Acer Liquid X2 Review: Switchboarding: Browsers, Other Apps

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Four browsers, because... why not?

The Liquid X2 comes with four browsers pre-installed, becautilize letting you download your own is too mainstream. You acquire a stock browser, Puffin, UC Browser, and Chrome.






Browsers: Stock • Puffin • UC • Chrome

Other pre-installed apps

The Liquid X2 comes with a pre-installed copy of Polaris Office 5, which handles document editing with ease. It supports Word, Excel and PowerPoint docs (both the 2003 and 2007 versions), it also opens Portable Document Format (PDF) files and it doubles as a file explorer.






Polaris Office 5.0 can handle document editing on the move

The Acer Aid Kit includes System doctor, Power management and Backup and restore. The first one aims to clean up Random-Access Memory (RAM) and storage, while Power management keeps track of the apps and hardware that hold a toll on your battery. It also gives access to a battery saver feature, which reduces brightness and performance and limits the utilize of non-essential radios.







System doctor • Battery saver

There's a simple file manager on board, but it does at least support batch actions.





File manager

Acer has thrown in a bundle of proprietary apps which can be accessed from the Acer Portal app, or from their separate icons. They require an Acer ID, and allow you to utilize your Personal Computer (PC) as a cloud storage solution for your smartphone. Naturally, additional software needs to be installed on the Personal Computer (PC) as well.

abFiles is yet another file manager (third so far), which adds your Personal Computer (PC) cloud to the local storage, but other than that offers largely the same functionality. abMusic is the music player of the bunch, with support for playlists and sorting by albums, artists or genres. You can guess then what abPhoto is for. Meanwhile, AcerEXTEND allows you to control your smartphone from your Personal Computer (PC) via Universal Serial Bus (USB) or Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) connection.






Acer ab-apps

The Liquid X2 sports a Quick Mode which is in turn divided into Standard, Easy, and Basic, with progressively simpler interface. Standard and Easy retain the two-tier interface, with a simple homeclassy screen and an app drawer, while Basic only gets a homeclassy screen and is more child-oriented. All three come with a redesigned notification shade and larger icons across the interface.






Quick mode


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