By smartphone comes bundled good-ear headset, it is perfect for the role of everyday headphones.
Exterior materials, controls, assembly
Do smartphone calm strict appearance, rounded corners machine only slightly, this adds solidity. Tried to understand why I want to write, that the design of the device is similar to the full line of Acer, until I remembered their flagship Acer Liquid S2, which has the same red insert in the earpiece, it is this element in common E3 and S2.
- Class: Intermediate
- Form factor: classic
- Materials used: matte rubberized plastic
- Operating System: Android 4.2.2
- Chain: two SIM-cards, one radio supported GSM / EDGE, WCDMA (microSIM)
- Platform: MediaTek MT6589
- Processor: 1.2 GHz quad-
- Memory: 1 GB
- Data Memory: 4 GB memory card slot microSD (supports cards up to 64 GB)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi (a / b / g / n), Bluetooth 4.0 (A2DP, EDR), the connector microUSB (USB 2.0) for charging / synchronization, 3.5 mm headset jack,
- Screen: 4.7 ‘, capacitive, IPS-matrix, 1280×720 pixels (HD), it automatically adjusts the backlight level, there oleophobic coating
- Camera: 13 MP, Video recording in 1080p (1920×1080 pixels), LED flash
- Front camera: 2 MP
- Navigation: GPS / Glonass (support A-GPS)
- Sensors: Accelerometer sensor, position in space,
- Gyroscope, light sensor
- Battery: removable, Li-Ion, capacity of 2000 mAh
- Cable for connection to a PC (also part of the charger)
- Wired headset with remote control
The main material used in Liquid E3 – matt smooth plastic, while, in contrast to many other models, here it is not slippery, so the unit will not slip out of your hands.
Most of the front side holds a 4.7-inch display, and above it are the earpiece, light sensors and proximity, as well as the eye of the front camera. To the left of the camera installed LED: it flashes blue when notifications glows red while charging and green when the unit is fully charged.
Below the display are three touch-sensitive buttons: “Back”, “Home” and “Recent Applications” holding down “Home” opens Google Now.Under the buttons, you can see the mesh of the external speaker. In the Acer use technology DTS Sound, improving sound quality, and specifically in this model, its influence can be seen. In the dynamics of a great clean sound and decent volume reserve, it sounds a lot better than most of the smartphones in this price segment. However, speakers HTC One / One M8 this device is inferior.
Positioned on the right side volume rocker and a plug that hides a slot for microSD-cards.
Openings for two SIM-card format microSIM also hid under the covers, located on the left side.
Fitting for 3.5 mm connector for headphones and power button took on, and microUSB port and the microphone hole – bottom.
In addition to the usual eye main camera and flash on the back of the device there is one more button – Acer Rapid. When the display is off it will turn on, and when the launches any application. Which one you choose your own settings (and this is a big plus). If desired, you can long press to “hang” the launch of the camera. The idea with the button is interesting, in the idea of LG Acer joined with buttons on the back and the idea Xiaomi, where you can specify a starting application on additional button.
Even a little about the back cover: it removable and practicality surpasses plastic coated with soft-touch. Prints, though remain, but less visible and easier to scrub.
As for the assembly, it has no complaints. Separately, I note the good work the power button and volume rocker, both short hard pressed snaps (and most importantly, they both do not play, unlike many devices Samsung).
Do smartphone decent size for a diagonal of 4.7 inches, it is relatively thin and light. Anyway, in my hand felt like that.
|Height (mm)||Width (mm)||Thickness (mm)||Weight (g)|
|Acer Liquid E3||136||68||9||134|
|Asus Padfone E||139.6||69.7||9.08||126|
|Asus Zenfone 5||148.2||72.8||9||140|
|Huawei Honor 3C||139.5||71.4||9.2||140|
|Lenovo Vibe X||144||71||6.9||120|
To get started, read the characteristics of the screen (by the way, how do you use a tablet to illustrate?).
|Screen size||4.7 inches|
|Display resolution||1280×720 pixels|
|Meaning of PPI||312|
|Type of matrix||IPS|
|Automatic brightness adjustment||Present|
|Support “multitouch”||Present, up to five simultaneous touches|
The air gap between the display and the glass, apparently, there is, as rejecting a screen picture noticeably dims (though colors are not inverted, it is a merit IPS-matrix). Lack of oleophobic coating frankly saddens finger glides over the surface of the screen is much worse than on displays with oleophobic coating.
As for the quality of the screen, then I would have rated it at “four”. In my opinion, HD-resolution and IPS-matrix – a great bunch for the diagonal of 4.7 inches, very small typefaces and other images look great on this display. In Acer Liquid E3 natural color reproduction, which is typical for this type of matrices. The maximum brightness is inferior to the flagship, but higher than the same Zenfone 5. The screen is unfortunately fades, and the brightness of the dark still want to reduce.
