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Acer Liquid E review

Acer's second Android phone adds an Eclair 2.1 update

As with all new Android phones, filling your contacts book is an absolute doddle and can be done within minutes.

Say what you will about Google and privacy, but if you've ever used an Android phone before, repopulating the contacts folder on a new phone is painless.

Unless you've spent a long time refining your Google address book, there'll be a lot of unwanted contacts on there, so you'll need to do a little deleting.

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Something that stood out to us, when setting up our contacts book was the ability to add our Twitter contacts into the mix, alongside Google, Facebook and SIM address books.

It's easy to hide Facebook, so your contacts folder isn't jam-packed full of the acquaintances who were mean to you at school. Facebook friends are listed in the Others section, beneath your phone contacts. Twitter pals also live there too.

Unfortunately we couldn't find a way to merge contacts, so the only ones who appear as both Facebook and Google contacts are those you've previously merged on other devices.

We tried changing names in the hope that they'd recognise each other and sync-up, but with no joy.

Those contacts that do have a Facebook profile attached to them have an "F" icon beneath their name alongside the "G" for Google.

Calling

Call quality is good, and audio was clear but not always reliable. We had to reset the phone because the recipients of our calls could not hear us. Upon reset the problem was solved and we've not experienced the same thing since. Still, it was quite worrying.

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Accessing your call contacts is straight forward as you can simply start typing a name into the dialpad, but this is one area of the phone that isn't quite as fluid. The haptic feedback seems to delay things somewhat.

For some reason, quite annoyingly, phone numbers are formatted in the American style 123-456-78901 style. No big deal, but still we'd like our numbers to be familiar.

Another interesting feature was the ability to put a contact on hold and make a second call, which is handy in a "hang on a second, I'll just ask him, let me put you on hold" kind of way.

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Call quality comes through loud and clear from both the internal and the external speaker and no amount of holding it in different places could cause the signal to drop. Trust us, we tried, so stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Jobsy.

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
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
ColourWhite
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 Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
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.