Acer Liquid Gallant Duo (pre-order), SIM free, £149 delivered @ Expansys

Acer Liquid Gallant Duo (pre-order), SIM free, £149 delivered @ ExpansysGet this Acer Liquid Gallant Duo deal @ Expansys

This bad boy is getting a ton of heat over on the Deals of Hot UK. I speak of the Acer Liquid Gallant Duo, available to pre-order for £148.99 at Expansys.

Acer Liquid Gallant Duo specs include a 4.3in display (540 x 960), 1GHz single-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB storage (augmentable via microSD), and Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). Oh, and dual SIM capabilities - hence the name. Not too shabby.

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(Thanks to ds2909 at HUKD)

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CTPAHHIK  Aug. 27, 2012 at 14:18

Not exactly sure why HUKD is raving so much about this phone. Are there so many users that require dual SIM phone?
Phone has not shipped, so there are no reviews for it. Let's make a few assumptions of what you are actually getting for £150.
1GHz CPU + SGX531 - both are quite old by today's standards and absolute minimum a phone to be usable. For those of you who used Galaxy S1, Desire, Desire HD, Xperia Play this phone will not be any faster. I think it would be slower, compounding already unspectacular performance with (non - IPS) 540 x 960 screen paired up with SGX531. 1GB of RAM is definitely a plus, but when it comes to RAM more does not mean better. Yes, you can have more applications running in background and better multitasking for quite a short period of time that 1500 mAh battery can supply.
No doubt that Ice Cream Sandwich is massive improvement over Gingerbread as it seems to be the only Plus of this phone.
No reason to contemplate about camera or build quality as both should be inline with Acer previous models - look good on paper.

Overall, not a bad piece of hardware until one remembers that G300 sells for £80 these days and makes one wonder, if such a Gallant device can outbid it's budget competition that sells for half the price.

Quick glance at SE Play lying on my desk with original 16GB memory card does not incline me to recommend anyone to part with same amount of cash I did a year ago on a slower device. Wait for that £80 deal for G300

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 27, 2012 at 14:24

Not exactly sure why HUKD is raving so much about this phone. Are there so many users that require dual SIM phone?
Phone has not shipped, so there are no reviews for it. Let's make a few assumptions of what you are actually getting for £150.
1GHz CPU + SGX531 - both are quite old by today's standards and absolute minimum a phone to be usable. For those of you who used Galaxy S1, Desire, Desire HD, Xperia Play this phone will not be any faster. I think it would be slower, compounding already unspectacular performance with (non - IPS) 540 x 960 screen paired up with SGX531. 1GB of RAM is definitely a plus, but when it comes to RAM more does not mean better. Yes, you can have more applications running in background and better multitasking for quite a short period of time that 1500 mAh battery can supply.
No doubt that Ice Cream Sandwich is massive improvement over Gingerbread as it seems to be the only Plus of this phone.
No reason to contemplate about camera or build quality as both should be inline with Acer previous models - look good on paper.

Overall, not a bad piece of hardware until one remembers that G300 sells for £80 these days and makes one wonder, if such a Gallant device can outbid it's budget competition that sells for half the price.

Couldn't have put it better myself.

CTPAHHIK  Aug. 27, 2012 at 14:39

Slow day in the office :)

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 27, 2012 at 14:44

Slow day in the office :)
You work in an office and don't get Bank Holidays off oO? Your boss is mean :(.

CTPAHHIK  Aug. 27, 2012 at 14:51

Bank holiday is only in UK and it's quite small compared to the rest of the world. There is vacation to offset bank holidays.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 27, 2012 at 15:04

Bank holiday is only in UK and it's quite small compared to the rest of the world. There is vacation to offset bank holidays.
Ahh, I just assumed you were in the UK, my bad, sorry.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 27, 2012 at 16:43

The "pre-order" thing makes this very iffy. I'm getting dizzy thinking of all the handsets that were available for "pre-order" on Expansys just to never actually materialise.
I'll pass. Though I have no doubt it's worth the extra bucks over the G300 - which, impressive as it is does feel cheap, also. (to me... but that could just be the Google Logo on the back :p )

AhmadCentral  Aug. 27, 2012 at 19:07

You guys realise the processor in this is better than the G300, it's a much better phone and a dual sim one at that which is usually very hard to find at a good price with such good specs.