The smartphone runs Android 4.2.2 with a proprietary shell by Acer. Manufacturer significantly changed the shell, so let’s talk about it a little more.
Lock screen. To unlock your smartphone, you can simply hold your finger on the bottom of the lokskrina. “Swipe” on a particular icon opens the corresponding program. Icons on the lock screen correspond to the icons in the dock bar desktops.
Launcher. Desktops are presented net 4×5. In my opinion, it is optimal for such a diagonal. Pinch two fingers thumbnails of all open tables, allows you to add new or existing swap. In the application menu can be sorted by name, load time, or frequency of use.
The status bar. If you omit the shutter, you will see four switches wireless interfaces. If you drop the curtain with two fingers, then open all the switches. Short press turns on / off a particular module, and a long open it up. Also note that you can turn on the battery percentage in each setting.
Clock widget and weather. Beautiful and functional widget, click on the clock opens the alarm clock, and pressing on the weather – own weather app.
Keyboard. In Acer decided not to invest in the development of its own keyboard and just preinstall Swype – one of the best keyboards for Android today.
Dialer. In dialer no Russian letters, but the T9 still works on Russian letters.
Acer Float. When a call box call can not occupy the entire screen, and part of it. It is very convenient, the company realized that “chip” as early as Acer Liquid S2.
Fast mode. Transforms desktops in a grid of 3×2 tiles. Suitable for older people (though, while I was trying to get out of this mode, spent about ten minutes).
In general, the shell leaves a pleasant experience in the Acer could add their innovations without major changes to the interface stock Android.
First, let’s look at the specifications of the chipset and the memory in the machine.
|Accelerator||PowerVR SGX544 MP|
|Amount of RAM||1 GB|
|Internal Storage Capacity||4GB|
|The memory card||Present, there is a “hot swap”|
The device is installed MediaTek MT6589 chipset with quad-core processor, clocked at 1.2GHz, accelerator PowerVR SGX544 MP, RAM – 1 GB of internal storage capacity – 4 GB (2.4 GB user available).
Extensive experience testing this chipset shows that it lacks capacity to support rapid work devices with HD-resolution, to which refers Liquid E3. The device works fast in all standard scenarios (paging desktops does, unpretentious applications and games). But for complex and difficult games Liquid E3 is hardly suitable, but to blame here little capacity internal drive.
To begin, let us look at the characteristics of the battery and the results of our tests.
|The type of battery||Removable, Li-ion|
|Opening hours of viewing HD-video at maximum brightness (airplane mode)||5:00|
|Opening hours of reading at 30% brightness (airplane mode)||9.5 hours|
With daily use (the total activity of the screen for about three hours: e-mail, twitter, web surfing) charge the device lasts for one full day.The device has a separate power-saving mode, it can be fine-tune the behavior of the application or simply limit the frequency of the processor.
The smartphone is set basic 13-megapixel camera and 2.4 MP front. Camera interface is traditional for devices based on chipsets MediaTek.Stock photos with the main camera, you can find below.
|Wi-Fi||There are, b / g / n, supported Wi-Fi Direct|
|Bluetooth||There, version 4.0, supports all popular profiles, including A2DP|
|GPS||Cold start takes about two minutes|
|Mobile data||GSM 900/1800/1900, 3G|
The device supports two SIM-cards. The radio module is the device alone, so when speaking on a “sim card” second is not available.
For a month of use I have not noticed any problems with the quality of voice transmission. You and your partner can hear each other perfectly.
The average price of Acer Liquid E3 varies between 8 800-10 000. For the money you get a smart phone with a decent screen, interesting “trick” in the form of the back button, the standard battery life, good materials, and support for two SIM-cards. However, for the money in the machine there are many strong competitors.
Lenovo Vibe X. Recently discovered that all the networks have sharply reduced the cost of this smartphone. As a result, 10 000 rubles you get a thin and light smartphone with a very classy display, with small claims to performance (in the latest firmware Vibe X began to work much quicker and smarter). Disadvantages: lack of memory card slot.
Asus Zenfone 5. New from Asus with a very good performance for its price. Do Zenfone 5 more internal memory and, over shells parity, but the quality of the display on the side of Liquid E3, on the other hand, there are 5 Zenfone oleophobic coating. However Zenfone 5 worth 7,000 rubles, and Liquid E3 – 9000 rubles.
There are a lot of Chinese devices and smartphones B-brands, but to include them in this comparison is not fair, especially since even if we take them in this comparison, the most interesting proposals are still just two smartphones, which I have mentioned above .
In my opinion, Liquid E3 turned out good, but, as in the case with the tablet Acer A1-830, in the low-end segment is not enough to be good, to be the best. Now 10 000 better to take Vibe X, and 7 000 – Zenfone 5. The result is that the Liquid E3 would be an interesting proposition only at a price of 6000 rubles.