Acer Liquid S100 review

Do high end specs automatically make a good Android phone?

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Messaging on the Acer Liquid S100 is a, well, difficult experience if we're trying to put it in a balanced way.

The thing about using the messaging functions on the phone is that while the Android system is good and can handle elements like threaded conversations and improved contact integration, there are some companies that can't seem to get the basics right when it comes to text entry, and Acer is one of them.

Acer liquid s100

The Acer NeoTouch S200 was one such device, with it's impossible-to-use Windows Mobile keyboard, and while the Liquid's is miles ahead of that, it's still sorely lacking.

Acer liquid s100

For one, when you're trying to reply in a threaded conversation, trying to press the 'Tap to compose' screen just doesn't work - if we hadn't known the trick of holding down the menu icon on the touch sensitive row to force the keyboard open, messaging would have been impossible.

And while the Acer Liquid does support predictive text (like on the HTC range, where it works out which word your fumbling thumbs were trying to type) it's nowhere near as good, with it basically capitalising the letter 'I' and putting the odd apostrophe in here and there.

But most infuriatingly, if you try and write 'and' or 'an' the Liquid will decide you actually want to write 'Android' instead and insert it in.

Acer liquid s100

On the plus side, the Liquid does have RoadSync as standard, which means that you've got access to Exchange email instantly. We're big fans of this being offered, as it makes any Android phone instantly more useful as a device. The interface and synchronisation are good, as is the calendar support, so a big well done to the company for including that.

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