Acer America announced Wednesday that its Liquid E handset is now available through an exclusive deal with Rogers Wireless. Effective immediately, customers can pick up the Android 2.1 device for as low as $49.99 as long as they agree to a three-year contract. The Liquid E features a 3.5-inch WVGA touch display, a 5-megapixel camera, and support for Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) and HSDPA 7.2Mbps. The underclocked 768MHz Snapdragon processor and 256MB of RAM might not stand up next to phones like the EVO 4G, but it should be more than enough for your typical user.
The Liquid E offers the ability to synchronize and back up files, contacts, the calendar, and Web bookmarks. Quick Contacts not only makes it easier to find friends and family, but also it allows for users to locate them on a map. Acer has taken steps to tweak the Android user experience by updating the updated lock screen, creating custom widgets, and preloading apps like Spinlets and UrFooz.
Unlike most Android phones, the Liquid E features three XT9 keyboards, including QWERTY, half-QWERTY Qwerty, and 12-Digit Numeric. All three offer predictive text, autocorrection, and multilingual dictionaries.
I find it reassuring to see companies like Acer trying their hand at Android and somewhat succeeding. Though we aren't likely to see any of the company's products here in the United States, it's good to see someone keeping Motorola, HTC, and Samsung busy.