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Acer Liquid Mini review

The Acer Liquid Mini is a mid-range Android 2.2 handset with nothing really new on offer

Our Verdict

The Acer Liquid Mini is a middle of the road Android smartphone with little to distinguish it from the rest. The more we see the quirky Android skin, though, the more it grows on us.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 512 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 8 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 320

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For

  • Responsive screen
  • Nice colours
  • Side button for camera
  • Picks up Facebook and Twitter contacts
  • FM radio

Against

  • Battery could be better
  • Small screen makes text entry tricky
  • Quirky Android skin
  • Camera lacks a flash
  • Never synced our Twitter contacts

Acer's Liquid Mini is yet another smartphone running Android. Yeah, Yeah, we know. Been there. Done that. Well, hold on, though. This is a £199 smartphone, so it might appeal to tightwad... those on a budget.

It's small in size so it is good for those who don't want a huge device. And it sports Acer's bespoke Android skin, which is helpful for some people, not so good for others.

The user interface is very similar to that we've already seen on the rather more expensive Liquid Metal, which is currently selling for around £299, and the multimedia-friendly Stream, currently going for rather less at around £240. In price terms the Liquid Mini sits more comfortably against the likes of the LG Optimus One.

The Acer Liquid Mini is available in five different colours, and these have fancy names: royal blue, piano black, lime green, jet silver, light pink. The colour relates to the backplate and long edges. The top and bottom edges are always silver, the front black.

Acer liquid mini

The top and bottom edges are curved slightly, and while this has no effect on usability, it does make for a slightly unusual appearance. That's just as well since, in general, the Acer Liquid Mini looks very familiar.

Under the screen there are four touch buttons for Home, Back, Menu and Search functions. Unlike in some more expensive Android smartphones, these aren't dimmed out when the screen is off. They're always present, though a bright white backlight does kick in when the screen is turned on.

Acer liquid mini

Three of the edges contain buttons and connectors, but the left long edge is entirely blank. On the right sits a pair of volume buttons and a shortcut for the five-megapixel camera. On the top is the power switch and a 3.5mm headset connector. The bottom has a micro-USB slot.

The plastic backplate has a soft finish, which makes it feel comfy in the hand and helps with grip.

Acer liquid mini

The OS of choice is Android 2.2, and you'll find GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and HSDPA all lurking under the hood.

Acer liquid mini

Cost savings have come into play in the choice of a fairly low-spec 600MHz Qualcomm 7227 processor, relatively low 480 x 320 screen resolution and shortage of built-in storage at 512MB. But you get a 2GB microSD card, and at least the screen is capacitive, and Acer has thrown a protective sleeve into the box.

Acer liquid mini

On the whole, then, it seems Acer has made some compromises to meet its price point. The question we have to ask is, are they the right ones?

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 Memory512 MB
Built-in FlashNo
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value0.47 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameAcer
Battery Talk Time8 Hour
Product ModelE310 Liquid mini
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)108 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution720 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Messaging TypeMMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Instant Messaging, Email, SMS (Short Message Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height110.4 mm
Width57.5 mm
Depth13 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time400 Hour
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product NameE310 Liquid mini Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberXP.H86EN.007
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

Mini in size, maxi in performance

The subtle curves meet the beautiful chrome edges, wrapped in a soft touch casing formed to fit in your hand perfectly. You will be just as amazed that we managed to pack so many features into this charming Android smartphone running on Google's Android 2.2 operating system, this phone is nothing short of remarkable.

Five different flavors

Your smartphone isn't just a communication device; it reflects a part of your personality, which is why the liquid mini is offered in five color options. Pick between Royal Blue, Jet Silver, Light Pink, Lime Green and Piano Black colors. You're spoilt for choice when picking out your Liquid Mini.

Package Contents
  • E310 Liquid mini Smartphone
  • AC Adapter
  • 2GB microSD Card
  • Battery
  • Quick Guide
  • USB Cable
  • Headset