This may sound a bit hypocritical considering I'm typing this on an Acer laptop, but Acer just isn't a tech company you get excited about, is it?
I mean, it makes decent enough kit, but you don't go out looking for the hottest new Acer release, just desperate to slap down some notes, do you?
And if you want to know why, it's because of products like the Liquid Z5, an Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean successor to last year's Liquid Z3 announced today ahead of CES 2014 in Las Vegas.
The name is better than most, and it looks OK – so long as you like white or grey – but that's where things settle down into full-bore mediocrity.
A 5in display sounds OK until you hear the resolution's just 480 x 854, then there's the 1.3GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A7 processor, 512MB RAM and 4GB storage, and a 5MP camera.
The price is about what you'd expect at €169 – around £140 – but of course the problem there is that for the same money the Motorola Moto G is an obviously better handset. This is the new reality for entry-level handsets hitting the market now, and to be honest if it rids us of mediocrity at all but the lowest of prices, so much the better.
Via GSM Arena