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The Acer Liquid is available SIM-free for around £330 and I think it's worth it! It's Acer's best Android powered phone and is one of the first phones to use Snapdragon technology. Acer have never been brilliant at making good looking phones, however this is an exception. It has a large touch screen and an extremely sleek design. The only downfall on the design for me is that it can feel plasticky.
Another positive is the four new touch sensitive button controls that have replaced the old buttons and trackballs that Acer would normally put on. A negative is that there's no cancel or call keys, so accessing the phone dialler is harder than it should be. Another thing that I realised straight away is the power button on the side which is used to wake up the phone. This is on the opposite side of the phone to the menu button which makes unlocking a pain, especially if you only have one hand free!
I love the camera on this phone. The camera is 5-megapixels which takes good photos if the light is good. A negative is the fact that it's useless in the dark. With no flash or light all you can achieve is a black picture. It's also perfect for web-browsing and watching videos, and it comes with a great web-browsing app and YouTube app. I've decided that to get the most out of this phone the brightness should be turned up very high, which resultantly reduces battery life.
The liquid uses Snapdragon as it's processor. I think when it was first thought up, it was promised that it would include a 1GHz processer, but this phone is actually running at 768MHz. I am slightly disappointed by this. I can happily run many applications at once with not a bit of lag. This is much better than my HTC Wildfire for example.
I also love the on-screen keyboard. It only took me a few minutes to get used to (this is with a lot of previous touch screen experience) and I can absolutely no trouble typing at high speeds, apart from the occasional missed key which could be my fault, or the phone's.
The screen sits at around 3.5 inches making it an above average sized phone, and I like this a lot. I was a little disappointed with the resolution of the screen, I expected the WVGA resolution to give a sharper look.
Basically all of Androids' features are here on this phone, and Acer has not done a lot of changing around. I've explored some of the custom features and I found a few custom widgets. I was also slightly disappointed that there are only 3 home screens compared to the 5 which I would have expected on this phone. You obviously have access to the Android market which is becoming increasingly full up with handy apps and addictive games. Many of which are free!
In conclusion this phone offers a normal Android experience and has mostly everything that I expected to get. Its speed and big screen are a big part for me and make the mobile web-browsing and social networking experience amazing. I also love the great pre-installed apps. It also comes at a very affordable price!
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