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An Overview of the Acer Iconia Android Tablet

The market for budget line Android tablets is hot right now. More people want to get the most value for their money and don’t want to spend a lot of money just to get a branded one.

Based on a poll, many tablet owners use their tablets to browse the internet. Tablet manufacturer know this well so they developed budget line tablets with enough power for browsing. However, low spec tablets may suffer from slow performance.

Enter the Acer Iconia Android tablet, Acer’s entry to the budget line tablet arena. With a $194 price tag, it is built to compete with the likes of the Nexus 7 which is one of the top selling budget Android tablets. It has a 3G version available for $249.

Spec Overview:

The Acer Iconia features a decent 7.9 inch screen with a fair resolution of 768 x 1024 (162 ppi). It has a 5 Megapixel camera and a 2 Megapixel front cam. 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory which can be expanded using a micro SD card. It also features a Bluetooth 3.0 and single-band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. It also has a GPS feature which is pretty nice for a budget line tablet.

Build Quality and Looks:

The Iconia A1’s front panel looks like the Apple’s Ipad, although it has a plastic build. It will feel a little cheap but it does the job pretty well. It has a dimension of 208.7 x 145.7 x 11.1mm and weighs around 410g. It’s neither the thinnest nor the lightest tablet around but of course, you get what you pay for.

The Screen:

The Iconia’s display is reasonable for its price. Of course, you won’t expect a top notch display quality but for $195, it’s pretty decent. It’s not the most touch sensitive screen also so for games which require a lot of tapping, this issue is one thing to consider. The resolution is pretty good though it’s not HD and it only has a 4:3 aspect ratio. The screen is a little glossy so it’s not

that good for outdoor viewing. For indoor use, the screen does the job pretty well.

Performance:

The Iconia A1 features Dual Core Intel Atom Clovertrail clocked at 1.6 GHz CPU which is pretty average for android operated tablets. Android is known for higher processing power requirements so a dual core CPU might not still give you a top notch performance but it does the job pretty well.

It’s built for browsing and Acer knows its target market. It’s not the best tablet for gaming but it is good for casual gaming.

OS and Software:

It comes with Android Jellybean 4.2.2 which is not the latest version (4.4 Kitkat) which is handled well by the processor. It comes with the Acer Cloud, an Image Editor, and a few games. It has full suites for Google play apps including Google Play Store.

Battery life:

For more or less $200, it has a pretty decent battery life which is good for a day or two on one full charge if used just for browsing.

Final Thoughts:

The Acer Iconia Android tablet is a pretty good buy for its price. It’s built for web browsing and casual gaming. The looks are classy and it doesn’t feel very cheap. It is a viable option for people seeking a budget line tablet with good specs and quality.

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