Acer Liquid X2 review: Switchboarding

Switchboarding

GSMArena team, 14 May, 2016.

Telephony and loudspeaker

The phonebook and dialer have a very stock Android look, only they're a blend of Lollipop and Marshmallow. The latter lends the three-tabbed arrangement with favorites, log and contacts, but instead of icons the tabs get names like in Lollipop.

As part of the Float apps, the Liquid X2 has a Float caller toggle, which makes incoming calls appear in a small pop-up instead of full-screen. Smart dial is supported too, naturally.

Phonebook - Acer Liquid X2 review Phonebook - Acer Liquid X2 review Phonebook - Acer Liquid X2 review Phonebook - Acer Liquid X2 review Phonebook - Acer Liquid X2 review
Phonebook

The headline feature of the Liquid X2 is its triple-SIM support and it inevitably has a settings menu on how to handle them. You can assign a name to each card, as well as a color to identify it more easily. A preferred card must be selected for data, while calls and short message can be left on a case-by-case basis.

SIM card settings - Acer Liquid X2 review SIM card settings - Acer Liquid X2 review SIM card settings - Acer Liquid X2 review
SIM card settings

The loudspeaker of the Liquid X2 performed rather poorly in our test, falling in the Below average category. The Zenfone 2 ZE551ML isn't better, but Moto X Play is a few notches up and so is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Acer Liquid X2 61.9 62.1 67.1 Below Average
Samsung Galaxy J7 63.0 62.1 66.6 Below Average
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML 62.9 61.7 67.7 Below Average
Samsung Galaxy E7 66.2 66.2 74.1 Average
Huawei Honor 5X 71.1 65.6 70.7 Average
Asus Zenfone Selfie ZD551KL 65.9 66.1 75.7 Average
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 66.5 66.6 75.8 Good
Motorola Moto X Play 69.8 66.6 75.7 Good
Lenovo Vibe K4 Note 74.7 66.6 72.3 Good
Sony Xperia C4 (ClearAudio+ enabled) 71.1 70.5 79.9 Very Good
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus 72.8 71.3 81.9 Very Good
Oppo R7 Plus 73.7 72.8 79.9 Very Good
Meizu MX5 75.7 73.5 79.5 Excellent
OnePlus 2 75.7 73.5 80.7 Excellent
Microsoft Lumia 950 XL 74.9 75.7 84.3 Excellent

Messaging and text input

The Liquid X2 has a generic messaging app with threaded view of conversations. There are two email clients, the stock one and Gmail, guess which one is which in the screenshots below. You can't remove either, mind you.

Short messages - Acer Liquid X2 review Email - Acer Liquid X2 review Gmail - Acer Liquid X2 review
Short messages • Email • Gmail

Text input is handled by the Swype keyboard. It has word prediction, swipe input (imagine that), can be detached and moved around as well as squished to one side for easier one-handed access.

Swype keyboard - Acer Liquid X2 review Swype keyboard - Acer Liquid X2 review Swype keyboard - Acer Liquid X2 review Swype keyboard - Acer Liquid X2 review Swype keyboard - Acer Liquid X2 review
Swype keyboard

Reader comments

  • Adesh singh

We need 3 sim mobile phone

  • Eduardo Rocha

I like Acer liquid X2. I already bought it last October 2016. I bought it for these reasons; triple sim, battery life, screen size, 4g LTE capability, camera, flip cover and for games like Pokemon go .! I'm planning to get another one, different colo...

  • Des

Not worth buying, no upgrade support from Acer, and it's already two Android versions out of date.