Acer is extending its range of smartphones with the Acer Liquid Express – But will it live up to other premium smartphones?
Following on from the launch of Acer’s first Liquid smartphone equipped with Android, Acer’s latest model is the company’s first NFC-equipped device. For those of you unaware of what NFC is abbreviated for, it is Near Field Technology, which is basically technology designed to make life easier and more convenient for consumers around the world – Isn’t that what all modern technology is striving to create?
Convenience, nonetheless, is a staple of the Acer Liquid Express, which, according to Acer, “has been designed with your comfort in mind.” This ‘convenience’ is achieved by the ‘contactless’ technology embedded in the smartphone, which adapts to its users’ requirements by reading NFC tags or targets, identification, virtualisation of loyalty or payment cards. As our stomach’s lurch at the suggestion that technology has the ability to ‘virtualise’ payment cards, Acer assure us that only the tightest security standards are maintained to achieve such ‘contactless’ technology.
Great, we all love comfort and convenience, but how does Acer’s latest answer to reading a user’s mind compare with the smartphone ‘big boys’?
In possessing a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, it’s certainly ‘en par’ with the iPhone 4 in the camera stakes, although remains significantly inferior to the 4S’s 8 megapixel camera – Not bad but not the best!
With a 3.5 inch screen the Liquid Express’s screen matches Apple’s iPhone 4S in screen dynamics, of which some have complained about being too small.
All-in-all the Acer Liquid Express sounds pretty impressive, although, as yet, is only available to buy in the UK from both T-Mobile and Orange, the former costing £15.32 per month for a 24-month contract and the latter costing £20.50 per month for a 24-month contract. Although 24 months is a fairly long time to be tied up to a phone if it doesn’t live up to its hype.