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Acer Iconia A1 review

Budget Android tablet looks solid but unexceptional

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 768
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • 4:3 screen
  • Good connectivity
  • Strong battery

Against

  • Better-spec tablets are cheaper
  • No word on newer Android
  • Screen poor
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The iPad Mini 2 and new Google Nexus 7 might be all the rage in some circles, but they start at £319 / £199 respectively - so what about this £160 tablet?

Weighing 410g (14.5oz), this 8-inch Android alternative is 25 per cent heavier than the original iPad mini, and somewhat thicker at 11.1mm (0.4 inches) slim, too.

The Acer Iconia A1 offers a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 at 1.2GHz, with 1GB RAM, which wasn't bad at launch - and still holds its own now, although it's been out-done by the quietly impressive Tesco Hudl.

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The screen here is nothing on its smaller 7-inch rivals, the Asus Fonepad or even the pricier Google Nexus 7, but it feels much bigger.

In practice this tablet won't avoid comparison to the Nexus 7, but in use the Acer Iconia A1 feels much bigger. The screen's single inch advantage in the diagonal measurement hugely increases the overall screen real estate. Its 4:3 aspect ratio just looks and feels more productive than the smaller Nexus 7's 16:10 shape screen.

In technical terms it matches the iPad mini 2, though the chassis is plastic all over - white on the back and silver at the sides. The screen bezel measures 23mm above and below, and 12mm at the sides, so as such it resembles an iPad mini, if only relatively loosely.

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Unlike Apple's mini (Wi-Fi only) effort, GPS features here, which could help put the Acer Iconia A1 in the driver's seat, while it's equipped with cameras back and front that manage five and 0.3 megapixels, respectively.

Our Acer Iconia A1-810 review sample had 16GB of storage built-in, though only around 12GB was usable. It also had Wi-Fi connectivity, although there's also a 3G option for £40 more.

Features

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Like the iPad mini, the Acer Iconia A1-810 has a 4:3 aspect ratio that appeals to us, especially for browsing, though it does mean black bars above and below widescreen movies. It's consequently got the same resolution as its rival, too, with 1024 x 768 pixels on its 8-inch LCD panel.

Physically the Acer has a few hidden gems, with GPS and its quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 1.2GHz processor leading the way.

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Held in portrait orientation, the left side is completely barren of buttons and connections. On the top is a single standby button on the right, while the bottom hosts a 3.5mm headphones jack and a micro USB slot (for charging and file transfers), also on the right.

The right-hand side hosts the rest of the ins and outs - an HDMI output for routing to a TV and a volume rocker both flank the Acer Iconia A1's microSD card slot.

That's certainly something the iPad mini doesn't offer, and it does mean the Acer Iconia A1's native 16GB storage can be improved upon by as much as 32GB extra. Still, a USB slot, as found on the Acer Iconia Tab A210, would have been great - what a brilliant idea.

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In the centre of the top of the tablet is a VGA camera for video calls and basic selfies, while the rear optic - housed in the right-hand corner as you look at the screen - manages five megapixel images and Full HD video at 30 frames per second.

There's a single speaker on the back of the Acer Iconia A1, so get your headphones at the ready.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerMediaTek
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Maximum Battery Run Time9.50 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
GPSYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyICONIA A1-810
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor ModelMT8125T
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Screen Size20.1 cm (7.9")
Number of Cells2-cell
Screen Resolution1024 x 768
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)410 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height11.1 mm
Width145.7 mm
Depth208.7 mm
Screen ModeXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesA1-810
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelA1-810-81251G01nw
Product NameICONIA A1-810-81251G01nw Tablet
Product LineICONIA
Aspect Ratio4:3
Manufacturer Part NumberNT.L1CEE.003
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

Everything within reach

The Iconia A Series delivers ultra mobility with no-compromise performance for your daily adventures. These tablets run fast and smooth, pairing the tablet-tailored Android™ operating system with potent processors. Plus, you can choose your kind of tablet experience: essential work and fun, extended battery life, or premium.

Package Contents
  • ICONIA A1-810-81251G01nw Tablet
  • AC Adapter