Acer is better known as one of the best brands for making laptops but now the company is struggling to achieve the same success in the smartphone world. The company has launched many high-end and mid-ranged Android smartphones. The Acer Liquid Z2 is one of Acer's mid-ranged smartphones. The device comes up with a 3.5 inch display and a single core processor and it comes up with Android Jelly Bean. The Acer Liquid Z2 proves that Android Jelly Bean experience can be enjoyed on a budget handset. It's very unlikely to see a mid-rannged handset with Android Jelly Bean. Well does this make the Acer Liquid Z2 a budget star ? Let's find out !
Acer Liquid Z2 comes up with a 3.5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with 256K colors. The graphics and text on the display are not quite sharp but the screen is fairly bright and the colors are well represented. The viewing angles on the screen are tight. When you slightly tilt the handset in the downward direction then then the display goes dim. On the other hand the screen is quite responsive, users will gain a smooth experience while navigating through homescreens and etc. Reading small text on the display can be challenging but no need to worry as the pinch to zoom feature on the device is quite snappy. On the top of the screen you have an Acer logo and an earpiece and below you have the capacitive keys. The top of the device is the home to the power key and the 3.5mm headphone jack. Below the device there lies the micro-USB port. You will find the volume rocker key on the left hand side. On the back you will find the 3MP camera with no flash, an Acer logo and a speaker grill as well. The back cover is removable, this is an advantage as you can keep a spare battery and replace it with the other one whenever needed. The device is powered by a 1GHz single core Snapdragon processor. The device offers 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. The internal storage offered is low but there's a microSD card slot available on the Liquid Z2 and you can extemd your memory upto 32GB. The device is 12.3mm thick and it weighs only 110g.
Acer Liquid Z2 runs on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean which is practically a recent version of Google's OS. This is quite impressive as most of the mid-ranged smartphones come up with older software to save costs. Acer has not quite customized anything as like the other companies do. The lockscreen has been tweaked, you can directly launch any one of four apps from the lockscreen. Overall, the UI is quite fast and simple. You have access to thousands of apps from the play store and Google's movies services too.The Swype keyboard is available on the device. The Swype feature allows you to drag your finger from one alphabet to the other to form words. The internet browsing experience is satisfactory with the default web browser. The camera app is good. The 3MP camera is not going to challenge the 8MP camera but it's good enough to give a general impression. There's no flash available so you can't take photos in the dark. You can't make video calls over Skype as there's no front facing camera available.
There are many fast Quad core phones available out there with HD cameras and large displays but your little daughter or your grandmother doesn't need those phones. Most of you need phones from which you can check Facebook from time to time and browse the internet and handle your daily tasks. If you are on of these people then the Acer Liquid Z2 is definitely one of the best options for you. You can enjoy smooth Android Jelly Bean experience, gaming and watching video clips on Youtube. The device has a 1300 mAh battery which can live upto 4 hours of talktime and 450 hours of standby mode.
|Platform||Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean|
|Wi-Fi||Yes 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Screen Size||3.5 inches|
|Camera Pixel||3 MP|
|Processor Type||1 GHz Single core Snapdragon|
|Color Display||Yes 256 K colors|
|Resolution||320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi)|
|Bluetooth||Yes v 3.0|
|Internal Memory||4 GB|
|Expandable Memory||Yes upto 32 GB|
|USB||Yes microUSB v 2.0|
|Talk Time||up to 4 hours|
|Standby Time||up to 450 hours|
|Dimension||110 x 62.5 x 12.3 mm|