The 4.3” IPS LCD on the Acer CloudMobile S500’s front has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, which adds up to a density of around 340 ppi. Quite an impressive number indeed and one that can make some high end smartphones like the Galaxy S III, iPhone 5 and Lumia 920 green with envy.
The screen produces good vibrant colors, thanks to its full RGB matrix and the IPS panel helps the impressively wide viewing angles. It’s not the brightest unit we’ve seen around the office but it’s definitely not too bad either.
We’ve prepared our display breakdown for you guys so you can judge the Acer CloudMobile S500’s screen on its own merits.
|Display test||50% brightness||100% brightness|
|Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2||Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2|
|Acer CloudMobile S500||0.28||266||936||0.50||530||1063|
|HTC One X||0.15||200||1375||0.39||550||1410|
|Sony Xperia U||0.35||287||831||0.55||515||930|
|Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160||0.24||225||921||0.59||500||843|
|Apple iPhone 5||0.13||200||1490||0.48||640||1320|
You can find more about our screen testing procedures here.
Handling the Acer CloudMobile S500 is a breeze and we really enjoy the comforting feel of the rubberized back panel and side frame. Many will frown at the all-plastic construction but the smartphone is undoubtedly well made.
Holding the device in one hand still allows you to use the screen with your thumb, if you have medium or larger hands.
Overall, there’s plenty to like about the Acer CloudMobile S500 hardware. It has an interesting and easily distinguishable look and it offers some nice ergonomics.