Acer Liquid E2 review

£149
Price when reviewed

Acer smartphones aren’t a common sight in the mobile-phone emporia of this country, but if you look hard enough you’ll find outlets carrying the handsets. We found Pixmania stocking the Liquid E2 SIM-free, and Three carrying it on contract.

Is it worth hunting it down, though? It’s no looker, even compared to other budget smartphones. The pair of circular metal speaker grilles on the rear look out of place, and the pearlescent finish, white screen surround at the front, and curvy red swoosh at the top give the phone a bargain-bucket look.

Acer Liquid E2

There’s plenty here to get your teeth stuck into, however. Its IPS display measures 4.5in and has a resolution of 540 x 960. It’s certainly impressive, although it can’t match the 720p displays of the Alcatel Onetouch Idol S or the Motorola Moto G.

The 4GB of storage is frugal, but this can be added to via the phone’s microSD slot. There’s also an 8-megapixel camera with flash, a quad-core processor and a large 2,000mAh battery. There’s no 4G, dual-band Wi-Fi or NFC, though.

Performance is mostly good. The IPS display isn’t the brightest, but a good level of contrast means images are punchy. Likewise, the quad-core processor delivers a solid set of benchmark results. Battery life is up with the best Android handsets; with an average drain of 15% per hour across our 3G audio, video and gaming tests, it beats even the Moto G. The camera produces balanced, in-focus and crisp images most of the time, too.

Acer Liquid E2

It falls significantly short when it comes to gaming capabilities, however. In the GFXBench T-Rex HD test, it achieved an average frame rate of 7.1fps – less than half the rate of the Sony Xperia L and the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3. Despicable Me: Minion Rush was far from smooth. Plus, the speakers distort at top volume.

The Acer Liquid E2 is a mixed bag. In most respects, it’s a competent Android smartphone with good battery life and a decent camera. However, its ugly design and sluggish gaming performance are difficult to forgive, especially since it’s more expensive than both the Moto G and Alcatel Onetouch Idol S.

Details

Contract monthly charge £17.00
Contract period 24 months
Contract provider Three

Physical

Dimensions 68 x 11.1 x 131mm (WDH)
Weight 140g

Core Specifications

RAM capacity 1.00GB
Camera megapixel rating 8.0mp
Front-facing camera? yes
Video capture? yes

Display

Screen size 4.5in
Resolution 540 x 960

Other wireless standards

Bluetooth support yes
Integrated GPS yes

Software

OS family Android

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