Acer Liquid M330 Review - A Budget Phone With Windows 10 And LTE
|Acer Liquid M330 review|
Disclaimer: This unit was seeded by Acer Philippines for an honest review
Acer Liquid M330 SpecsDisplay: 4.5 Inch FWVGA IPS 854 x 480 resolution w/ Zero Air Gap at 218 ppi
CPU: Snapdragon 210 quad core processor
GPU: Adreno 304
RAM: 1 GB
ROM: 8 GB expandable via micro SD card slot up to 32 GB
Back Camera: 5 MP w/ LED flash
Selfie Camera: 5 MP
Battery: 2,000 mAh
OS: Windows 10
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 EDR, GPS, dual SIM, dual Standby
Dimensions: 136 x 66.5 x 9.6 mm
Weight: 142 g
Price: 4,490 Pesos
Unboxing / Accessories
|The artsy box|
Build / Design
|Back plate w/ circular speaker below|
The phone is all plastic which is understandable at this price range. While its not the rugged type of polymer, this won't break in an instant as long as you take care of it properly. On the glass part of the screen, its unfortunate not to find any type of glass protection though.
|View on top|
|Volume rockers here|
Fortunately, the M330 is a well engineered phone that makes it easy on the hands and provides average grip.
The M330 uses a 480 x 854 resolution packs a bit more pixel than the 480 x 800 that is Windows 10’s minimum supported resolution. On a 4.5 inch size screen (that’s 218 ppi) using an IPS LCD screen tech, it doesn’t exceed any expectations but it isn’t bad unless you use 350 or 500 ppi devices regularly. Pixels are visible but it doesn’t interfere with the UI or your daily use in any negative manner. Multi touch is available although by multi, I mean not more than 2 inputs at one time. There are no obvious options for calibrating the screen colour within the settings and 3rd party options in the store.
|Lowlight at night|
|Selfie in daylight|
PerformanceThe Acer M330 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8909, easier remembered as ‘210’ clocked at 1.0-1.1GHz with the Adreno 304 GPU. The phone barely gets warm when running intensive applications. This SOC is specified by Microsoft as the minimum requirement for low end windows 10 phones so we see some apple style of control here, and now some numbers;
VerdictDue to Microsoft having specified the hardware requirements, the manufacturers can’t really brag about having an octa-core or a higher resolution display, call it low-end and sell it as such. At its core, I really can’t put the Acer M330’s purpose as anything other than a taste of Microsoft’s Windows 10 mobile without having to break into your savings.
Even then it can feel like a missed opportunity at times what with the "little more than occasional" lag, stutter, and other fuzziness that even a competitively priced low end android is free of these days (at least on the first few months, longer if the user knows his phone's limits). Though that said, Microsoft’s decision to control elements of the products is a path to the ‘will have updates immediately available when available’ that on Android’s side is enjoyed only by the Nexus after more than 2 years down the line.
GIZ Rating: 3.75/5 Stars