iPhone 3GS Rival Alert : Acer Drops Price Of Liquid Metal To £140

Expansys has dropped the price of the Acer Liquid Metal Android handset to only £140, which makes it one of the best value smartphones on the market.

The device, which costs less than half the price of the two-year-old Apple iPhone 3GS handset, packs a Qualcomm MSM 7230 SoC clocked at 800MHz, 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, a microSD card and a 3.6-inch capacitive touchscreen with WVGA resolution.

The phone is a tad thick (13.5mm) and heavy (135g) but its wealth of features (a five megapixel camera with AF and LED flash, HD video recording, Dolby mobile, SRS surround sound, Bluetooth, microUSB, AGPS, Wi-Fi, noise cancellation microphones, DLNA compatibility and more) outweigh the cons.

The phone comes with a 1500mAh battery which provides the device with 11 hours of talk time. It runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and some users have managed to upgrade it to Android 2.3.4 already.

Acer has thrown in its own proprietary user interface which might not be to the taste of everyone.

For under £150, two notable rivals include the Orange San Francisco II (at less than £100) and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (at a shade under £150).