Acer Liquid S2 hands-on review
The Acer Liquid S1 only came out a couple of months ago, so it’s a little strange to be looking at its upgraded sibling already. That said, the specs of the S2 are significantly improved, so one can only presume that Acer had realised sooner rather than later that the S1 was lacking a little in the hardware department. See: What's the best phone you can buy in 2013?
Although there’s always a little shock when you pick up a new phablet for the first - after using your conventional smartphone for so long - the Acer Liquid S2’s overall look and feel was pretty impressive. Making a smartphone that is as big as the Liquid S2 (166 x 86 x 9 mm) look good is no mean feat, but I think Acer has managed it.
The device feels very solid and secure in your hands, and the combo of the metallic rim and plastic back works well; it certainly doesn’t feel flimsy like some other larger phones such as the Galaxy S3 and S4 do.
What is impressive about the Liquid S2 is the full HD 1080 x 1920 pixels (367 ppi) 6-inch screen that dominates your attention when you turn the phablet on. It’s pin-sharp and frankly it just looks huge when held at an arm’s length.
Acer has fitted the Liquid S2 with a 13 Mp camera that can take 4K videos too, the images we took looked great - albeit we were in a very well lit product stand - and the extra 5 Mp upgrade that Acer has found from the S1’s 8 Mp is something that won’t go unnoticed when customers are inevitably weighing up the specs of the Acer Liquid phablets compared to the Samsung Note phablets. Acer has followed suit with what seems like the entire smartphone industry by including a 2 Mp front-facing camera also.
Acer Liquid S2 video demo
Another serious comparison that needs to be drawn with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the software that the two devices come with. While the Note 3 is packed with gimmicky features, the Acer Liquid S2 feels a lot less busy and more Android-y, which for this reviewer is a good thing. I want a device to be quick and very good at the basics and the Acer Liquid S2 is that. That said, Acer’s Float UI is present here, but this is very intuitive to use and allows you to switch between apps seamlessly, so I can forgive that.
The Liquid S2 comes with a Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 processor and 2GBs of RAM, which from our time with the device, seemed to have plenty of oomph to keep the phablet from any noticeable lags in performance.
There is also 16GB of internal storage offer as well as a mircoSD card slot let is capable of boosting your devices storage by an extra 128GBs. The device comes preinstalled with Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean too.
The Acer Liquid S2 is a very capable phablet device that has a predictably huge full HD screen and an amazing camera. It's one that should be seriously considered if you're in the market for a phablet in 2013.