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Unbiased Mobile Phone Review: Acer Liquid Z520

We were invited to the Bloggers Event and Launching of Acer Liquid Z520 where they gave 15 bloggers a brand new unit of Acer Liquid Z520.  Each blogger is tasked to review the unit and give feedback.  Here is our unbiased mobile phone review for Acer Liquid Z520.

Acer Liquid Z520 Phone Highlights:
  • 1.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5 Inch FWVGA Touch Screen Display
  • 8MP Rear Camera With LED Flash
  • 2MP Front Camera
  • 3G
  • Wifi
  • Bluetooth
  • DTS Sound System
  • 2000mAh Battery

Phone Highlighs Verdict:
  • Speed and Processor.  Acer Liquid Z520 is relatively fast and it lives up to the expectation of any Quad Core phone.  Apps loads quickly and transition is smooth.  The 1Gb RAM also helps prevents apps from crushing.
  • Screen Size.  Being a phone with a bigger screen this one is definitely an eye-catcher for those who love to watch videos, play games and even social media enthusiasts.  Great design on that.
  • Camera. The rear camera works very well and adjusts quickly to the surroundings. Impressive photos with the 8MB camera.  Despite good lighting sometimes the photo tends to be a bit darker.  The 2MP front camera is a bit dark so please ensure proper lighting.
  • Video Quality.  I have not really tried out using the video for long range shooting but I hope that this would be as good as the usual 8MP phones.
  • Network Connection.  Liquid Z520s price range could have offered a 4G or LTE ready phone already, however, this one limits you to the 3G network.
  • DTS Sound System.  Sound is cool and clear but I wish that it could have been a bit louder even when not on headset.
  • Battery Life.  This one has a good battery life and in fact is the first smartphone I have which can last an entire day without having to recharge.  Thanks as well to the CM Apps pre-installed in the phone.
Here are some sample photos taken through the cam.

  • Front camera - 16:9 !M 1280 x 720

  • Front camera - 4:3 2M 1600 x 1200 (This is the preferred setup for the front camera and can be really good for selfie

  • Read camera - 4:3 8M 3264 x 2448.  All of these photos are taken without using the flash.  So I would say the camera is really impressive.
Taken during The Felicidad Mansion Grand Food Tasting, food from Hizon's Catering

Taken during The Felicidad Mansion Grand Food Tasting, great setup by Manila Catering

The amazing and affordable new venue in Metro Manila, The Felicidad Mansion
  • Video - HD 720p

What's good with Acer Liquid Z520?
  • Great camera.  Acer Liquid Z520 has a great camera both front and back.  Just imagine before I have problem taking photos when there is very little night and worst when there is no light at all.  The flash function of the phone can make your photos look great even when there is total darkness.  Plus for selfie this one is also great.  Sometimes you do not even need a flash in taking your photos.
  • Voice Command.  "Selfie", "Cheese", "Capture", and other voice commands on the camera are way to cool although some of my friends said that I can just download an app and other phones will work the same.  At least with this one it is already included in the feature.  I also like the auto switch of the camera when you say "Selfie."

  • ab Apps.  This is another cool feature which allows you to share photos, videos, documents, etc across various devices including your PC and other mobile phones.
  • Pre-installed Acer Apps.  Unlike other mobile phone providers Acer invests in it's own branded apps to increase your phones usefulness, capability and helps in its maintenance.  One of the many problems I encounter with previous mobile phones I have is the fact that you do not have any application to fix certain problems but with this one you can be assured that you will be taken care of.  Some of these Acer tools are:Acer Portal, Acer Snapnote, Easy Hotspot, Live Screen, System Doctor and a Quick Guide.
  • Quick Mode.  Acer Liquid Z520 allows you to select 3 custome modes depending on your needs.  (1) Basic Mode: for youngsters with fixed call and text functions, (2) Easy Mode: for silver surfers with access to quick messages, radio, weather, clock, quick call contacts, and (3) Standard Mode: for the advance smartphone user familiar with the Android interface.
  • Casing.  The casing and colors are also awesome.  Comes in black and in white.
  • ISO on photos.  I comment Acer Liquid Z520 for adding this setting on the image settings for photo capture and I hope it works really good.

Acer Liquid Z520 Suggestions:
  • Screenshot.  Doing the screenshot is simple Volume + Power button right?  It would be helpful that these buttons are located on separate sides of the phone.
  • Lights On.  Adding lights on the 3 buttons below the main screen would really help a lot specially in determining whether you have already touched the proper key or if there is a new message.
  • Off battery Charging.  It is the first ever phone which I encountered where there is no progress bar when you are charging the phone in off mode.  How can you possibly determine the percentage of charge when there is none.  Adding this would be a great plus.
  • Screen Protector.  Well a 5-inch screen is not usual so why not include a custom Acer screen protector or better have an upgrade with a Gorilla glass.  That would be awesome.
  • Video and Photo Hand Zoom.  There is a scroller button which you can use to zoom photo or video but how I wish you could also use hand gestures.
  • Do not execute!.  This is my expression when I press changing modes from photo to video.  I just wish that clicking on the video when you are in photo mode and on photo when you are in video mode would not execute capturing first but instead execute a switch of mode.  
  • Video Pause.  I hope I am not mistaken but there is only the stop button on the video, a pause button would be cool.
Acer Liquid Z520 is initially priced at Php4,999 and is already a good phone of choice despite the many features which I hope this phone would have.  If you are looking for something big that is fit for gaming and social media then go for Liquid Z520.

Acer also offers their IT Doctor which allows you to bring your phones to any 2Go branch for warranty servicing.  Once the phones are fixed the product will be delivered to you at your door step.

Quick FAQ about Acer Liquid Z520

  • How to you disable Quick Mode or change modes on Acer Liquid Z520?
Turning Quick Mode off Swipe down from the top of the screen to open the Notification area. Tap the Settings icon in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. Set a passcode if you have not previously set one. Tap OK. Tap the Settings icon in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. Tap Exit Quick Mode.
  • How do you take a screenshot on Acer Liquid Z520?
Just press volume down and power button simultaneously.

  • How do I improve video resolution on Acer Liquid Z520?
You can nstall snap camera hdr and you can record in full hd resolution,

Thanks to Acer for allowing us to review the Acer Liquid Z520.  We are looking forward to their upcoming phones and other models which I think would really be awesome.

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