Acer Liquid Metal - Going with the Flow


Overview & Design

Overview & Design

While Acer had quite a blast riding on the Android wave with a couple of handsets released mid last year, they have been relatively quiet compared to the likes of Android-lovin' giants like HTC or Samsung. Making somewhat of a comeback with the new Liquid Metal,  Acer is set to face some strong competition from existing players. How will this mid-range Android device fare? That's what we're going to share today.

The Acer Liquid Metal has a slightly curved body - both back and front. Because of that, the phone cannot rest properly on a flat surface. Additionally, because of this curvaceous aspect, the smartphone isn’t as dainty and slim as what we are mostly used to. To add on, its raised screen makes it slightly too thick for comfortable handling.

 

Design-wise, it follows somewhat closely to its Acer Liquid predecessor, boasting of similar physical features, including streamlined aesthetics with sparse and simple icons representing home, search, back and main menu options as touch controls. The phone is predominantly black with silver finishings and a brown chrome back cover. One thing we disliked about its appearance is that it is glossy all over, practically making it a fingerprint magnet from top to bottom.

Just like the Acer Liquid, the top edge also houses a trio of status LEDs that glows when there are incoming notifications - a battery status light flashes when the battery is charging and glows white when it's full; an envelope icon pulses to indicate unread messages; and a white arrow symbol flashes to indicate an incoming call or missed call.

7.5
Design
7
Features
8
User-Friendliness
7.5
Performance
8
Value
8
The Good
Decent camera performance
Good battery mileage
Smooth user experience
Mobile Dolby sound enhancing options
The Bad
Unintuitive Breeze UI
Bulky and 'fingerprint magnet' exterior