iPhone 3GS Rival Alert : Acer Liquid Metal Down To £130

The Acer Liquid Metal Android smartphone can now be purchased for £130 from Expansys, a big drop from its suggested retail price of £330.

Acer touts the phone as one that comes with "premium quality, industry leading design"; it runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and includes Acer's Social Jogger, an aggregator of social services as well as Acer's own user interface.

Compared to the Apple iPhone 3GS, which sells for £319, the handset has a bigger display and a much higher resolution: at 3.6 inches and 800x480 pixels compared to 3.5 inches and 320x480 pixels.

It also has a faster processor, a Qualcomm MSM7230 system on chip clocked at 800MHz, 512MB RAM, 512MB of onboard storage and a microSD card slot (given that you can now grab a 32GB microSD card for under £25, that could be a worthwhile purchase).

Other features include a 1500mAh battery that provides it with almost half a day of talk-time, a five megapixel camera with AF and HD video recording capabilities, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 2GB microSD card in the box.

The only other few rivals out under £150 include the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, the Orange San Francisco II and the Orange Monte Carlo.