A year earlier, the only visible Android devices came from HTC, and slowly, as the year progressed, we saw a few more introductions by Samsung and LG. In 2010, with most manufacturers armed and ready to push out their own Android-powered devices, it's apparent that the already exciting smartphone race is revving up yet another notch.
One such company, previously known for its series of pocket digital assistants (PDA), is now back in the race. Adding on to its notebook lineup, Acer has also introduced its new smartphone range, powered by both Microsoft's Windows Mobile, and the growing Google Android. Not one to skimp on the hardware, Acer shot for the top with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon processors, as seen on the Acer neoTouch.
And as a fresh start, the company recently moved into the open-source scene with their first Android-based device, the Acer Liquid. The Acer Liquid shares similar specifications to the neoTouch, albeit with a few changes. For one, this will be the company's first Android device, and shares the same Snapdragon processor, albeit running at 768MHz instead of the full 1GHz operating speed. So how does this change the dynamics of the Android device, and will this be Acer's next big thing for its smartphone series? We share our evaluation of the Liquid in the next few pages.