Summary: Acer Iconia Tab 8 gives an overall good impression. For the low pricing that it has, it comes with attractive aluminium back cover, good manufacturing quality, high resolution, quad core processor and fairly long battery life. However, the downside is that there is not enough storage. There is only 9GB storage available for the users to use and the integrated cameras not always give a good photo quality.
Conclusion: Comparisons will inevitably be made with the iPad mini and its 7.9″ Android rivals as highlighted above, and while Apple may win when it comes to design aesthetic and build quality, Acer have got them boxed in the corner when it comes to included features and expandability. The Acer Iconia A1′s screen isn’t great, it’s heavy compared to others and some of the most challenging games are a little too much for the MTK quad-core processor.
Excerpt: Acer didn’t just show two Windows 8 machines today, the Aspire R7 and the Aspire P3, but they also took a moment to give its new Android tablet, the Iconia A1, its own moment in the sun. The Acer Iconia A1 features a 7.9-inch display with IPS technology, which means its viewing angles will be very good, a quad-core processor and fits perfectly in one hand, even a hand as small as mine.
Summary: Budget Android tablet looks solid but unexceptional
Pros: 4:3 screen, Good connectivity, Strong battery, Despite its drab design, the Acer Iconia A1 is a very solidly made tablet that we'd be happy to throw around a house for a few years at least. The Touch WakeUp app proves useful in removing a layer of often pointless security, while we love the microSD card slot and HDMI out ports - both of which being features that iPad mini 2 owners miss out on. Few tablets of this price have dual cameras, while we're also fans of Acer'...
Cons: Better-spec tablets are cheaper, No word on newer Android, Screen poor, With Apple improving the iPad mini display, as well as Google and Amazon also pushing hard in this area, the Acer simply can't keep up. Looking to beat its rivals on price above all else, Acer hasn't allowed itself to get to carried away with hardware generally. The use of grey plastic around its rim isn't fooling us, though it's the white plastic reverse that compares especially badly to an iPad ...
Excerpt: Acer's budget Android tablet takes some design cues from the iPad Mini , in that it has a 7.9in 4:3 display, rather than the 16:9 widescreen displays found on most Android tablets. It also has an impressive specification for a £160 tablet, but Android is notoriously picky when it comes to screens that don't stick to the tried and tested 16:9 aspect ratio.
Excerpt: ‘Light’ and ‘plastic’ and the first two words that come to mind when we took out Acer’s Iconia A1 7.9-inch tablet from the box. This does not necessarily mean it is cheap and nasty, but first impressions do count, and that was ours. The back is indeed made of plastic, while the front is glass, although feels plastic. Still, it seems a reasonably solid unit, and although thicker than the similar iPad, feels light.
Pros: Cheap, light and therefore portable
Cons: Front camera; resolution could be better; wifi only