Toni Gonzaga-Endorsed Acer Liquid Jade Launched- Hands On, First Impressions

 

Two announcements from Acer – their 2014 flagship phone, the Liquid Jade, and Toni Gonzaga as their smartphone ambassador.

Toni Gonzaga Acer Liquid Jade

The Acer Liquid Jade is a beauty to behold – sleek physique, svelte build, vivid display, and easy to hold.

Acer Liquid Jade Hands on Review

Acer Liquid Jade Specs

5″ IPS ‘Zero Air Gap’ HD display
1280×720 resolution, 294 ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
1.3GHz MediaTek MT6582 quad-core processor
Mali-400MP2, 2GB RAM
16GB storage, up to 32GB via microSD
13MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture
0.3-second autofocus, 1080p video recording
2MP front camera
3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
7.5mm thin | 145 grams
Dual-SIM, 2100mAh battery
Android 4.4 KitKat
SRP 14,990.00

 

Acer Liquid Jade side

The Liquid Jade is thin enough, though not the thinnest. The curved sides make it comfy to hold. There’s a solid heft to holding it.

 

Acer Liquid Jade back

The rear camera makes for an ever so slight bump, one that’s hardly noticeable when placed flat on a table. The white plastic back is not as slippery as I thought, which is a good thing.

 

Acer Liquid Jade rear bottom

I wasn’t able to test the speaker sounds, since Toni Gonzaga’s performance was loud and booming. But that concentric circle of speaker holes looks promising.

 

Acer Liquid Jade Camera

The Liquid Jade’s stock camera is rather standard-looking except for an immediate access to panorama mode, right under the onscreen camera shutter key. Also, the phone in this picture is slightly fighting off glare, but the screen held its own. So that’s good. All in all, the Acer Liquid Jade was snappy, responsive, every app I launched seemed fluid.

 

Toni Gonzaga Acer Execs

Left to Right: Agnes Neria-Espino (Product Marketing Manager, Acer Philippines), Andrew Chuang (Product Marketing Manager, Acer), Jason Chen (Corporate President and CEO of Acer), Toni Gonzaga (Acer Smartphone Ambassador), Manuel Wong (General Manager, Acer Philippines), S.T. Liew (President, Smartphone Business Group, Acer), and Dio Vazquez (Senior Product Manager, Acer Philippines).

At P14,990.00, the Liquid Jade is a bit pricey. The Xiaomi Mi 3, at P10,600, runs a full HD display with a great deal more ppi. Also, while 2GB RAM may be the minimum for a 2014 flagship Android, the ASUS ZenFone 5, a P6,500 midrange phone, also has 2GB of RAM. Lastly, the Liquid Jade has a 2MP selfie camera when 5MP is the new minimum, as with the Gionee Elife S5.5.

But there’s no denying the phone’s allure – it feels good in your hand, a solid piece, and beautiful.

Acer General Manager Manuel Wong

Acer General Manager Manuel Wong opens the launch of the Liquid Jade.

The Liquid Jade leads Acer’s just-released Liquid line of smartphones which include, the 5.7″ Liquid X1 phablet, the Triple SIM Liquid E700, and the budget 4″ Liquid Z200. At the launch of their Liquid line, Acer also updated their Iconia line of tablets.

 

 

Author

Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.