- Eye-catching design
- Large touchscreen display
- Expandable memory via microSD
- 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.
Reviews (8.3/10 Avg. rating)
A fair proposition for those looking for a large scale screen on a budget
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 device for those unfamiliar with the full complexities of the Android operating system.
But it simultaneously fails to stand out among a strong crowd. There's no 4G connectivity, the 5-inch screen might sound great but sacrifices resolution and viewing angles for the sake of size and so... Full review
You get what you pay for
The chassis design certainly looks as though some thought has been put into it. It isn’t great that you can very clearly see the join between back and front of the handset, and on my review sample the flap protecting the microSD card slot on the left edge of the phone was not a particularly good fit. This just goes to show that design is one thing, manufacturing another.
On the software front Acer has implemented something it calls Quick Mode. This is a bit like the Simple mode in the Huawei Ascend Y530, but way more complex. Quick Mode is actually several modes -- basic mode,... Full review
Neither terrible nor amazing
Acer may not have revolutionised smartphone design with the Liquid Z5, but was able to give it a stylish, unique body that's well manufactured. The two ostensible speakers—as we'll see further down, it's actually just one speaker—are an original visual touch. Acer gave the phone an LED for notifications (battery, incoming texts, etc.), always a welcome addition.
We like the way the phone feels in the hand, thanks in large part to the quality plastic used on the frame. It weighs 150 grams, but doesn't feel abnormally heavy, as the weight is well distributed. The physical... Full review
Apps run unstably, crash or don't even start
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 waiting times when booting, and it stutters in the menu. We deducted 3% from the final score because apps recurrently crash. This might be eliminated with a software update though. Nevertheless, games like Iron Man 3, which is a rather speedy 3D game, run satisfactorily in the screen's resolutio... Full review
Fun & simple
It does the job nice and smooth.
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Manuals / User Guides
- Acer Liquid Z5 Manual (PDF)
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