Cheap competitor for iPad Mini ?
Acer has recently launched a brand new 7,9” Tablet that is supposed to be a cheaper alternative to its contenders Samsung Note 3 and IPAD Mini.
In fact Acer has started an attack of the cheaper tablets with fine characteristics against a segment where other developers haven’t managed to infiltrate except a couple of models such as Asus Memo Pad.
Although it doesn’t even come close to the quality and performance of Samsung Note 3 or iPad Mini, Acer Iconia A1 is a Tablet with a very good price-quality ratio.
At half the price of an iPad, Acer Iconia comes with a Quad-Core CPU, HDMI output and the latest version of Android 4.2.2.
The design of the Tablet is a traditional one, quite thick compared to other tablets yet it is very light. As for the hook-up there is a micro SD card slot, HDMI output and both a front and a rear webcam. The rear webcam is 5MP and can record videos of 1080p at 30 fps.
The Tablet has a 7,9” IPS multi-touch 5 point widescreen. The Touch Screen operates really well, it is intuitive and launches the apps instantly.
An interesting characteristic similar to that of the iPAD Mini is that if the corner of the Touch Screen is kept pressed with your finger the rest of the screen reacts to other commands like scroll, launch or zoom.
A downside to the screen is its luminosity. We have compared Acer Iconia with Asus Nexus or Samsung Galaxy Tab p3110 and the screen is much darker.
Although it has Backlit Led technology, Acer Iconia presents difficulties in brightly lit environments as the screen reflects both natural and artificial light.
The tablet is equipped with a Quad-Core CPU and 1 gb RAM memory, ensuring the fluid rendering of high-quality apps and complex games.
The 4 nucleus CPU allows multitasking – 2 or more apps can be run simultaneously at the same rate. The internal memory ranges from 8 to 16 gb and can be extended by means of a micro SD card.
As for the operating system we are grateful to Acer for coming with the latest Android version installed, specifically JellyBean 4.2.2. that run optimally with the components we have just presented. Acer has also included its very own app package and a cloud service that can be found on other Tablets such as its younger sister Acer Iconia B1.
Among these apps you can find Acer’s new Touch WakeApp gesture which gives its users one-touch fast access directly upon waking from sleep. The Iconia A1 also provides the Google experience with services like Google Now, Google Search, Gmail and YouTube, as well as other great content such as magazines, movies, games, books and more than 700,000 apps from the Google Play Store.
At a more than fair price, Acer Iconia has Bluetooth v 4.0 and GPS connection. As for connecting to the Internet it is made possible thanks to the Wi-Fi receiver compatible with b/g/n standards.
The sound quality of the Iconia Tab has unfortunately disappointed us, the Tablet having only one speaker in the back, which is not able to render songs at a satisfactory volume level. They are basically average class smartphones which have a better speaker than the Acer Tab.
All in all, the Iconia tablet is a best-buy for those who want maximum performance for a minimal price.
For this minimal price we have here a Tablet equipped with HDMI hook-up, Bluetooth and GPS and a Quad-Core CPU as well as a webcam that records Full-HD videos.
Acer Iconia has some weak points as well – the display is quite dark and the sound is very poor. A compromise has probably been made to achieve a reasonable price, yet overall this Tablet is worth buying because currently there isn’t any contender belonging to the same price range with its characteristics.