Acer Liquid Mini review

The Acer Liquid Mini is a mid-range Android 2.2 handset with nothing really new on offer

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Acer Liquid Mini review: Interface

Acer uses a skin for Android that we've seen before, called Breeze, though it has been slightly tweaked this time round. It's a little convoluted, but if you like the concept you'll certainly be able to fly with it.

Switch the handset on and you'll be in the Lock screen, which presents missed call and message notifications, and tells you the date and time. Bottom right of the screen is the name of your network operator, and bottom left is what looks like a curled over corner.

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Tap a notification and you can slide the box that appears to go immediately to missed calls or to messages.

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Alternatively sweep that folded corner at the bottom left and you are taken straight to the main screen.

Acer liquid mini

This is where things get interesting. The screen is divided into three sections. At the bottom there are two rows of quick shortcuts to apps. Sweep this area upwards and you're into the main apps listing, ranged across three screens, through which you horizontally sweep.

Acer liquid mini

At the very top of the screen is the notifications bar. Acer had toyed with putting this above the shortcuts area in the Liquid Metal, but it's back where you expect it to be now. But the nifty alert bubbles remain.

Tap the notifications bar and up pop bubbles offering access to additional features. Sweep with a finger to move between them. You can set alarms, make connection settings, and see recent notifications. And more bubbles appear as you use some apps, such as during media playback.

Acer liquid mini

Acer liquid mini

Acer liquid mini

Now, that middle section has a hidden secret. Sweep a finger to reveal a new window on the left where you can see your recent usage history as a carousel of thumbnails. Moving through these to get to recently used apps is a delight. Sweep to reveal a new window on the right and you're into the media browser, where you can access photos, videos and music.

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You want to know about widgets, right?

Well, you can set up five screens of them. There's a small widgets icon on the main screen, or you can tap and hold the Home button when you're on the main screen to get into the widgets screens.

Acer liquid mini

Now you can scroll left and right to see widgets, and use the plus button at the bottom left of the screen to choose new widgets from a list.

Acer liquid mini

Just as we've found before with Acer's use of these widgets, it's a bit of a round-the-houses system, but it does work, and if you look on the bright side you get five widgets screens plus a flexible Home screen and an interactive Lock screen - all of which work pretty well, if a bit fiddly at times.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory512 MB
Built-in FlashNo
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value0.47 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameAcer
Battery Talk Time8 Hour
Product ModelE310 Liquid mini
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)108 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution720 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Messaging TypeMMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Instant Messaging, Email, SMS (Short Message Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height110.4 mm
Width57.5 mm
Depth13 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time400 Hour
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product NameE310 Liquid mini Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberXP.H86EN.007
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

Mini in size, maxi in performance

The subtle curves meet the beautiful chrome edges, wrapped in a soft touch casing formed to fit in your hand perfectly. You will be just as amazed that we managed to pack so many features into this charming Android smartphone running on Google's Android 2.2 operating system, this phone is nothing short of remarkable.

Five different flavors

Your smartphone isn't just a communication device; it reflects a part of your personality, which is why the liquid mini is offered in five color options. Pick between Royal Blue, Jet Silver, Light Pink, Lime Green and Piano Black colors. You're spoilt for choice when picking out your Liquid Mini.

Package Contents
  • E310 Liquid mini Smartphone
  • AC Adapter
  • 2GB microSD Card
  • Battery
  • Quick Guide
  • USB Cable
  • Headset