Thanks go to Darren and Mike, and the good folks at Rogers for putting this phone in my hands for a few days to review it.
In place of doing a long review of this phone I’m going to do a few posts documenting not just the device, but what it is like to switch from Windows Mobile to Android. Hopefully this will be an interactive exchange, where I explain what I’m doing to make the change, and for those of you who actually know what you’re doing, you can point me in the right direction when you see me floundering. I have been a diehard Windows Mobile guy since the first iPaq hit the shelves a decade ago. My smartphone use has been pretty much entirely with Windows Mobile so this could be fun.
First off the specs on the Acer Liquid E are as follows:
- Android 2.1
- WVGA 3.5 Screen
- Snapdragon processor running at 768MHz
- 5 megapixels camera
- Wifi b/g
- Bluetooth 2.0
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Micro SD expansion
- Dimensions: H 115mm x W 64mm x D 12.75mm
- Weight: 135g
The styling of the Liquid E seems a bit old. The face has considerable space from the sides of the screen to the edge of the device which is uncommon on most cutting edge phones these days. Coming from a Touch Pro 2 which has a keyboard, the Liquid E feels rather light and slim though. It does have a bit of a plastic feel to it. All this combined with the specs point to the fact that it isn’t a high-end device. That’s ok, we don’t all drive Porsches either. Most of us find something in the middle that works for us, and our wallets. It’s no different for phones. If you are someone looking to get into a Smartphone, you keep your phones for quite awhile, and don’t want to lay out a pile of cash, the Liquid E could very well be what you are looking for. For 50 bucks you’re in the game…..well in the game. Rogers have it on for $49.99 on a 3 year contract or $424.99 with no contract. Not Bad!
I’ll get a bit more in depth with the Liquid E in the next few days and learn what it is capable of, as well as what it is like to switch to the Android platform. Next up, I think, will be GPS. Coming soon.