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Acer Liquid Metal review

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

Any smartphone worth its salt needs to be able to import contacts from a wide range of external sources. As well as coping with your SIM, the Acer Liquid Metal can add contacts from Facebook, Twitter, Exchange and Google.

Twitter support has been added since the Acer Stream appeared, but our review device refused to perform its synchronisation duty with Twitter, indicating that maybe there are some teething problems.

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When it comes to synchronising, you've got some options to sync all contacts, just sync info with existing contacts, or not sync at all. This runs for both Twitter and Facebook.

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When you've been through the process, you can see an individual's contact details drawn from different accounts in the People section of the Acer Liquid Metal. Mobile numbers and email addresses are drawn right in.

A quick tap on the Facebook profile link takes you through to the web interface where you can view a contact's wall, info and photos, and write messages.

Alternatively adding a contact in by hand lets you enter a range of information about an individual including their names, two phone numbers (mobile and home), two email addresses (work and home), postal address, work details (title and company) an IM handle, nickname, a web site address, photo and some notes.

There's no problem with making a call using the dialler, and we like the large Call button that means you really can't miss it with a thumb. Tapping the button at the head of the screen takes you to your contacts.

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During out testing period, the Acer Liquid Metal held its signal strength well, though we did find ourselves getting annoyed at the notifications bar which was sometimes in the lower third of the screen and sometimes at the bottom.

Looking to see if we had notifications was a bit more of a chore than usual – we normally just glance at the top of the screen for the relevant info.

Conversations we had with people were clear enough, and we didn't experience any dropped calls. We had no real worries with voice-based conversations.

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.