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Acer Liquid Z5 review

8.3/10 AVG.
RATING



8.3/10
Informr score
The Acer Liquid Z5 currently has an Informr score of 8.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Eye-catching design
  • Large touchscreen display
  • Expandable memory via microSD

What's bad

  • Low screen resolution
  • Limited amount of RAM
  • Limited amount of on-board storage space
  • Runs dated version of Android

What is the Acer Liquid Z5? According to Andrew Williams of Trusted Reviews, it’s an “affordable phone with a big screen.” And just how big is it exactly? It uses a 5-inch display with a screen resolution of 854x480 pixels, so it’s pretty big for most people.

Looks-wise, it's not half bad. Jamie Rigg from Engadget says that while its not revolutionary in design, "at 8.8mm thick with a plastic unibody, it's not horribly unattractive.”

The phone falls in the budget category, a fact made obvious by the rather modest hardware specs. Its main features include a dual-core processor running at 1.3GHz, a rather paltry 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash. 

One other interesting hardware feature worth mention is the Rapid button, located at the back, which can be used to issue simple commands like unlocking the screen with a single press.

Its software, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, is now a somewhat dated version of the Android operating system.

So what's the verdict?

As Carly Page from The Inquirer says, "its low resolution screen and lack of standout features means that its unlikely to convince buyers." In a world where other phone makers are releasing similarly-priced models with overall better features, Acer's Z5 clearly has its work cut out for it.


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


What the Critics Are Saying...


Beta News

Acer has come up with a low-cost 5in handset in the Liquid Z5, and one with a neat chassis design, too.

- Sandra Vogel, Beta News
Pocket-lint

The Acer Liquid Z5 is great value for money, offering a plenty of tech alongside a big display for under £100. It brings some brilliant features with it too, including decent battery life, a great Float interface for multi-tasking, as well as the Quick Mode profiles which make it a fantastic d...

- Britta O'Boyle, Pocket-lint
Digital Versus

The Liquid Z5 Duo left us with mixed impressions.

- Axel Mendy, Digital Versus
Notebookcheck

Do buyers of a 170 Euros (~$234) smartphone have to be frustration-resistant? Very likely, because Acer's Liquid Z5 comes with a few major points of criticism that should be considered before purchase. The performance is decent and quite suitable for routine use. However, it also occasionally causes...

- Florian Wimmer, Notebookcheck


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Screen Size
5"

The Acer Liquid Z5's screen size is 5 inches with 480 x 854 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3 GHz

There is a Dual core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

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

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2000 mAh battery.

Liquid Z5 Specs

Overview
Release date January 23, 2014
Regions available Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

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Processor Dual core 1.3 GHz
Internal Storage 4 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.303 W/kg
Body: 0.367 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headset, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 20.8 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Essential White, Gentle Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.6 x 7.3 x 0.9 cm (5.8 x 2.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 147 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels
Pixel density 196 pixels
Size 5 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 Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
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 Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
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 Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
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
Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, HDR, Exposure, Scene mode, Zero shutter delay
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
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
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Acer Z150

Also available in a dual-SIM model.

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