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Acer Liquid Glow review



Over time, Acer has proven that it is truly capable of producing noteworthy mobile computers. Just one look at its currently available range of tablets will tell you that Acer knows how to assemble the good stuff. So its tablet offerings are pretty remarkable. Can the same be said about its mobile phone offerings, like the Acer Liquid Glow?

The Acer Liquid Glow kind of feels like an outsider to the whole Android smartphone industry. It has a rather odd-sized screen at 3.7-inches, and is limited to just 512MB of RAM even though its default operating system is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. If you’re out for sheer power, you may want to avert your eyes. Of course, the Glow is much more than just another Android smartphone with a half-gig of RAM under the hood.

At least it has a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A processor, and comes with numerous wireless features like GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 3.0. It even comes with a 5-megapixel camera that has an LED flash for use in taking pictures in dark environments. Since it runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by default, it would be no surprise if Acer decides to roll out an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for users of the handset. That should help it make better use of the other hardware features onboard and improve power management for the included 1300 mAh battery.

That’s the problem with the phone, however. Since it’s going to be running the very latest versions of the Android software, it needs to be fitted with powerful innards. It may look nice, and the 1GHz processor may be able to handle the workload at first, but there’s no telling how long it will be able to keep up. With a quick look at what kind of options the competition is offering, the choice might become clear: spend money on something else.

Need To Know: Acer Liquid Glow

1. Runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by default and might be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in the future. (The Good)

2. Comes equipped with a 5-megapixel camera that has a built-in LED flash. (The Good)

3. The touchscreen display is relatively small and low-resolution, considering it will be running a version of Android that has been optimized for HD screens. (The Bad)

4. Low RAM and weak processor may fail user expectations when it comes to performance. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
3.7"
Camera
5+ MP



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Screen Size
3.7"

The Acer Liquid Glow's screen size is 3.7 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM7227A 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1300 mAh battery.

Liquid Glow Specs

Overview
Release date August 15, 2012
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
GSM:
900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm MSM7227A 1 GHz
Internal Storage No
RAM 512 MB
ROM 1 GB
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.816 W/kg
Body: 0.959 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1300 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White, Pink
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.7 x 5.8 x 1.1 cm (4.6 x 2.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 125 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (UFB)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 252 pixels
Size 3.7 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry XT9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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