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Acer Liquid S2 review

6in phablet's screen quality and power impresses, but running older Jelly Bean version of Android
Mon Mar 24 2014, 11:21

Product Acer Liquid S2
Website Acer
Specifications 6in 1080x1920 HD IPS LCD touchscreen display, quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage expandable via microSD card up to 128GB, 13MP rear-facing camera with ring flash, 2MP front-facing camera, GSM/EDGE/HSPA+/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, microUSB port, headphone jack, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, 3,300mAh battery, 166x86x9mm, 206g
Price £429 SIM-free


PC MAKER Acer isn't a big name in smartphones, with the firm struggling to gain much traction due to competition from Samsung, Sony and HTC, which continue to dominate the Android smartphone market.

The firm is looking to change that with the Acer Liquid S2, a high-end phablet device that challenges the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and HTC One Max.

Design
The first thing that will catch your eye about the Liquid S2 is of course its size. Even by phablet standards the Liquid S2 is a large phone, measuring 166x86x9mmmm and weighing 206g. Given its size, the Acer Liquid S2 can be hard to grasp comfortably, and we think that even those with large hands will struggle to use the handset's large 6in screen one-handedly.

That said, the Acer Liquid S2 isn't an unattractive device. We got our hands on the metallic red model, which certainly will turn heads on the street and stand out from the throng of black and white smartphones lining store shelves. There are some eye-catching design touches too, such as the circular flash around the rear-facing camera lens.

Acer Liquid S2 in Red design

We found the design rather busy, though, with the Liquid S2 surrounded by ports and holes, none of which are labelled, which makes the device difficult to get to grips with at first. The capacitive keys under the display are different than those you typically find on an Android smartphone, although we soon got familiar with them.

Screen
The Acer Liquid S2 has a 6in 1080x1920 IPS LCD touchscreen with a pixel density of 368ppi. As you'd expect from its Full HD resolution, images and text are exceptionally crisp, and while its pixel density is slightly less than those of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and HTC One Max, the Acer Liquid S2's display gives its rivals a run for their money.

Acer Liquid S2 screen

We did find the screen brightness levels somewhat disappointing, but thanks to the onboard IPS technology it is well suited to outdoor use and its viewing angles are above average.

Next: Performance, software.

 

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