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Review: Acer Liquid E

updated 05:40 pm EDT, Sun June 20, 2010

Acer 50-dollar Android phone reviewed

Acer is still very much a newcomer to the smartphone arena, but it has been quickly gaining the same reputation it has with computers: cheap but powerful devices for those who like the speed but not the usual price tag. The Liquid E is perhaps the most tempting example: Android 2.1 plus a Snapdragon chip in one of the cheapest contract smartphones should be a promise of success. We'll learn in our Liquid E review if it proves to be a potent cocktail for challenging rivals or if it's sacrificing too much to reach its goals.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008

    -4

    The Android smartphone race to the bottom is

    starting to hit stride. It was inevitable. A free OS on a really cheap smartphone. This is the third-world dream phone. The poorest people in the poorest countries will be able to walk around with an Android smartphone in their pockets. Hopefully, those users will be able to get affordable carrier rates to go along with their bargain basement smartphones. I'm not sure where these manufacturers are going to cut corners to produce such a cheap smartphone, but it'll likely be all plastic with the cheapest components money can buy. I only hope they're not going to call this c*** a threat to the iPhone. One thing for sure, Google will be sitting pretty with 70 or 80 million of these "bargain phones" to deliver ads to. The clientele won't be rich, but they'll sure be plentiful. There'll be no stopping the tremendous Android growth numbers with smartphones like these on the rise.

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008

    +3

    One more thing to add...

    I'm pretty sure this landmark smartphone ends any chance of Windows Phone 7 grabbing back any consumers. Microsoft's mobile comeback is finished.

  1. aristotles

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: Jul 2004

    -2

    Jittery Video recording caused by poor software

    That phone should have enough hardware power to record 640X480 at 30fps without any jitter or tearing but it is present in the demo videos. The lack of optimization of the android drivers and platform is to blame here. Android has a long way to go before it can match iOS performance let alone having a competitive UI and app store.

  1. chas_m

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    No competition

    to the iPhone, just competition to the other Android phones (and perhaps, as iphonerulez noted, continuing to squeeze MS out of the phone space).

    Well done review, very thorough (could teach the boys at c|net a thing or two), but my gawd that thing is fugly. You really forget how much looks matter until you look at someone else's phone. The only attractive thing about it really is the price.

  1. tonton

    Senior User

    Joined: Mar 2001

    -4

    Liquid E? Sounds about right...

    You'd have to be on some sort of sketchy drug to choose this phone over an iPhone 4.

  1. @okli

    Banned

    Joined: Apr 2010

    -3

    Liquid E-poo poo

    your comment

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