Acer Liquid Z330 review

This device was first presented at IFA 2015, but it somehow got lost in the background of many smartphones shown by Acer at that time. And now the novelty has reached the Russian shelves.

Content

Characteristics

  • Class: state employee
  • Form factor: monoblock
  • Body materials: matte smooth plastic
  • Operating system: Android 5.1
  • Network: GSM/EDGE, WCDMA, LTE (microSIM). Dual SIM support (one radio)
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 210
  • Processor: Quad-core 1.1 GHz
  • Video accelerator: Adreno 304
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Storage: 8 GB, microSD card slot (64 GB cards supported)
  • Interfaces: Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 (A2DP, EDR), microUSB connector (USB 2.0) for charge/sync, 3.5mm for headset,
  • Screen: 4.5'', capacitive, IPS-matrix, 480x854 pixels, automatic backlight level adjustment, oleophobic coating
  • Camera: 5 MP, video recording in 720p (1280x720 pixels), LED flash
  • Front camera: 5 MP
  • Navigation: GPS/Glonass (A-GPS support)
  • Sensors: accelerometer, position sensor, gyroscope, light sensor
  • Battery: removable, Li-Pol, 2000 mAh
  • Dimensions: 136 x 66.5 x 9.6 mm
  • Weight: 142 grams
  • Price: 5,600 rubles

Packages

  • Smartphone
  • Charger
  • PC cable (also part of charger)
  • Wired headset

Appearance, materials, controls, assembly

In 2015, most Acer smartphones share a plus or minus common design: white or black body, rounded edges, silver edging, playing with back cover materials, and the Z330 is no exception. Of the eye-catching elements, I will note only the round earpiece and external speakers, otherwise this is an ordinary smartphone, one of many.

Most of the front side is occupied by a 4.5-inch display, above it is a conversation speaker, a front camera peephole, a light indicator, as well as light and proximity sensors.

On the top you can see the power button and the 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Bottom - microUSB port and slot for removing the back cover.

A volume rocker was installed on the right side. She and the power button protrude strongly from the case, they are easy to feel, but the button travel seemed harsh to me.

Against the background of most modern smartphones, the Liquid Z330 can be called very compact, the point here, of course, is the screen diagonal of 4.5 inches. The device is comfortable to hold with one hand, although you can’t reach all the elements on the display with your thumb.

A thickness of 9.6 mm may seem large to some, but in this price segment 10 mm is becoming the norm, you can look at the size chart.

Compared to Apple iPhone 6

Screen

Characteristic Value Screen diagonal 4.5 inches Display resolution 480x854 pixels PPI value 218 Matrix type IPS Protective coating Glass Oleophobic coating Yes Automatic brightness control Yes Multi-touch support Yes, up to five simultaneous touches

A surprisingly good display for a budget model. To be honest, I did not even expect that an IPS-matrix would be used in such a device. It is, of course, relatively inexpensive, this is especially noticeable when evaluating viewing angles (the image fades strongly at an angle), but it is much better than TN matrices installed in budget models.

A pleasant surprise was the presence of an oleophobic coating, thanks to which the device is perceived in a completely different way.

I didn't like the automatic brightness control, it either greatly reduces the brightness, or increases it too much. As for the brightness range, it is also average, I want to reduce the minimum even more, the maximum is not enough for bright sunny weather. But let's not forget that we have a device for 6,000 rubles, and for this money the display here is quite good.

Operating system

The smartphone runs Android 5.1 with a few add-ons from Acer, I already talked about them in the Liquid Z630 review.

Performance

Characteristic Value Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 Processor Quad-core, 1.1 GHz Video accelerator Adreno 304 RAM 1 GB Internal storage capacity 8 GB Memory card Yes

Unlike some competitors, Acer decided to use a budget solution from Qualcomm in this model, rather than a chipset from Intel or MediaTek. On the one hand, Qualcomm guarantees us good GPS performance and LTE support (although other chipsets have no problems with this now), but on the other hand, it is quite weak in terms of performance.

The device lags a little even in everyday operations, the tables scroll with slight slowdowns, the browser also “stumbles” during operation, the same applies to third-party applications. If we talk about games, then you should rely only on the support of the simplest "casual games".

Offline work

Characteristic Value Battery capacity 2000 mAh Battery type Removable, Li-Pol Operating time in HD video viewing mode at maximum brightness (airplane mode on) 4 hours Reading time at 30% brightness (airplane mode on) 9 hours

Battery capacity by today's standards is very average, but the device perfectly "lives" in everyday use (mobile Internet, browser, mail, social networks, some music, the total screen activity is about two to three hours) for one day. These are standard results, nothing special.

Camera

An interesting feature of the model is the presence of 5 MP not only for the main camera, but also for the front camera. To be honest, I don’t understand at all why such a camera is needed in a budget model, it would be better to save on it and install a more efficient chipset. Below is a comment by Roman Belykh on the quality of shooting.

The optics of the Acer Z330 is quite simple, the aperture is only F2.8. The module is also not the best: if during the day the picture looks normal (although there is a lot of noise in the shadows), then in low light conditions the image turns into mush, however, noise reduction does its best to correctly remove noise.

The front camera is more interesting. Here the aperture is F2.4. The difference is small, but it allows you to set lower ISO values, so the frames come out a little brighter and less noisy. Suitable for selfies without any problems.

The device writes video in 720p resolution at 30 fps. Liked the quality, smooth. The only negative is that the exposure jumps.

Wireless interfaces

Interface Wi-Fi available Yes, b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct supported Bluetooth Yes, version 4.0, all popular profiles are supported, incl. A2DP GPS Cold start takes about 7 seconds Mobile data GSM 900/1800/1900, 3G, LTE, Dual SIM USB On-The-Go No

In terms of wireless interfaces, we have a standard set for a state employee, there is neither support for dual-band Wi-Fi, nor Bluetooth LE. On the other hand, we were pleased not only with the presence of slots for two SIM cards (which is already the norm for the budget segment), but also with the support of our LTE frequencies. Considering how "leaky" 3G coverage operators have, LTE is definitely a significant advantage of the model.

Conclusion

There are no complaints about the quality of speech transmission, you and your interlocutor can hear each other perfectly.

When the device first appeared on sale, the press release said that it would be sold for 7,000 rubles, but now it can be found for 5,600 rubles. In my opinion, this is an adequate price for such characteristics. Among the advantages of the model, I will highlight a good display, oleophobic coating, support for LTE, 5 MP front camera. Cons - lag in the interface.

Competitors

Lenovo A2010. An almost complete copy of the Liquid Z330, but running on the MediaTek MT6735M chipset and having a TN-matrix instead of IPS, retails from 5,400 rubles.

Asus Zenfone C. Another "clone" in terms of performance characteristics, this time on an Intel chipset and without LTE support and with the same TN-matrix, and even on Android 4.4. But it works much faster and has a very functional ZenUI shell.