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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

The battery in the Acer CloudMobile S500 is rather on the small side, at 1460mAh. To put that into perspective, the similarly priced Samsung Galaxy Nexus comes with a 1750mAh battery, and we weren't exactly bowled over by that.

With that in mind, it's no surprise that the Acer CloudMobile S500 fails to deliver on the battery front. We were regularly reaching for the charger halfway through the day, and heavy 3G use can run the battery down in just a few hours.

Acer CloudMobile S500 review

Acer hasn't published what the battery duration is for calls or standby, but it's not likely to be very impressive for either. Doing anything on the phone drained its battery fast, and if you plan on anything more than light use you'd be advised to carry a charger with you.

For a phone that seems aimed at business users, this is all the more disappointing, since you really can't afford to run out of juice if you're relying on your phone for work.

Acer CloudMobile S500 review

In our own battery test we fully charged the phone, turned the screen to full brightness, put Wi-Fi on, turned on push notifications on all email accounts and social networks, and then ran a 90 minute video.

By the end the battery had dropped to 56%. That amounts to just over three hours of video on one charge, which just isn't good enough.

Sure you can extend that by turning the brightness down, but it's still a poor performance compared to most of its competitors.

On the connectivity front, the phone gives you Wi-Fi b/g/n, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, micro USB 2.0, NFC, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot support.

Acer CloudMobile S500 review

It's a good selection of options, and they're all pretty easy to set up. Combined with its cloud support, it gives you about as much connectivity choice as you could hope for in a package this size.

Connecting the handset to a PC is a simple case of plugging it in with a micro USB to USB cable. Once done, it mounts itself as a drive and you can just drag and drop media on and off the phone.

If you're using a microSD card then another option is to remove it from the phone and plug that into the PC, which again enables you to access it like a hard drive.

Of course, plenty of things can be downloaded straight onto the handset from Google Play and other sources, while many cloud services are supported too.

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