The dual-SIM, oddly named Acer Liquid Z110 Duo is now available for purchase in the UK, unlocked no less and for a great price.
The Z110 was first spotted in Hong Kong a couple of months ago, where it was supposed to be out in December. The UK gets it sooner, though. Unfortunately, while traveling from Hong Kong to the UK, the Acer Z110 got a software version downgrade. Even if we heard that it would run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in Hong Kong, the model available in the UK comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board.
And that’s not the only sad part. The Z110 has just 256 MB of RAM, and that alone should keep you from ever buying one. Android barely performs adequately with 512 MB of RAM. With half that, it’s basically not that much of a smartphone OS, rather a laggy glorified featurephone thing. With a few apps. Why a few? Because this device comes with 256 MB of built-in storage as well. Meaning that you shouldn’t count on being able to install more than 10-20 apps before you run out of space (and don’t even think about games). Yes, you can ‘move’ apps to the SD card (the Z110 thankfully at least comes with a slot for that), but not everything is moved, and in fact you are left with big parts of the app on the incredibly small internal storage. Which you will run out of very, very quickly.
The low-end hardware doesn’t stop there. The Acer Z110 has a single-core 1 GHz processor, a 3.5-inch 320×480 touchscreen, a 3 MP camera, 3G on one SIM (7.2 Mbps HSDPA), GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, an FM radio, and a measly (how else?) 1,300 mAh battery. Though with such low-end specs, it may just last you one day. After all, because of the rest of the specs, you won’t be using this phone much for anything (except, perhaps, talking).
The price is obviously low. Very low, in fact. Just £110.40. However, that really shouldn’t ‘convince’ you to buy this abomination. It will be a pain to use, and you’ll get the wrong idea about Android (or smartphones in general, should this be your first ever). Don’t buy it for a relative either – unless you want them to stop talking to you. Don’t buy it as a second device, because it will still be frustrating to use. And please don’t buy it for its dual-SIM capabilities. Yes, there’s a great shortage of decent dual-SIM smartphones on offer in the UK, but that doesn’t mean you should just grab the first one you see.
This would have been an acceptable product back in 2010, but not today.
If, despite all the arguments above, you somehow still want to shoot yourself in the foot by purchasing this low-end mess, please head over to Clove right now to do so. Just know – you’ve been warned.