As we become more dependent on smartphones, we need more power for our daily use. Lately, people have been looking for smartphones with big batteries without sacrificing quality. A lot of Android OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) have listened and offered their own big battery smartphones. Acer for their part is offering the Acer Liquid Zest Plus. The company has been known for its good quality PCs but not on its smartphones. Its about time for them steal the limelight. So here’s our review.
Acer Liquid Zest Plus:
- 1.3GHz quad core Mediatek MT6735 processor
- Mali T720 MP2 graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal memory expadable via microSD
- 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
- 13 megapixel rear facing camera with phase detection/laser autofocus and LED flash
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- DTS HD sound
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS
- 5,000 mAh battery with fast battery charging
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Acer Liquid UI
- Price: P7,990
- Status: Available at Acer stores and retailers
Related article: Acer Liquid Zest Plus Unboxing and First Impressions
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
Acer get a perfect 10 for us when it comes on their laptop designs especially the new Acer Aspire S series which was announced a few months ago. But when it comes to smartphones they need a little more experience. The Acer Liquid Zest Plus is not that bad-looking but phones of the same price tag has already up the ante when it comes to looks and ergonomics. On the bright side, Acer has adopted Samsung’s old pebble like design of the Galaxy S3 which makes the phone delightful to hold despite the added heft. Circles are also prominent at this device.
Audio quality is relatively good thanks to the DTS HD sound-enabled speaker. That goes also with its audio quality when using our third party headphones.
To further maximize the battery and also to maintain its price tag, Acer opted to use 720p display instead full HD or 1080p. Despite its lower resolution, the 5.5-inch display is bright and vivid even under direct sunlight. Auto brightness also works well as it adjusts quickly depending on the lighting condition.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
The quad core Mediatek chipset inside the Acer Liquid Zest Plus performs well on our daily tasks. Although it can run games like Clash Royal or Pokemon Go well, it struggles a bit when playing graphic intense games like Dead Trigger 2 or NBA 2k17. On the flip side, it can handle multitasking well thanks to its 2GB of RAM.
The Acer Liquid UI has a close relevance to stock Android but with a few cosmetic tweaks. It is not our favorite UI so we decided to use Google Now Launcher. Just recently, we received a software update. A hefty 400MB update so many improvements and bug fixes. So far, the update brings the Acer Liquid Zest Plus to a more speedy level.
We’ve underestimated the device when it comes to camera. At first we don’t think photos won’t as good as its competitors of its price tag. We were surprised at the results. Photos are actually good – dynamic range, color accuracy, saturation though not perfect but for its price tag it is really, really good. With the recent software update. There were certain improvements on the camera too. 🙂
Calls using both Globe and Smart SIMs are clear with no distortions. It does have a dual SIM set up with a separate microSD card slot. LTE connectivity is also decent with no problems connecting using both leading networks.
Yes of course the battery. Our verdict is simple. It just won’t die. We left the Acer Liquid Zest Plus on standby from 100% fresh off the charger. We left for Batanes for about 4 days and left the phone on standby mode. As we returned home, it does still have 52% charge. Amazing!
On our intense battery draining test, we managed to get 18 hours of battery life with a staggering 6 hours and 12 minutes of screen on time. Our test includes a video loop of 3 hours, You Tube, I Want TV, games, social media, Viber calls and video calls. Oh my, this phone just won’t die!
WHO IS THIS FOR?
The Acer Liquid Zest Plus is a perfect companion when you are in a remote place with no electricity and powerbank with you. It will really last you for days and that is if you forgive its heftiness and old design. The good camera and the speedy performance helps compensate for its short comings.
- For out-of-towners – you will never bring a powerbank again. Ever.
- Fish memory like Dory of Finding Nemo – we know a lot of people who forget some tasks like charging their phones before leaving their home. This phone is for you.
- Loves white – this white model is just gorgeous
- Wants to stand out – looking for something unique and hates the Samsungs, Apples, etc.
- Who likes plastics than metals. Personally we hate plastics (we are referring to people). Toink! Hehe. 🙂