Acer Liquid Gallant Duo E350 Review

Featuring Android 4.1 Jelly Bean?
Featuring Android 4.1 Jelly Bean?

Today, smartphones have become sort of everyone’s primary needs. Everywhere you go, you are most likely to come across people holding either a tablet/slate or a smartphone on their lap or in their palms. Thanks to the ever increasing number of smartphones, prices seem to have lowered down a little. If you once had to pay quite a lot of money for a capable smartphone, you’ll no longer have to worry about such thing today as there are quite plenty capable yet affordable smartphones out there, one of which is the Acer Liquid Gallant Duo E350.

Hardware

Design

The phone design looks elegant with the body featuring premium aluminum finish. On the front side, you can see the calling speaker and a sensor beside it. You won’t find any hardware buttons on the front, though, except some capacitive buttons (Back, Home, and Menu). On the back, you’ll find a 5MP camera with LED flash and an ON/OFF button beside it. And, on the lower part of it, you can see the SRS music speaker holes while there’s an Acer logo located at center of the back cover.

Yet, to make things even better, this particular handheld device from Acer weighs only 145 grams despite its premium aluminum material.

To fit your style, you can choose either a white or a black color for this device.

Screen

The Acer Liquid Gallant Duo E350 features a capacitive multi-touch screen measuring 4.3 inches diagonally. Unlike other smartphones in its class, this particular handheld from Acer comes with a qHD TFT screen with 16 million colors which will undoubtedly spoil your eyes to the maximum. The screen comes with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels with a pixel density of 257 ppi.

Audio

Like other smartphones in the market, this smartphone from Acer features MP3 ringtone as well. There’s also a loudspeaker available to give you a more enjoyable experience while listening to the music or while making a phone call. A 3.5mm audio jack is available as well.

Camera

The Acer Liquid Gallant Duo E350 features a 5MP main camera equipped with LED flash, autofocus, and geo-tagging. Still images captured with this camera look nice thanks to the resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. In addition to that, the handheld is also capable of recording videos with the camera. Unfortunately, though, there is no secondary camera so video call won’t be an available option.

SIM

As its name implies, the Acer Liquid Gallant Duo E350 features a dual-SIM support as one of its key features. This makes the phone an ideal choice for those businessmen out there who want to make it easy for their clients to run into them. With more than just a single SIM, you won’t really have to worry about such a thing as no network coverage. If one of your SIM happens to lose service or signal, you can still count on the other one.

Sensors

Acer has equipped the phone with accelerometer and proximity sensors. That said, auto-rotation – which has now become a standard – won’t be a problem at all. Yet, compass is nowhere to be found so you’ll have to pass on this one.

Storage

One of the most important aspects when it comes to a digital device or gadget has always been the storage. Well, with the Acer Liquid Gallant Duo E350, you’ll get a 4GB internal storage that you can extend up to 32 GB using a microSD. However, beware that you may not be able to use the entire 4GB internal storage as – just like the case with other smartphones in the market – some of the spaces are system reserved by default.

Battery

To keep you company all day long, the Acer Liquid Gallant Duo E350 comes with 1,500mAh Li-Ion battery. However, though, it is recommended that you don’t run too many applications at the same time (multi-tasking) otherwise you may drain your battery before you know it. For your information, this is normal to such a powerful smartphone.

Performance

To power the Acer Liquid Gallant Duo E350, Acer has prepared a dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 MTK 6575 CPU. The great thing is that despite its relatively affordable price tag, this phone comes with a 1GB RAM. And, to give you the best visual experiences, such as in games, you’ll get the PowerVR SGX531 GPU at your disposal if you buy this phone. With the combination of such a CPU, GPU, and RAM, you should have no problem running heavy applications or games such as Asphalt 7 HD, Zombie Café, Inotia 4, and so on. With this phone, lagging may not be something you’ll have to worry about at all.

However, unfortunately, you may not experience the recently popular augmented reality feature that comes with Qualcomm processors. As you can see, Acer uses an MTK instead of a Qualcomm processor for this phone. Well, this is probably a necessary trade-off to lower the price tag.

Software

OS

For day-to-day operations, the Acer Liquid Gallant Duo E350 counts on the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system paired with Acer’s UI skin on top of it. So, if you’re indeed looking for a reliable Android smartphone that won’t be a burden to your budget, the Acer Liquid Gallant Duo E350 should be quite an ideal choice. However, if you’re more of a Windows fan, then this phone isn’t really suitable for you.

Although there seems to be no official word yet from Acer whether or not the phone will receive an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, some images on the web seem to reveal that there are indeed Acer Liquid Gallant Duo E350 smartphones that feature this next OS from the giant search engine, Google.

Networks/Connectivity

To be connected with the people that matter in your life, you can take advantage of the phone’s 2G networks (GSM 850/900/1800/1900 – for both SIM cards), 3G networks (HSDPA 900/2100), Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP+EDR, and the IEEE Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with the Wi-Fi Direct feature. A microUSBv2.0 slot is also available to connect the phone to your PC.

Price

The Acer Liquid Gallant Duo E350 is currently available on the global market with a price tag of around $200.

Options

At this price range, if you don’t really want to go for the Acer Liquid Gallant Duo E350, you may also want to have a look at the HTC One V (GSM) or the LG Lucid (CDMA), both of which are also capable yet still affordable.

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