Review by Sunetra Chakravati,4/30/2015 4:53:06 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
Lightweight | sub £150 price tag | LTE support | 13MP camera | 2300mAH battery
Low ROM | 8GB low on-board memory | laggy performance
-By Sunetra Chakravarti
Feature-packed Acer Liquid Jade Z promises to be a true competitor to the truly incredible Motorola Moto G, the uncrowned king of the budget handset market with its expandable memory, 4G capabilities, slim-line looks and sharp screen.
The under-£150 market has suddenly become more exciting than the high-end one!
Impossibly light at 110 grams, the Liquid Jade Z is a feather-weight warrior with the might to take on the mighty and weightier Moto G. The textured back, although plastic has a good grip to it and the power button is on the top right. The funky looking metal speaker is slap in the middle of the top display and one drawer on the right takes care of both the microSD card as well as the nanoSIM card.
The Jade Z still runs Android 4.4 KitKat but there is an upgrade that has been promised which am sure will help improve the status quo a lot. Acer have their own Android overlay but it isnt as granular as that of LG/HTC/Sony leading to a comparatively uncluttered experience.
Onbard, there is just 1GB ROM to power you through your mobile day plus a measly 8GB storage. This means you can say bye-bye to pages of apps however the presence of the microSD card slot means that you will be able to take as many pictures, selfies and store videos as your heart desires.
The 2300 mAH battery and 4G performance set it apart from the rest. The battery should power you through a whole day and some of moderate use and the 64bit quad-core processor is good enough for regular day-to-day internettings.
The 13MP snapper with the f1.8 aperture is bound to please even the most exacting consumers and it does a great job at capturing images in low light situations. There is a tray with all controls and because phone cameras these days are all about filters, effects and bells 'n' whistles, it comes with a picture in picture mode that lets you click pictures with both the cameras simultaneously.
The speaker does a modest job of relaying the going-ons biut it will not be my speaker of choice when streaming content online.
The screen is sharp and the nspecs are on point at 720p HD. I was happy with streaming and watching downloaded videos off BBC's iPlayer but I would probably switch to a tablet for binge-watching sessions, but I will not blame it on the screen resolution but on the 5-inch screen size and the placement of the speakers that get covered if you hold the phone in a landscape mode.
A handy little phone with a very well thought out design sensibility and an almost rockstar name, I really like the Jade Z. It brings a touch of class, good battery life and great specs to an oft-relegated category. The Moto G until now was the one to watch but it is now the Jade Z that leads the pack here.