Acer has recently not been very active in the market of smartphones, but now gradually brings him new device. It got us to the test model Acer Liquid Z500, which belongs to the lower price segment.
Who would not say that, but your Acer has its own recognizable style, which many people like. We visited on a test model of a dark gray color, but solutions are also available in green and black colors. The design is strict, no nonsense no, the screen is framed by a rather wide frame and around the perimeter on the side of the plastic edging is available under the metal. It has become a standard placement of two grids speakers on the top and bottom of the screen, this model is no exception. The back cover have a rough matte surface, very similar to that which can be uglyadet in LG G Pro 2.
The very first disappointment when Acer Liquid Z500 falls into the hands, it is to make a key to unlock the upper side of the device - one-handed 5-inch smartphone will be too heavy to include. But on the part of the controls is the only drawback, but otherwise the device is convenient to use. Of course, size is not the most minimal when the screen 5 ", but special inconveniences such dimensions do not cause. Control keys in this case, are on the screen, even though plenty of space under the screen to make the three sensory or mechanical keys
Volume convex, is perfectly blind and has a clear short course. Adjust the volume of the music right in your pocket through jeans without dostavaniya smartphone is not difficult. The back wall has collected on a camera with a convex contour, flash, microphone and button Acer Rapid, which, for some reason, now is not working on unlocking, only to run applications. 3.5 mm audio jack located on the top and bottom MicroUSB jack.
The cap is removed, like all modern models, but do not like all underneath no removable battery - it is built. The only thing that can be detected when undressing smartphone, so it's two slots for micro-SIM and one MicroSD.
Platform and Performance
The heart of the Acer Liquid Z500 is a system-on-chip MediaTek MT6582 with four cores that operate at a frequency of 1.3 GHz. RAM 1 GB, the primary is about 2 GB, but upgrades are available thanks to the slot microSD. Due to the fact that quite a crude sample was tested, there were problems when using browsers Chrome, Opera and maps Google Maps - Applications "took off" after some time. To speed given device class, absolutely no complaints. With seven desktops completely clogged icons and widgets friezes at the exit from the sleep mode is detected.
Wireless modules work without claims. Satellites are fast - the first time determined 19 seconds, when you restart the location fixed instantly. Transmission speed over Wi-Fi is excellent, with Bluetooth problems have arisen.
Granted Acer Liquid Z500 had the reference version of Android 4.4.2 without any significant add-ons. The only thing added, so it is somewhat in the manner of branded apps recorder and a flashlight. For me personally, this decision more of a priority than proprietary shell from Acer, because the speed of the "bare" Android is much higher.
The model has a 5-inch display made of IPS technology with a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels. Brightness can be adjusted from 30.9 to 274 cd / m², is available possibility of automatic adjustment of brightness. Display is covered by tempered glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with a layer of oleophobic coating. Between the matrix and the glass has a layer of air.
The very same picture is very good, juicy and bright colors, is a bit like Super Amoled, but not with the nuclear contrast. Permissions missing head, pixel grid is almost invisible. Color gamut of sRGB slightly inclined toward the green and red. On the street, the display remains clearly visible, only direct sunlight can make the picture faded.
Standard video player coped with almost all video files from our test set, the problem appeared only when playing 4K video clips with audio tracks AC3.
The volume of spoken and multimedia speakers are at a high level - the interlocutor can hear perfectly, and the incoming call will be hard to miss. Vibrating motor also has a high intensity and output.
Pleasantly surprised by the sound - smooth and fairly detailed, as for such a device. For a long time Acer Liquid Z500 was used as the primary music device with headphones SoundMagic E10 and Creative Aurvana Live! It's safe to say that the use of fairly good headphones sound like almost any user.
For comparison, selected several songs in different genres Lossless, to form an overall picture in sound. As the main players use Poweramp turned off EQ and other "uluchshayzer."
Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson. Plays a little "dirty" heartbeat at the beginning is not as pronounced as can be heard on more expensive models. Guitar riffs in the background clearly audible throughout the composition, detail and stereo panorama worthy.
Foals - Inhaler. Beautiful guitar journey from one ear to the other at the beginning of the track and a small mess after the first minute, but still good tools to distinguish. Not all smartphones middle tier nice win back the moment of attack in this work, Acer Liquid Z500 almost succeeded.
Pink Floyd - Money. Neutrality sound emphasizes the particular product and the voice of David Gilmour, the tools and the sounds of the cash register is clearly distinguishable.
Gary Moore - Oh Pretty Woman. This composition smartphone revealed itself remarkable. Scene amazing, the sound level, an overabundance of bass, which often happens on other devices were found.
Bullet For My Valentine - Not Invicible. Check the suitability of the heavy and dynamic music. Unfortunately, all mingled in the porridge, tools lose their Circuits, there is noise
When using headphones with high sensitivity, the volume will suit almost everyone. On the Creative Aurvana Live! c 103 dB sensitivity and impedance of 32 ohms maximum volume in some cases, was not enough. If you look in general, the sound Acer Liquid Z500, you can safely put 7-8 points on a 10-point scale, of course, taking into account the cost of the device.
The device is equipped with two camera module - 2 megapixel front and 8 megapixel main. Ultra-high image quality can not boast of a model. To clear shots requires good lighting in low light conditions is obtained from the noise still life. A set of classic settings and contains nothing extraordinary.
Video device removes in 3gp format with a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels using the main camera and 640 × 480 pixels in the case of a frontal plan.
The device is installed lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 2000mAh. Our sample showed very ambiguous and really strange results. With daily use of the phone quietly endured hours in active mode (constant synchronization, YouTube 30 minutes, Real Racing 30 min, music 3-4 hours, Google Books 1 hour, 20 minutes calls, Instagram 30 minutes). But with all the tests are not so transparent - in navigation mode has not been possible to test, since Google Maps permanently switched off. When playing video from the memory card device worked less than when watching videos from YouTube, which a priori is very strange. Affects what we face a pre-sale sample, hope in the sample for the market does not.
Official price of Acer Liquid Z500 is over 3000 USD, which is quite acceptable for a smartphone with such equipment. I liked the performance of the device, an excellent display with tempered glass and good sound. If the samples for sale fix a number of problems, including incorrect robot some applications and battery, then we have a good candidate to buy in its price range.
+ Good sound
Did not like:
- Incorrect multiple applications
- Battery Calibration
SIM-card type Micro-SIM
Standard GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 2100
High-speed data GPRS, EDGE, HSPA
The number of SIM-cards 2
Operating system Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)
RAM, GB 1
Built-in Memory, GB 4
Expansion Slot microSD / SDHC (up to 32GB)
Dimensions, mm 145,9h73h8,7
Weight, g 147
Protection against dust and moisture -
Storage battery 2000 mAh
Opening hours (manufacturer's data) Talk time: up to 9 hours Standby time: up to 500 hours
Diagonal inches 5
Resolution 1280 × 720
Type of matrix IPS
Sensor brightness adjustment +
Touch Screen (Type) touch (capacitive)
Other 16 million. Colors, protective glass Gorilla Glass 3
Cpu Mediatek MT6582 + GPU Mali-400MP2
Type of Kernel Cortex-A7
Number of Cores 4
Frequency, GHz 1.3
The main camera, MP 8
Videographers 1080p, 30 f / s
The front facing camera, MP 2
Other digital zoom, geo-tags, aperture F2.0, the photography technology Acer Bright
Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth 4.0 (A2DP, EDR)
Interface connector USB 2.0 (micro-USB)
Audio jack 3.5mm
MP3 player +
Body type monoblock
Keyboard Type entry screen
Yet proximity sensors and light, accelerometer, receiver A-GPS, vibration, sound technology DTS Studio Sound