With the Acer Liquid Mini E310, the popular laptop manufacturer forays into the mid-range Android smartphone segment. The Liquid Mini is loaded to the hilt with features and runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo). With the Samsung Galaxy 3 and LG Optimus One P500 already ruling the Android segment in the same price range and coupled with the drop in price of the feature-rich Samsung Galaxy Ace means that Acer is treading on thin ice (pun unintended). Will the Liquid Mini be able to hold its own among established players are the question we are asking in the review?
Features & Specs
Acer Liquid Mini sports a 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen higher than the Galaxy 3 or the Optimus One P500. But such a big screen demands good resolution. The Liquid Mini has a resolution of 320x480 and displays only 256 colours. It has a 600MHz processor ARM 11 processor, Adreno 200 GPU and the most impressive feature of the lot is the 512MB RAM. It comes with quite a few colourful back panel options for example pink and glitzy blue which might attract the younger lot.
The phone runs on Android 2.2 and the upgrade to 2.3 (as quoted by Acer) wasn’t available at the time of this review. You have the option of choosing between Acer’s custom Android UI and vanilla Android 2.2 UI. The box contains a very comprehensive bundle including a charger, microUSB cable, earphones, 2GB memory card and surprisingly a very comfortable leather pouch.
A 3.5mm jack is provided for your earphones and a microUSB port to connect to a PC. The memory card slot supports memory cards up to 32GB.
The battery life of Android phones has always been a disappointment and Acer Liquid Mini is no different.
The social jogger app
Apart from the regular Android apps Acer has bundled a few more apps like nemoplayer-for music, photos and videos and social jogger- which lets you access your Facebook (updates) and Twitter (timeline) using a spinning wheel to browse through integrated feeds. I found the social jogger app a cool addition to the extra apps.