Yes ok it's not the best phone ever and it could be considered expensive when compared to the G300. but it is an excellent price and spec for a dual sim phone which lots of people use. (Work/personal)

Also you guys should check out the Jiayu G2 Plus. It's a dual core phone that comes in around £110 and is better than the S2 spec wise (generally). Also the Jiayu G3 which is a high end HD phone is rumoured to come in around £150 ish.

Chinese and Taiwanese manufactures make some very good phones that are much cheaper than the counterparts here. Only problem is they're never sold in the UK officially. Only a few like Acer and Huawei do. But there are equally as good manufactures in china making good quality and spec'd phones.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 27, 2012 at 19:24

I parted with a G300 after 2 days 9impulse buy, doh) and returned to using my Acer Liquid MT for back-up. Ugly and old as it is, it just 'feels' better than the G300. And on occasion, I would have like to be using a dual-sim device... you know, 3G coverage gone when you most need it etc etc... I can think of many many other features less useful than dual-sim.
(many of those start with "S-..." :p )

Good point, Ahmad - the Euro-centric glasses have to come off, now and again. The notion that all chinese products are cheap, toxic copies is just ludicrous.

CTPAHHIK  Aug. 27, 2012 at 19:25

Processor is better, but GPU is very week for such a high resolution screen. I never used dual SIM phone, but don't think home/work example is a good one. At 150 quid it's not exactly a budget model, not Acer is know for it's quality. It's a pre-order and if it drops to 120 quid it would be a new SF. Definitely not a hot a deal at this point.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 27, 2012 at 19:53

the Euro-centric glasses have to come off, now and again.
I'll keep my ability to return the device, cheap and plentiful cases etc, great developer support and a brand I have (at least some) faith in.

Hyundai and Kia make great cars nowadays (mostly), but I won't be trading my Audi in for one any time soon. There's just something about a trusted brand that I'm willing to pay extra for (not to mention the fact that you get more back when you sell the car/phone/tablet/whatever you've bought).

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 27, 2012 at 19:53

Processor is better, but GPU is very week for such a high resolution screen. I never used dual SIM phone, but don't think home/work example is a good one. At 150 quid it's not exactly a budget model, not Acer is know for it's quality. It's a pre-order and if it drops to 120 quid it would be a new SF. Definitely not a hot a deal at this point.
+1 on the GPU front, especially pushing qHD levels of pixels.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 27, 2012 at 19:56

the Euro-centric glasses have to come off, now and again.
I'll keep my ability to return the device, cheap and plentiful cases etc, great developer support and a brand I have (at least some) faith in.

Hyundai and Kia make great cars nowadays (mostly), but I won't be trading my Audi in for one any time soon. There's just something about a trusted brand that I'm willing to pay extra for (not to mention the fact that you get more back when you sell the car/phone/tablet/whatever you've bought).


That is true, but it's a separate aspect, innit? The Pre 3 is/was a great device, and who'd have known that HP would make it impossible to get it fixed or provide spares so someone else can fix it?
Also, weird. I drive an Audi, too... Wonder what Treab makes of it? :D

AhmadCentral  Aug. 27, 2012 at 20:04

Yep, GPU isn't the best out there. But it's not exactly the worst phone for the price. For example if you look at HTC, Sony, LG etc... all of their £150+ handsets have worse specs, smaller screens and are not as good as the Acer. Look at the Desire C which is still being sold for £170.

