Acer Liquid Jade Z Review

The Acer brand may not be the first one that springs to mind when choosing a new smartphone but the manufacturer has been in the computing industry for a long time and they use this knowledge within their phones. Here we take a look at their latest phone in our Acer Liquid Jade Z review.

 

Acer Liquid Jade Z design

 

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The Liquid Jade Z sits in the mid to low range bracket within the smartphone spectrum so the design doesn’t have all premium materials although it still looks good for the price. The main construction of the body is made of plastic with metal accents to give it a higher-end look.

 

The body has a sleek shape with curved sides and measures just 7.9mm thick. The weight of 110g is nice and light in the hand and the large 5-inch IPS display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.

 

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Acer Liquid Jade Z Features

 

The sleek lines of the Acer Liquid Jade Z are packing a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 8GB memory and 1GB RAM. There is a microSD card slot for adding an additional 32GB for extra space for apps and music too.

 

Android 4.4 is on board giving you plenty of Google services and apps along with access to Google Play for new games and apps to download.

 

 

acer liquid jade z sound features

 

The screen has a number of enhancements including Read Mode that removes blue light to reduce the risk of long term effects of staring at the screen for long periods and can also help prevent headaches and dry eyes.

 

There are a number of Acer apps on board which work a synchronisation Cloud service giving you your files across all shared devices.

 

The abMusic app allows you to stream your music from your PC onto the phone as well as download the files between devices while abPhoto will archive your photos captured on the Acer Liquid Jade Z to your PC. e for syncing and sharing files across all owned devices or with chosen friends and family.

 

The phone has over 50 games installed so if you love gaming on your mobile there is a lot of choice on board before going to Google Play for more.

 

The satnav features on board are encompassed with the AcerNav app which uses Tripadvisors point of interest and is powered by TomTom to help you find your way.

 

The phone includes 4G optimisation so you get great browsing and download speeds in coverage areas and Wi-Fi is on board for use at home or in a hotspot.

 

The battery pack on the Acer Liquid Jade Z is one area that has been compromised to maintain the slim dimensions as it only delivers 7 hours of talk time and up to 400 hours of standby. This can be managed with the power saving mode features on board allowing the remaining battery life to be optimised to get you to a charger before you run out of power.

 

Acer Liquid Jade Z Camera

 

The camera package on the phone is pretty decent for this price point with a 13-megapixel camera on the back that has a f/1.8 lens for capturing more light and detail.

 

liquid jade z camera

Acer Bright Magic takes multiple shots to capture the maximum light available and integrates them into one image. The Auto settings on the camera will handle most situations however if you like to control things yourself you can adjust ISO and white balance as desired.

 

There are plenty of shooting modes to give you a choice of final image results including HDR, panorama, scene modes and continuous shot while 1080p video recording captures great video clips.

 

liquid jade z camera features

 

Selfie fans have not been forgotten with a 5-megapixel camera on the front which captures more light thanks to the f/2.2 aperture lens and Beauty mode will enhance your pout to perfection.

 

Verdict

For the price point this is a great phone thanks to the design and great camera options, users that download a lot of apps or want to keep lots of photos and music with them may find the smaller memory limiting though.

 

Written by: Carmel Brown

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