Tech Times | Budget Tab - Acer Iconia A1 -810
- Micro SD card slot
- Micro HDMI port
- 7.9 inch screen diagonally
- Resolution: 768 x 1024 pixels
- Global Positioning System (GPS)
- Build and Design
The tablet feels bulky but hollow at the same time. It also feels as if it weighs the same as an average notebook. I imagine it could withstand a few drops without breaking, but overall, it does not feel durable. The design is built for one-handed use, however, I found using two hands more practical. One-handed use was uncomfortable because of the screen width and slippery plastic backing of the tablet. Nonetheless, the overall size of the tablet is still small, making it quite easy to be transported. Acer has also built a dual camera into the Iconia A1-810, which is not usually found in this price range.
The tablet is controlled by the three virtual touch-buttons. From left to right, they are back, home screen and list current apps running. You will get haptic feedback once you press one of these buttons. On the home screen, a bar with apps will be above. If you swipe down from the top right-hand corner, you will be able to access settings, turn on/off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, TouchWakeUp and alter the brightness. Otherwise, you simply click on icons to traverse the interface. I found the virtual buttons slow in response at times, but overall, it was okay. I also found the TouchWakeUp feature hard to use as it did not work on most occasions.
Additional memory can be added by using a Micro SD card.
Iconia A1 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which is roughly three generations behind the latest Android OS. It also houses a 1.2 GHZ ARM quad core processor. The tablet is fairly responsive when opening apps and system functions. I have not seen it freeze immensely.
As for the camera, it is not the highest quality you can find at 5 megapixels, meaning that the rear camera produces very grainy and blurred images.
The audio is also average as there is only one speaker on the upper right-hand corner on the back. The sound will appear to be one-dimensional, but is still fine when viewing media content.
The strongest feature of the A1-810 is the battery life. I found it to be excellent. Under non-intensive use, the tablet is able to last two to three days.
Overall, this strikes me as a good-budget tablet for starters. If you need a tablet that is able to do the bare minimum very well, this is the tablet for you. However, a screen protector and case would be recommended as the plastic backing of the tablet is very slippery.
Price: 24,893 JMD +tax
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