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Acer Liquid e early review: Android 2.1 is a liquid asset

The Acer Liquid e has a silly lowercase letter name stuck on the end, but it also packs in Android 2.1, the latest Google operating system

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Richard Trenholm
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As Mobile World Congress draws to a close, we tried out the last of Acer's crop of : the Acer Liquid e.

The Liquid e is the follow-up to the Liquid, except with a silly lowercase letter tacked on. The onscreen keyboard has been tweaked, the dictionary has been expanded... oh sorry, we nodded off there.

But we woke up again as the Liquid e offers Android 2.1, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. Being an Android phone, the Liquid e includes all manner of Google goodness. The browser is Google Chrome, it syncs your stuff to the cloud with Google Sync -- and to your Acer computers with Acer Sync -- and Gmail offers push email. Google Maps and Street View are built-in.

The phone is dominated by the 89mm (3.5-inch) touchscreen, which is capacitive and zippy. The Liquid e looks like a slab of a phone, but it's actually comfortable to hold. It's all screen, which is particularly useful when you flip it into landscape orientation and fire up the YouTube player or type a message.

The processor is the same underclocked 768MHz Snapdragon chip in the Liquid, which is a shame. We always like a speed boost. A 5-megapixel camera captures snaps, and records them to microSD. There's a mini-USB port and 3.5mm headphone jack too.

Click 'Continue' to flow through our gallery of the Liquid e in action.

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Access functions by dragging the home button up from the bottom of the screen.
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Photos can be viewed in a wall of thumbnails.
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The accelerometer knows when you've turned the phone sideways, flipping pictures and the onscreen keyboard.
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The phone packs 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth.
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One of the apps built-in to all Acer phones is urFooz, which creates little avatar pictures to represent you on the Web.
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You can choose haircuts, clothes and all sorts for your urFooz fella. Crave is a Pisces.
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The Liquid e also comes in red.
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The application interface is the bog-standard grid of icons, which you can drag up and down with a finger.
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Save your favourite apps to the home screen for quick access, as well as easy access to options such as Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. These are set on top of fancy animated wallpapers, like this soothing view of softly drifting leaves.

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