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Acer Liquid Metal S120 @ Expansys
Acer Liquid Metal S120  @ Expansys

Acer Liquid Metal S120 @ Expansys

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decent enough price if you just want a droid with a big screen
didn't like the reviews i read though, i gotta be honest..

niceguyrichy

decent enough price if you just want a droid with a big screendidn't like … decent enough price if you just want a droid with a big screendidn't like the reviews i read though, i gotta be honest..



Same here, but I wonder if it is a wolf in sheeps clothing, don't know what hacks are available for it with any customised roms.

ya looks good.
just done a search for rom/root and found this if any good? SuperOneClick

The ones I posted might be for a different acer liquid, only just realised there might be more than one, sorry for any confusion.

Original Poster

AndrewRoss

Seems to be lots of support for custom roms, no idea what they are like … Seems to be lots of support for custom roms, no idea what they are like though - http://android.modaco.com/topic/340767-all-custom-rom-collection-for-acer-liquid-e-2962011/


What kind of hacks are you talking about? Don't much about much on the subject, cheers.

lovely phone and comes with leather slip case.
I have had htc sensation and iPhone, and honestly this is just as beautiful in it's own way
a real bargain for a premium 800x480 smartphone
go for it, you won't be disappointed

What's the comparison between this and the Orange Monte Carlo like?

owainhopkins

What's the comparison between this and the Orange Monte Carlo like?



to be honest, the specs look similar
however I would buy Acer over ZTE any day

Gedtheshed

What kind of hacks are you talking about? Don't much about much on the … What kind of hacks are you talking about? Don't much about much on the subject, cheers.



I really don't know very much about the subject, I'm a desire HD and a500 tablet owner, both are unrooted and on the stock roms.

As far as I know, from what I've read people root their phones and install custom roms to add enhanced functionality (from basic things like screen capture to replacing boot logos and overclocking the cpu for faster performance etc) to complete overhauls of the UI, alot of phones have different UI's installed over the vanilla android rom like HTC sense, some people dont like the ones provided and in those cases the custom roms provide a far greater choice. If a phone has a decent community chances are it will continue to evolve long after support has been discontinued by the oem. Which is sort of comforting


Edited by: "AndrewRoss" 18th Aug 2011

does anyone know if this phone can play flash web pages. many thanks iain

7iain7

does anyone know if this phone can play flash web pages. many thanks iain


also does anyone know what the battery life is like

7iain7

does anyone know if this phone can play flash web pages. many thanks iain



yes it does

Power the Liquid Metal on and you are greeted with Acer’s custom UI s … Power the Liquid Metal on and you are greeted with Acer’s custom UI sitting on Android 2.2, Froyo. We’re not so bothered about Gingerbread at this point in time because the majority of useful functionality is within Froyo, such as Adobe Flash support in the browser.



quote taken from review of phone here

I have htc desire but thinking of trading for one of these are they any good

I have htc desire but thinking of trading for one of these are they any good

hazra akudi

I have htc desire but thinking of trading for one of these are they any … I have htc desire but thinking of trading for one of these are they any good



it's faster and more compact, but I am not sure it's an upgrade worth doing, in the same way, I also wouldn't upgrade to the HTC Desire S.

you are trading a premium phone from one generation for a mid range phone from the next.
if you don't mind size I would say the best upgrade you can do is to the HTC Sensation.

Well took the plunge and bought this phone through TCB, so should get it a little cheaper...

I have had a good search on the web and I can't find an easy step by step guide to get gingerbread onto this phone... any tech savvy folk out there that could help? I have a San Fran which is running a custom rom so sort of know my way around with a bit of guidance!

Thanks in advance... heat for the OP too, btw think this deal might end at 2pm so get your order in!!
Edited by: "mountainchrisriv" 19th Aug 2011

owainhopkins

What's the comparison between this and the Orange Monte Carlo like?


Acer has a 2nd-generation Snapdragon processor where the Orange is a old non-Snapdragon chip that doesn't support Flash, iPlayer etc... Graphics are 2-3 times faster as well.

