Acer Liquid E review

Acer's second Android phone adds an Eclair 2.1 update

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Quite simply the worst battery performance we've ever seen on a smartphone.

The lithium 1350mAh battery (slightly lower than the 1400mAh on the HTC Desire) was fully charged at 10am on the first day of full testing and by 5.30pm it was completely dead.

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And by dead we mean dead. It took forever to have the will to come back on. Even when plugged into the mains it took half an hour of resting up before we could even switch the thing back on.

To be fair to the Liquid E, we tested it to the max, employing the camera heavily and sending 3MB pictures via 3G, and continually using push email, but it surely shouldn't be draining to this extent?

We typed out a lot of texts and had the screen on full brightness to combat the sunlight, while live Twitter and Facebook widgets were running on the Home screen, but a seven-hour battery life is incredibly poor.

On another day, we used it sparingly and by 8pm it was also on the way out. Whereas we'll happily accept that most smartphones need to be charged in order to handle a second day's usage, not making it through the first day is completely unacceptable.

It promises five hours of talk time and 400 hours of standby battery. That's simply not true.


Android phones are always well-armed when it comes to connectivity and the Liquid E continues that fine tradition. There's 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, which performed very consistently, HSDPA to 7.2Mbps and quad-band 2G connectivity.

Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP is also present and AGPS works very well in terms of geotagging photography and Google Maps navigation. It does struggle in crowded areas, and it's not so reliable indoors.

Acer liquid e review

The homescreen-housed connectivity bar allows you control most of that functionality with one touch.

For a laptop manufacturer, you'd think that the Liquid E would be jam-packed with cool PC functionality that would encourage users to own this phone as an extension to their Acer PC. Well, no-one at Acer thought of that.

There's no neat interface to allow file transfers or contacts back ups and the CD that accompanies the handset is merely a digital instruction manual.

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Plugging the Acer Liguid E into the PC just prompts the microSD card storage, making it easy to drag and drop your files onto the device. Sadly there's no opportunity to utilise the device as a mobile broadband dongle.

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.