Acer does not seem to be very popular with its smartphones in the UK. However, the Taiwanese mobile and PC powerhouse does pretty well when it comes to tablets. As the product line grows, the latest phablet has been added to the Acer mobile party. The 5.7-inch display is the first Acer product to come in line with Samsung’s immensely popular Samsung Galaxy Note.
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Acer Liquid S1 has an optional pen to make the use even more comfortable. The device is known for its multi-tasking abilities, which the company calls Float Apps. These features are activated by pressing the menu button and choosing among Camera, Google Maps, Calculator, and Notes. Acer is hoping to add some more Float Apps in future, and currently only to most used ones are there on the list.
Floating apps open in a partly transparent window, and can be moved around the screen and positioned as you want. The UI behind the app is still intractable, in case the floating app itself is not on the way. A fifth app is used to take/deny calls, and it does not really stop the user from what he was doing – just choose whether to deny or accept the call – and go on.
The 8MP camera is on the back and takes some decent photos. The handset is 3G-only and does not support LTE. It will come to the UK in both dual-SIM and single options. With dimensions of 163x83x9.6 mm, Acer’s phablet weights 195g and fits good in the hand. Considering the large screen, the weight and dimensions are quite convenient. The battery is 2400mAh, less than the Galaxy Note’s 3100mAh.
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