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 Iconia Tab A1-810 is a decent 8-inch tablet that comes with a XGA (1024x768 pixels) screen, dual cameras (5-megapixel main camera, VGA front-facing one), MediaTek's 1.2Ghz quad-core processor, GPS, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a memory card slot.
Pros: Verizon 4G LTE network is incredibly fast, 32GB microSD card included, Integrated kickstand works in portrait and landscape
Cons: Battery life is among the worst we�ve ever seen, No 4G LTE power toggle option, Kickstand in landscape orientation blocks microUSB port
Excerpt: The third star of today’s global Acer press conference is the Iconia A1 Android tablet. This 8-inch slate is clearly aimed in the iPad Mini’s direction and probably aspires to edge out the Nexus 7 as well. The A1 isn’t as much of a standout as the computers Acer showed off today, but it’s price is impressively low.
Pros: Inexpensive ($170), Android Jelly Bean, Small and light
Cons: Somewhat cheap construction, 4:3 aspect ratio may be odd for some apps, No standout features
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.
Excerpt: The 7-8″ tablet market is a rather competitive one, with Apple and Asus at the top of the pile. The iPad Mini and the Google Nexus 7 are undoubtedly the market leaders and there are many other manufacturers trying to […]
Excerpt: I do love a good hand sized tablet, which is probably why I use my Nexus 7 every single day and also why I’m probably going to get the new Nexus 7 when it appears in this country. Can an alternative […]
Conclusion: It’s hard to think of a single way in which the Iconia A1-810 could be called outstanding. The screen is fine, performance adequate and battery life perfectly acceptable. It looks and feels like a solid budget tablet, and you won’t convince anyone that it’s an iPad mini-killer. Yet, at the same time, it’s actually a very nice little tablet to use.
Excerpt: Tablets have exploded on to the tech scene quite unlike any other product in the last few years. The Acer Iconica A1-810 can't perhaps be awarded with the same explosive level of anticipation compared to the levels raised by the announcements of the iPad mini or the Nexus 7, but the 8-inch Iconica A1 is rather like those two competitor models combined into one unit.
Pros: MicroSD card slot for expansion, runs well at this price point, budget iPad mini competitor, decent battery life
Cons: Lower resolution than some competitors, sunlight reflections from screen can make outdoor use tricky, 3G only available in 811 model (not available everywhere), plasticky build, 4:3 aspect ratio won't suit all apps