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Acer Liquid S2 review

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Acer Liquid S2 screen

The 6in smartphone has impressive screen quality and processing power, but is let down by its battery.

Pros:

Great screen, smooth performance, eye-catching design, up to 128GB of expandable storage, decent camera.

Cons:

Poor battery life, only 16GB internal storage, will be too big for some, runs Google's older Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS.

Overall Rating:

3 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £429

In the face of competition from big firms such as Samsung, Sony and HTC, Acer is attempting to carve a space in the smartphone arena with the Acer Liquid S2. Going up against the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and HTC One Max, we see if this high-end, large-screen handset can gain the firm some traction in the market.

Design
The first thing that will catch your eye about the Liquid S2 is, of course, its size. Even by phablet standards the Liquid S2 is a large phone, measuring 166x86x9mm and weighing 229g. Given its size, the Acer Liquid S2 can be hard to grasp comfortably, and we think that even those with large hands will struggle to use the handset's large 6in screen one-handed.

That said, the Acer Liquid S2 isn't an unattractive device. We got our hands on the metallic red model, which certainly will turn heads on the street and stand out from the throng of black and white smartphones lining store shelves. There are some eye-catching design touches too, such as the circular flash around the rear-facing camera lens.

Acer Liquid S2 in Red design

We found the design rather busy, though, with the Liquid S2 surrounded by ports and holes, none of which are labelled, which makes the device difficult to get to grips with at first. The capacitive keys under the display are different to those you typically find on an Android smartphone, although we soon got familiar with them.

Screen
The Acer Liquid S2 has a 6in 1080x1920 in-plane switching (IPS) LCD touchscreen with a pixel density of 368ppi. As you'd expect from its full HD resolution, images and text are exceptionally crisp, and while its pixel density is slightly less than those of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and HTC One Max, the Acer Liquid S2's display gives its rivals a run for their money.

We found the screen brightness levels somewhat disappointing, but thanks to the on-board IPS technology the Liquid S2 is well suited to outdoor use and its viewing angles are above average.

Next: Performance and software

Battery 3,300mAh
Camera
13MP rear-facing camera with ring flash, 2MP front-facing
Connectivity GSM/EDGE/HSPA+/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
Dimensions
166x86x9mm
Display
6in 1080x1920 HD IPS LCD touchscreen
Memory
2GB RAM
Operating system Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system
Ports Micro USB, headphone jack
Processor Quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Storage
16GB internal storage expandable via micro SD card up to 128GB
Weight 229g

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Carly Page joined The INQUIRER as News Editor in April 2012. Before becoming a full-time geek, Carly studied Journalism at the University of Lincoln, and dabbled in the music journalism industry. Carly's main coverage areas include mobile devices, mobile software, telecoms, mobile operators, social networks and anything Breaking Bad related.

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