Acer Cloudmobile S500 Review



The Acer Cloudmobile S500 is to be the brand’s new top Android device. In the market, it is a mid range phone. Still, the Cloudmobile smartphone has a high-end standing because of its unique design. What makes this phone high-end and why is it still mid range? Let’s get behind the cloud.


The  design of the Acer Cloudmobile S500 has been awarded by the IF. It mentions Acer‘s sleeve design, “that wraps the device with soft and contoured surfaces and enhances handheld experience.” It also mentions the overall attention to details, as the stainless steel reciever in the front, the volume button and the Dolby speaker on the back.

To be honest, the Cloudmobile S500 has an outstanding grip. Both side edges and the back cover are made of a nice and soft grip material, similar to what HTC uses. The device is lightweight and has an excellent balance when holding it in your hand: the middle back of the phone is a little thinner at the Acer logo, which functions as a balance point. This is very subtile. So is the small edge at the screen. It not only pre-causes you unintentionally touching the screen, it also causes the screen not touching the surface of your table or what ever you’re laying your phone on, when turning it face down. The battery cover is very tightly attached to the body. This has a practical reason, for the NFC antenna is build in the back cover. As a result, the Cloudmobile is a very stiff device with a solid grip.

Acer has designed the Cloudmobile very symmetrical on two axis, both on the front and on the back. For me, this resulted in a very comfortable use, either portrait or landscape. On this point, the design reminds me to that of the former Palm Tungsten devices.


The Acer Cloudmobile S500 comes with a 4.3 inch HD IPS screen with a 720×1280 resolution and a 342 ppi density. Consider this. It’s smaller though not as thin as the all new Nexus 4 and has a higher density (318 ppi for the Nexus 4). The screen it beautiful, sharp and clear in daily use, it really surprised me. It’s powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor at a 1500MHz speed. It has 1GB of RAM and 8GB internal storage, of which 2.79GB is System taken, leaving 5GB for apps and more. There’s a lot to say about the amount of memory and running out of it. Considering you use 5GB for apps, you can store all your files on a Micro SD card (up to 32GB) or in the cloud. One can have many expectations and never use the potential. The Cloudmobile won’t let you down soon.