It's the same chip as the T-Mobile G2 here:

http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/tmobileg2_100610192355/25003.png

AndrewRoss

The ones I posted might be for a different acer liquid, only just … The ones I posted might be for a different acer liquid, only just realised there might be more than one, sorry for any confusion.


This is the forum for the Liquid Metal: android.modaco.com/for…om/

It has a different processor so hacks and ROMs for the older Liquid won't work.

niceguyrichy

didn't like the reviews i read though, i gotta be honest..


8/10 here: phonearena.com/rev…e/4

Edited by: "lhassall" 19th Aug 2011

lhassall

Acer has a 2nd-generation Snapdragon processor where the Orange is a old … Acer has a 2nd-generation Snapdragon processor where the Orange is a old non-Snapdragon chip that doesn't support Flash, iPlayer etc... Graphics are 2-3 times faster as well.It's the same chip as the T-Mobile G2 here:



Thanks lhassall, I had the Desire Z and it was a fantastic bit of kit. It was just the bulk of the keyboard that led me to move away from it. Performance was definitely not an issue and it ran everything I threw at it with aplomb.

I had been looking at the monte carlo as a cheap way back to android but I'm thinking this might be a better package.

I have now had the Acer Liquid Metal for one day
I wanted to give some feedback as I think its exceptional value for money.

Anyone who wants a slick and compact new smartphone with a high res 800x480 screen and Android should seriously consider this phone.

It came with firmware version 001.1
Using the inbuilt android update facility, over wifi, I updated it to 100.16
Then I downloaded the latest 100.49 version from the Acer website onto my PC and upgraded it directly using a USB cable (the upgrade directly from 000.1 to 100.49 didn't work, you have to go via 100.16 first).

The phone is very good looking with a unique curved shape and metal back, rather then a boring mainstream block.
The box it comes it is quite nice and a bit of a change from the dumbed down boxes that Samsung and HTC use these days to save costs.

It comes with a sturdy leather slip cover. Very nice, saves another £15, and quite unusual these days. Acer obviously originally intended it as a premium phone!

Its very light but sits nicely in the hand. The LED lights on the top edge are pretty cool.

Positive points:
1. Well supported on android.modaco.com if you like to use hacked roms, etc.
2. Bright, sharp, screen
3. Good reception for data.
4. Clear phone reception
5. Very easy switch to turn off the Acer add-ins and return to vanilla android
6. Fast and slick in operation
7. Flash 10.3

Overall I have failed to find anything negative.

I would say this is a much better buy then the Nexus S or Desire S for example.
Its a pity in my view that Android phones are becoming larger and larger. I applaud companies like Acer who keep the high res 800x480 screen but produce a more compact device.

And is only one of three, with the Desire S, Orange San Francisco, for a compact 800x480 android phone.
the Acer is in a different league of build quality and ownership enjoyment over the SF IMHO

A real bargain of the moment!

Edited by: "colonel" 19th Aug 2011

nice review... can't wait to get hold of it now...:)

owainhopkins

Thanks lhassall, I had the Desire Z and it was a fantastic bit of kit. It … Thanks lhassall, I had the Desire Z and it was a fantastic bit of kit. It was just the bulk of the keyboard that led me to move away from it. Performance was definitely not an issue and it ran everything I threw at it with aplomb.I had been looking at the monte carlo as a cheap way back to android but I'm thinking this might be a better package.



This looks to be a much much better option than the OMC (unless you are fixated by the extra 0.5") ... very tempted!

How it compare to Monte Negro?

After doing some more research into this phone I am now surprised it is not getting the heat it deserves.

Some reviews seem somewhat unfair on the device, since Acer's own customised interface can be toggled on or off I do not understand the criticism with the Android software on it.

With regards the build, complaints of it rocking on a table....I have never used a mobile phone on a table! The curved edges actually are ergonomic to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand, surely this is a plus?

This obviously at this price point is a third more in cost than the excellent budget Orange SF (ZTE Blade) and priced the same as the Orange Monte Carlo (ZTE Skate).

