Acer Liquid E700 Review – A triple SIM smartphone

Yes, you read it right. Acer Liquid E700 is latest in town and it has got the ability to hold three SIM cards/networks at any given instance. While it is definitely a plus point, I was also impressed by the kind of performance it has offered throughout my experience with it. I’ve been using Acer Liquid E700 for almost two weeks now and I think I’m in perfect position to talk about this device in detail.

I must first talk about the price bracket in which it has been launched exclusively through Snapdeal. The device is currently retailing for Rs 10500 and it has got real tough competition with the likes of Moto G and Micromax Yu. Even though the specifications of this device are quite mediocre on paper, there are two things that makes this device stand out from that crowd. First, a triple SIM capability off course, and second – a front facing camera with “Flash”. Don’t believe my words, see for yourself in our featured image above.

Moving along towards unboxing, we have recorded a video and you can simply skip this paragraph if you would like to watch it.

Acer Liquid E700 – Unboxing

The box contains new shiny device along with some warranty cards, 3.5 mm audio headsets, wall charger and data sync cable which you can use to charge your device.

Display, Design and Body

The phone has got 5 inch capacitive display with IPS technology and 720 pixels resolution. It is not the best in this category but it is certainly very much above being average. The color production is quite good and viewing angles are simply great for a phone in this price bracket. Off course, plastic material has been used in body but it is very rigid and of superior quality.

The design of this smartphone is something that I would like to talk about in detail. I’m not saying that it is duplicate or similar to the HTC M7/8/9 design but at least speaker grills are placed in that way. Yes, there are two speakers in front which are slightly curved at both ends. Instead of bringing on screen buttons, Acer has opted for capacitive buttons and they are available right above the bottom speaker. On the top, there is this VGA front camera along with the flash and Acer logo.

On the back of the device, you will find 8 megapixel camera, LED flash and Acer Rapid technology button. I just spotted a secondary microphone at the back and I believe it is used in noise cancellation during video recording.

Hardware

Well, when I checked out smartphones from lower price segment than this one, I felt that this smartphone is way behind its competitor. I was wrong. I realized it quickly after using this device for multi-tasking and playing some real graphics intense games.

As far as specifications are concerned, it runs on 1.3 GHz Mediatek MT6582 quad core processor and 1 GB of RAM. I was able to get the detailed benchmark scores for it and it is as follow –

Antutu Benchmarks

  • Total score – 18844

A detailed score is shown in an image below –

Antutu Benchmarks Detailed Score of Acer Liquid E700

Software

This device runs on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat which is still running hot on majority of devices. While I understand that people are more concerned about latest Android update, I’m not really sure if this device will get Android Lollipop update. Even if it doesn’t get that update, Acer has done tremendous job in optimizing this interface and keeping it very minimal. They have provided excellent set of customization options which would hardly impact overall performance.

The notification center has been redesigned little bit with quick toggles being available for customization. You can choose the order and which quick toggles you want at your finger tips.

Acer has also included bunch of applications such as Acer SnapNote. Some of these apps are really useful but it would have been really great if some of the apps weren’t included. Like for example, a barcode reader app is easily available from play store and there was no need to put it upfront.

Camera

Straight to the point. It is average. I tried taking pictures and I wasn’t really happy about the color reproduction. The colors don’t feel natural and they are quite dull even in broad day-light. The quality did improved upon using HDR mode and I guess you will have to be on it for 24 hours to get a good picture.

What is interesting about this phone is front flash accompanied by a front facing camera. Though the flash isn’t as powerful as the one on the back, it was able to put some real good light in low light conditions. That was useful and if you’re selfie lover, you might just love that feature.

One more point that I would like to discus is its Acer Rapid button just below the back camera. It can be use when the front facing camera is running. It comes very handy in that situation. Additionally, you can configure to open any app on single press of this button.

Battery

I was able to test battery performance of this device with one SIM only but I guess I’m in right position to guess some good figures when two or three SIM cards are used. As far as one SIM was concerned, I was able to get the battery backup of one and half day with half hour on 3G. Now, my guess is that using two SIM cards, I might just be able to get a one day battery and getting one more SIM might just bring it down to 18 to 20 hours. After all, it depends on what activities you will perform and what sort of data connectivity you will use.

Gaming

Folks, I have got video coming up for this section but I would just walk you through the things that I did in this video. I ran four games with moderate to high graphic games. Starting with the Subway surfers and Temple run, I was able to get them running without any lags. They were super smooth. The next in line was dead trigger 2 which again was very smooth in the beginning. The last game that I ran on this device was Real Racing 3 which has got some pretty intense graphics. The phone didn’t let me down and I was able to drive my car without any lags (though I came fourth in the race.).

Pros and Cons of Acer Liquid E700

Pros

  • Triple SIM
  • Front Flash
  • Dual Speaker Design
  • Acer Rapid Technology
  • DTS Sound effects (you will need another set of headphones to feel it)

Cons

  • still Android 4.4.2 Kitkat
  • 8 megapixel camera at back

Final conclusion

The device is good enough to be a daily driver and it is built with some real care for those who would like to enjoy those pros that I have listed. If you don’t feel the necessity of triple SIM and front flash, there are better options available in market right now. I feel that this device is suitable for particular set of people and if you’re one of them, go ahead and buy it.

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