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Acer CloudMobile S500 review

Will this cloud-connected phone do enough to win us over?

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 6.50 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 720
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Stunning screen
  • Great for video
  • Good build quality
  • Impressive audio
  • Fast and powerful

Against

  • Disappointing cloud features
  • Only 8GB internal storage
  • Poor contacts system
  • Not stylish
  • Poor battery

Acer CloudMobile S500 review

In addition to 3G and Wi-Fi b/g/n, the Acer CloudMobile S500 can be used as a Wi-Fi hotspot.

It's impressively fast too, loading mobile optimised pages in around three seconds and desktop sites in around six seconds over Wi-Fi.

It takes roughly a couple of seconds longer in each case to load over 3G.

It uses the stock Android browser, which will be familiar to a lot of people, but experiencing it on the Acer CloudMobile S500 still manages to impress.

Sites are readable even when zoomed out, thanks to the incredibly sharp screen.

You can pinch or double-tap the screen to zoom and pages don't lose any of their crispness when zoomed in.

It makes browsing on the handset very pleasant and minimises the chance of eye strain.

Acer CloudMobile S500 review

The Acer CloudMobile S500's screen is a decent size for browsing too, and the accurate keyboard ensures that it's a breeze to enter web addresses and post to social networks.

The browser also supports text reflow, so wherever possible pages will be resized to fit the screen.

When in the browser you'll find an address bar at the top, and to the right of that is a button that takes you to a display of all your open windows, enabling you to switch between them, close unwanted ones or open new ones.

At the far right there's a drop-down menu with options to access your bookmarks, bookmark the current page, save the page for offline reading, share the page or access the settings screen.

There's also an option from here to wirelessly print pages with Acer Print if you have a compatible printer.

Acer CloudMobile S500 review

The Acer CloudMobile S500's settings screen contains a wealth of options, from remembering form data, to clearing cookies, to changing your home page and enabling plug-ins.

The bookmarks screen displays thumbnails of all your bookmarks, along with your browsing history and any saved pages.

Bookmarks can also be synced to your Google account, making them accessible on other devices.

All in all, the browser is accessible and intuitive.

If you don't get on with it, there are always other options available on Google Play. But whatever browser you go with, the Acer CloudMobile S500 handles web browsing well.

Pages load quickly, text and images are pin sharp and the screen is a good size for viewing them on.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, GPRS
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyCloudMobile
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameAcer
Battery Talk Time6.50 Hour
Product ModelS500
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Weight (Approximate)125 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Call FeaturesCall Log
Height127 mm
Width65.8 mm
Depth9.9 mm
Radio TunerNo
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product NameCloudMobile S500 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineCloudMobile
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeDigital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, G-sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberHM.HAQEK.001
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

Leading design

The award-winning design DNA of its predecessors is well represented in the latest Liquid S Series. It features subtle yet ergonomic curves that look stylish and feel just right. The premium materials and pleasing textures are irresistible.

Vivid view

The Liquid S Series provides a large screen with the highest resolution for its size. Its sharp view makes everything look as real as the hand you're using to hold it. The response of the touch experience is better than can be imagined; your finger feels attached to the screen while swiping.

Limited Warranty2 Year