Press Release: January 29, 2010
On the surface, Acer certainly seem to have ticked all the boxes. The Android donut operating system is installed as standard (version 1.6). The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8250 768MHz processor is ideally partnered to this. A microSD slot provides the option to upgrade the Liquid A1s 256MB of internal RAM to 32GB. HSDPA connectivity allows fast downloading of content through 3G networks at speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps, as well as Wifi connectivity.
As expected, a variety of media formats are supported, including mp3 and mp4 playback. The 3.5 TFT touch screen (480 X 800 pixels) is certainly responsive, and allows for seamless menu navigation and allows for comfortable use of its applications. The screens capability to display up to 256,000 colours provides a crystal clear, vivid user experience. For the snap happy amongst you, the Liquid A1 boasts a respectable 5MP digital camera with high speed autofocus. This also provides video capture at VGA quality (20 frames per second).
Social Networking fans are certainly well catered for, with automatic status notifications from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Picasa and Flickr. Options to directly upload photos and videos to YouTube and Flickr are certainly a nice touch. There are certainly no excuses for letting your productivity slide, with Acer Sync. This is a syncing alternative that allows the Liquid A1 to sync with any windows PC over the same WiFi network. Although not available at the time of launch, Acer's App Store will certainly give user's a chance to customize their units with an undoubtedly vast array of apps. Only question is, will it match the might of Apple's offerings in it's beloved App Store? Probably not, but this reviewer has a feeling Acer will certainly give it a good go.
Acer have certainly crafted an impressive looking phone in the Liquid A1. By no means a small unit, the manufacturer has certainly captured the marriage of simplicity and functionality which seems to define todays smartphone market. Available in a sophisticated selection of black, white and red, all tastes are sure to be catered for.
Like it or not, these days every new Smartphone to hit the market is going to be compared to Apple's iPhone. So what's the verdict? Well, it certainly parallels Apple's iconic iPhone in it's appearance, though one can't help but think it somehow lacks the same originality in it's ease of use, whilst remaining a powerful one-stop solution for almost any imaginable application, be it for business or personal use alike.
The Acer Liquid A1 certainly offers a sound alternative in a category dominated by Apples iPhone, and is sure to turn heads, both for its looks and its abundance of technology.
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