Whilst the Monte Carlo has more real estate in a larger screen, it still has a last gen processor, with no flash support.

I cannot see a better deal on a second gen processor (snapdragon) phone at this price, let alone anything other than first gen processors at this price point.

A rumoured official Gingerbread rom is imminent, with plenty of current leaked beta roms.

Struggling personally to find any negatives for the price.

cicobuff

After doing some more research into this phone I am now surprised it is … After doing some more research into this phone I am now surprised it is not getting the heat it deserves.With regards the build, complaints of it rocking on a table....I have never used a mobile phone on a table! The curved edges actually are ergonomic to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand, surely this is a plus?.



the back is actually flat in the centre, actually around 60-70% of the base width is flat.
It doesn't wobble on the table when you swipe the screen, until your swipe reaches the edge, and then its tiny and doesn't interrupt the wobble

its a design issue.
the nice things about rounded sides:
1. as you mentioned, they sit in the hand nicely
2. they make the device look smaller
3. tend not to hurt your ear when you talk for long periods

i would say the key thing with this device is to:
a. update to the latest official rom (as for all phones)
b. switch to generic android (settings -> application settings -> user interface)
c. change the naff backrgound picutre :). I found a nice moody and faded picture of a tree
d. change the sensitivity of the screen to maximum - my taste anyway (settings -> display -> touch panel sensitivity)

rgds



Edited by: "colonel" 19th Aug 2011

currently got a SF but screen is cracked, this looks like a perfect replacement as the 2 issues with the SF for me are its a bit slow and it's very cheap looking.

Heat added.

If this drops another £20 it could be the new HUKD favourite phone, with weekly 1000 degree posts!

I was going to wait till xmas to upgrade from my trusty t mobile pulse, but this is tempting. Very tempting.

jaydeeuk1

I was going to wait till xmas to upgrade from my trusty t mobile pulse, … I was going to wait till xmas to upgrade from my trusty t mobile pulse, but this is tempting. Very tempting.



-ditto-

k31ron

currently got a SF but screen is cracked, this looks like a perfect … currently got a SF but screen is cracked, this looks like a perfect replacement as the 2 issues with the SF for me are its a bit slow and it's very cheap looking.Heat added.



I got everyone of my friends to get an Orange SF. All of their screens are cracked except mine!

I'm bored of mine though and looking for a change. I got the Omnia7 after seeing a deal on here, just sold it for aroung £150 so will get this as a nice replacement me thinks.

k31ron

currently got a SF but screen is cracked, this looks like a perfect … currently got a SF but screen is cracked, this looks like a perfect replacement as the 2 issues with the SF for me are its a bit slow and it's very cheap looking.Heat added.


Mine SF screen and camera is cracked too The phone fell down from 10cm, Rubbish build quality. But screen works fine, even is crecked. Anyone know where I can find replacement???

By the way this Deal looks hot for me.

Buy two and get another £10 off with EXP10. So, with the TCB and the discount, you can get two phones for less than £140 each. Not bad at all.

Before I order can I clarify that this will player live flash stream from websites ??

Thanks
JJ

Only the silver one ?
Not interested in the silver one. Is there a black for same price ?

Thumbs down from me - Will stick with my Desire HD

Akramasif

Thumbs down from me - Will stick with my Desire HD



Try comparing apples with oranges, the Desire HD is twice the price, now if you were to think rationally, compare price for price, can you find a better phone for £150? Would you still then give it the thumbs down?

Oh no! Have only had my OSF for a few months... but really tempted by this!

Is it worth upgrading? i'm finding the OSF a little slow now mind

Guys I have the original OSF and well Im looking for a replacement..mainly due to no camera flash which makes the camera pointless in the dark, and poor build quality, and gets very slow when running a few apps at the same time, not to mention no flash.

Could probably sell it for £80, would this be a worthwhile enough replacement?

Quidco for an extra 5% off - £142.50. Nice present for the wife
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