Acer Liquid Metal is Acer’s latest attempt at smartphone and Android market. Acer Liquid metal costs Rs. 20990 in India and should hit a sweet spot for consumers who wants to try something new. Acer Liquid Metal will be the fourth Android phone from Acer after two beTouch phones and Acer Liquid. Acer Liquid Metal is a decent phone priced rightly and should give HTC Desire and Samsung SL i9003 some tough competition.
A 3.6 inch capacitive touch screen with 480×800, lits the display of Liquid Metal. The phone is nicely designed with four buttons on the front and a nice steel finish at the back. Liquid Metal is powered by 800 MHz Qualcomm processor, 512 MB RAM and expandable memory slot of 32 GB. Liquid Metal can hold up to 11 hours of talk time on a 2G network and a standby time of 22 days. 5 Megapixel camera with flash will let you leave your digital camera back home.
Connectivity options on a high-end phone like Liquid Metal are a given. It has GPS, 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth. Music player and video player are on-board and there’s no mention of FM Radio.
Acer Liquid Metal though runs Android 2.2, it has been skinned by Acer. The customization called as Breeze. It’s the UI from Acer to differentiate in the mad Android world. Nothing wrong with that and the chatter in the blogosphere is, Breeze is good and could get a while to get used to it for Android connoisseur. I am sure with a little tweak the skins can all be customized or even ported to 2.3.
Comparison : Acer Liquid Metal vs HTC Desire
Acer Liquid Metal fits in the 20k-25k price range and competes with HTC Desire, Motorola Milestone, HTC Legend and HTC Hero. Legend and Hero are older phones and have lesser processing speeds. Motorola Milestone has Touch+QWERTY factor which makes it hard to compare with Liquid Metal. The only real comparison of Acer Liquid Metal can go with HTC Desire. HTC Desire has a 1 GHz processor and 576 MB RAM which are slightly better than Acer Liquid Metal, on paper. Battery life comparison isn’t appropriate because we don’t have the numbers for Acer Liquid Metal on 3G networks.
These comparisons are on paper and the real scenario might look something different. Acer is a still a tyro in to the smartphone market. It has 4 phones to its credit and we are not sure how well they are doing. HTC on the other hand has been selling smartphones ever since India got the whiff of smartphones. HTC Desire might just be a better bet than Acer Liquid Metal. I am just saying.
PS : With Acer Liquid Metal we might be three phones away from 50th Android phone in the country.