Acer Liquid Metal review

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

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You've got two media players on the Acer Liquid Metal for your own music. The standard player locates music, finds album art where you've got it available and gives you serviceable, if not spectacular, playback controls.

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As an alternative, nemoPlayer brings together music, photos and video in a slightly nicer looking interface.

However use nemoPlayer and you get neither access to the music control widget nor to the control tool that sits on the notification bar on the main screen. You have to be playing tunes through the standard Android music player to have access to those.

But if you're in nemoPlayer, you do get access to Dolby Mobile equaliser settings, and separate equalisers for both audio and video, and you don't get that through the standard Android media player.

Our sample MPEG 4 videos played perfectly through both the nemoPlayer and the Gallery app. You're a bit spoiled for choice, and the abundance of options might be a bit confusing for some users.

There's no FM radio. This isn't a dealbreaker, but we're so used to seeing FM as an added extra that its absence does jar a little.

As a final element to media services you've got UPnP for media sharing and Acer's somewhat lacklustre Spinlets service for media streaming. We've never really found Spinlests very exciting.

Admittedly there is more streaming content in Spinlets now than there was when we first saw it as a fresh, bright and new service, but the range is limited. If you really want media streaming then Spotify is the one to beat.

Oh, and there's something else to add to the media mix. Shake control. Yes, we know. The last thing you probably want to do is shake your Acer Liquid Metal left to move on to the next song and right to move to the previous song. But if you really want to, you can.

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You can also shake to stop an alarm sounding.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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
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 Address
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.