hard to grab and slide.

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And when you've added in Google contacts, it's nigh on impossible for the Acer Liquid to manage to sort them all alphabetically for some reason, with it spiriting away a portion of your friends to a hidden, impossible to find location.

Calling on the Acer Liquid is OK - the call quality isn't brilliant but it's stable enough, although we had trouble finding the speaker hole with our ear in that expanse of plastic at times.

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Coverage was good enough to function in most places, although it dropped out fairly regularly when in a moving vehicle - in fact, it wasn't even worth bothering with at times. We've tested other devices in the same situation, such as the HTC HD2, so we know it can be done well.

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, HSUPA, HSDPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameAcer
Battery Talk Time5 Hour
Product ModelS100 Liquid 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 Time400 Hour
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product NameS100 Liquid E Smartphone
Processor Speed768 MHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberXP.H480Q.114
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.

Package Contents
  • S100 Liquid E Smartphone
  • Battery