Acer have a good dual sim handset here and at a good price with a UK seller. Like i said, it's not the best deal in the world. But this phone will suit some types of people, and like CTP said, if it does drop in price it could become another OSF or Acer Liquid Metal which was a very good phone.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 27, 2012 at 20:14

the Euro-centric glasses have to come off, now and again.
I'll keep my ability to return the device, cheap and plentiful cases etc, great developer support and a brand I have (at least some) faith in.

Hyundai and Kia make great cars nowadays (mostly), but I won't be trading my Audi in for one any time soon. There's just something about a trusted brand that I'm willing to pay extra for (not to mention the fact that you get more back when you sell the car/phone/tablet/whatever you've bought).


That is true, but it's a separate aspect, innit? The Pre 3 is/was a great device, and who'd have known that HP would make it impossible to get it fixed or provide spares so someone else can fix it?
Also, weird. I drive an Audi, too... Wonder what Treab makes of it? :D

I always imagined you as a G-Wizz/Prius/Save-the-planet-eco-box driver (no offence) :p. Which Audi have you got? Not that it matters, they're all lovely inside and out, just the A3 and A1 are overpriced. Still, they're undeniably nice cars in their respective sectors. Forego your next few holidays abroad for a 2nd hand RS6...you know you want to ;).

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 27, 2012 at 20:17

Which ONE? I don't know... I'm not into cars. :p It's some turbo diesel A4, and in 3 years I spent exactly zero €€€ on repairs. That's good enough for me.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 28, 2012 at 05:01

Which ONE? I don't know... I'm not into cars. :p It's some turbo diesel A4, and in 3 years I spent exactly zero €€€ on repairs. That's good enough for me.
How can you be more into unnecessary smartphones than you are the vehicle which carries and protects you and your family whenever you want to go somewhere oO (not to mention cost a shed load of money)?

The A4's a good car; generation for generation, it has the classiest interior in its class, IMO. I had a TDi A6 before my current car, can't disagree with you about the reliability, good old German engineering at its best. It was a little too...boring (wrong word, but I'm too tired to think of a decent replacement) for my taste. My better half wanted something "safe and sensible".

Treab  Aug. 28, 2012 at 08:36

the Euro-centric glasses have to come off, now and again.
I'll keep my ability to return the device, cheap and plentiful cases etc, great developer support and a brand I have (at least some) faith in.

Hyundai and Kia make great cars nowadays (mostly), but I won't be trading my Audi in for one any time soon. There's just something about a trusted brand that I'm willing to pay extra for (not to mention the fact that you get more back when you sell the car/phone/tablet/whatever you've bought).


That is true, but it's a separate aspect, innit? The Pre 3 is/was a great device, and who'd have known that HP would make it impossible to get it fixed or provide spares so someone else can fix it?
Also, weird. I drive an Audi, too... Wonder what Treab makes of it? :D

I always imagined you as a G-Wizz/Prius/Save-the-planet-eco-box driver (no offence) :p. Which Audi have you got? Not that it matters, they're all lovely inside and out, just the A3 and A1 are overpriced. Still, they're undeniably nice cars in their respective sectors. Forego your
next few holidays abroad for a 2nd hand RS6...you know you want to ;).


In the words of Jeremy clarkson audi cars are driven by c*cks .... Add on the mod thing and boom case closed.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 28, 2012 at 12:04

Which ONE? I don't know... I'm not into cars. :p It's some turbo diesel A4, and in 3 years I spent exactly zero €€€ on repairs. That's good enough for me.
How can you be more into unnecessary smartphones than you are the vehicle which carries and protects you and your family whenever you want to go somewhere oO (not to mention cost a shed load of money)?

The A4's a good car; generation for generation, it has the classiest interior in its class, IMO. I had a TDi A6 before my current car, can't disagree with you about the reliability, good old German engineering at its best. It was a little too...boring (wrong word, but I'm too tired to think of a decent replacement) for my taste. My better half wanted something "safe and sensible".

For me a car is something that takes me to work - a job I need to, well, pay for the car to get me there :D

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