Acer Liquid Jade S review, The Bold and The Beautiful

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The market of midrange smartphones is filled with all kinds of devices meant for gaining the attention of people who desire decent specs for a more than decent price. I’ll be reviewing one of them today and I chose the Acer Liquid Jade S for a closer inspection, the successor of the Liquid Jade, which comes with some significant improvements over the first and a tempting package of features that will surely gain a few admirers.Amongst its most important offerings, we will come across a 5 inches qHD display, an octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 13 MP primary camera and a 5 MP secondary one, dual-SIM support for those of you who depend on two carriers and more. The handset is also a looker, if you ask me, having a simple and attractive design and a thin profile, which brings a touch of elegance to its overall appearance. Read the following review and find out more details about it.

In the retail box of the Acer Liquid Jade S we’ll see an AC adapter, a microUSB cable for making data transfers and re-charging your unit and a pair of headphones with in-ear buds.

Let’s check out its appearance. The Liquid Jade S stands at 143 x 69 x 7.8 mm and has a weight of 116 grams, being very light for a device that sports this size. Its thin profile makes it very easy to manage and slip into pockets and also adds a few points to its appearance. Speaking of which, its design is nice and simple, consisting in a rectangular shape with rounded edges. Things change a little at its rear side, which features an interesting pattern and keeps away fingerprints due to its matte finish. The device is entirely made from plastic, but a high quality one, as it seems to be very well put together and solid too.

As I was previously saying, the Acer Liquid Jade S comes packed with a 5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen which offers a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, a pixel density of 294 ppi and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. The display is decent, offering vibrant colors and good viewing angles, but its brightness levels leave something to be desired and affect the sunlight legibility, which is rather poor. This isn’t exactly a deal-breaker, as we’re talking about a budget phone, after all. Let’s carry on and check out its inner features.

In terms of software, the Liquid Jade S comes loaded with Android 4.4.4 KitKat, which has been customized by Acer. The lockscreen isn’t something that you haven’t seen before and displays the time, date, weather information and a list of shortcuts. Beyond the lockscreen, you’ll be greeted by the homescreen, which holds four shortcuts and features folder support. You can have a maximum number of nine homescreens.
Swiping down from the top reveals the notification area and a row of five quick toggles, which are customizable. Accessing all the toggles is done by swiping down with both fingers.
The interface is nice and intuitive, so befriending it should be easy even if you’re an Android newbie.

In terms of hardware, the Liquid Jade S comes powered by a Mediatek MT6752m chipset, having an octa-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Mali-T760MP2 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, which can be extended with a microSD card of up to 32 GB. You should know that the microSD card slot is also used by the secondary SIM card for offering dual-SIM support, so you’ll have to choose between expanding your internal storage and an extra SIM card. In terms of performance, the handset does a very good job and will provide you with a smooth user experience, but tends to overheat if used for an extended time period.

In its connectivity basket, the Acer Liquid Jade S holds support for quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE, dual-band or quad-band 3G, triple or quad-band LTE (depending on the region), Wi-Fi b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR and A2DP and microUSB 2.0.

For capturing photos, the Liquid Jade S has been packed with a 13 MP snapper with autofocus which takes stills with a maximum resolution of 4160 x 3120 pixels and has a LED flash for helping in low light conditions. The image quality revealed by its photos is kind of uninspiring for a 13 MP snapper, as I’ve seen better results from inferior cameras. The pictures offer a mediocre image quality, but if you’ll be using the phone for taking an occasional photo, I’m guessing that you’ll settle with it.

The video camera shoots 1080p videos @30 fps and is also pretty average.
For making video calls, you have a 5 MP front-facing camera.

Some other things that might interest you offered by the Acer Liquid Jade S are a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps and AcerNAV for navigation, Google Now as a personal assistant, an FM Radio with RDS support, the Polaris Office 5 for managing document files and more.

The Acer Liquid Jade S comes with a 2,300 mAh non-replaceable battery and will last for a day and a half under a moderate usage and only a day if you use it intensively.

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