Acer Liquid S100
The Acer Liquid is an Android 1.6 powered handset, like the neoTouch, it has a Snapdragon core ticking inside and runs the OS flawlessly. The handset has a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display, with an impressive 800 x 480 resolution. It is sharp, bright and the seamlessly blend into the front bezel. Below the screen are the customary four Android controls - home, search, back and menu; the difference is that here they are presented as back lit touch controls, and part of the display. Acer hasn't messed around with Android interface and much of the features are left untouched. There are the usual custom widgets, theres a scrolling list of thumbnails that shows your Web bookmarks, and theres the 3 home screens. The phone supports all of Android's usual fantastic features, including great Gmail support, the handy Google Maps and access to the Android Market, which is stuffed full of mostly free apps that further boosts the Liquid's prowess. Acer's subtle additions to Android include the ability to merge your Facebook contacts with your address book. The Facebook integration is a good example of the Liquid as a whole; it does what it needs to, without making a fuss, and doesn't have too many bells and whistles. Acer hasn't meddled with the Android keyboard, so it very much works it was designed. The browser is also intact, so multi-touch zooming gets the boot, but its relatively fast and handles full webpages well. The handset features motion and proximity sensors, the screen orients itself to landscape or portrait fairly intuitively. The proximity sensor will lock the screen when it is next to your face, and pops up new options when you pull it away, like engage speakerphone, put a call on hold or dial someone else for a conference call. Camera performance is typically good for a 5-megapixel camera phone. It can can also capture video at 640 x 480 pixel resolution maximum. It supports 3GP, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 formats, although you need to get the respective codecs.