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Acer Liquid Mini review

Niall Magennis

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Summary

Our Score:

7

Pros

  • Low-ish price tag
  • Good battery life
  • Decent camera

Cons

  • Small, low-resolution screen
  • Slower processor

Key Features

  • Smaller form factor
  • 5-megapixel camera
  • Android V2.2
  • Manufacturer: Acer
  • Review Price: free/subscription

There seems to be a trend to create smartphones that boast ever-larger screens with models like the HTC Desire HD and Samsung Galaxy S. However, unless you have gorilla-sized hands, these phones can be uncomfortable to use. With the Liquid Mini, Acer is swimming against the tide as this phone has a much smaller form factor that relies on a 3.2in screen. The smaller screen means the phone fits snugly in your hand, but the question is, does it compromise the phone’s user friendliness?

The Liquid Mini looks very much like a shrunken version of Acer’s larger Liquid E handset that we reviewed back in January. Like that model, the battery cover is nicely curved at the edges and this, combined with the phone’s narrower width, make it feel very comfortable to hold. Acer offers the phone in five different colours: blue, pink, green, black and silver. We had the silver one in for review and the silver paint job used on the battery cover and sides blended in nicely with the chrome detailing on the top and bottom of the phone. And while many of Acer’s handsets have come across as being a bit flimsy, the Mini really does feel very solid and well bolted together.

Acer Liquid Mini

Along with the standard array of Android touch buttons below the screen there’s also a physical power button at the top of the phone that doubles as a lock switch. Down the right-hand side, is a pair of volume controls, joined by a dedicated camera button -- something that’s becoming a rare sight on today’s mobiles. The bottom of the Mini houses a micro-USB port that’s used for both syncing and charging, and at the top of the handset there’s a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

Acer Liquid Mini

Generally, on cheaper handsets such as this one, manufacturers make big compromises when it comes to the camera – usually by opting for cheap 2- or 3-megapixel sensors. However, Acer has bucked this trend, as on the Mini you’ll find a 5-megapixel snapper peeping out from the top of the battery cover. The camera certainly has its failings. There’s no flash, for example, and it lacks autofocus. There’s also quite a bit of shutter lag. However, on the plus side, images are surprisingly sharp and it captures good, strong natural looking colours. And despite the lack of the flash, indoor shots under low light don’t actually look too bad, as the sensor does a decent job of keeping noise under control.

Sadly, when it comes to video, the Mini can only capture footage at a maximum resolution of 720 x 480 pixels, so it lacks the HD prowess of higher-end phones from the likes of HTC and Samsung. Video also looks a little bit rough around the edges and there’s plenty of blocking and jerkiness when there's lots of movement in the frame.

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Ian Yates

April 21, 2011, 1:55 pm

"512MB of ROM for storing files"
Is it some kind of Acer practical joke?

/pedant

AHYL88

April 21, 2011, 3:20 pm

Seems a very nice phone that I would like to get but it won't be all that simple because its problem is the Orange San Francisco. On paper, while the Liquid Mini beats that for its camera and OS (Version 2.2), the San Francisco has a better resolution screen and is just less than half the price now of the Liquid Mini...

Chrispynutt

April 21, 2011, 3:28 pm

Two Points:

1) 'Settings>Applications>User Interface>Android UI' no more Breeze UI
2) 512MB of Rom + MicroSD (Standard 2GB) (Max 32GB) = Total amount of storage space (Standard 2.5GB) (Max 32.5GB)

Tony Hawk

June 19, 2013, 4:48 pm

I have bought an acer liquidmini 3G S.0 from Vodafone in Italy, it never worked, the internal screen functions were corrupted, and from the very start started to jam, did not open, or load up. I took back to Vodafone for my money back, and they gave me a merry go round, they returned to me and worked for few hours, and then the internal screen showed an internal pictured breaking.... it is my understanding that it had from the start an internal screen circuit corruption, that is why jammed and did not load up, or failed to open up, but they said that I dropped it, when I never did, they were very good in find all kind of excuses as I was an electronic stupid ignorant, to not talk to the swindle fraud of their warranty assistance centers, a total rip off and fraud. I am very mad at Vodafone for how they treat their costumers as they are stupids, their set up it is a fraud because that phone by the evidences of the facts had to be refurnished and they had to just give my money back. I do not advice anyone to deal with them, at list in Italy. It is a shame because I do like acer products, unfortunately Vodafone in Italy is run by incompetents swindlers, who do not hesitate to sell you faulty products, do not deal with them, they are greedy swindlers and con artists who deserve jail time or to be put out of busyness.

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