The Bottom Line
Nov 8 2013 - Acer's attempt at a low cost Android tablet does a decent job but falls short due to the highly competitive market. It does cost less than $200, offers a decently lag free experience and features an HDMI connector and MicroSD slot most of its competitors do not. The problem is that the tablet it bigger, heavier and features a display that feels like a first generation tablet when compared to those released in the past couple of months.
- MicroSD and MicroHDMI Ports
- Decent Rear Facing Camera
- Low Resolution Display
- Thicker and Heavier Than Competing Tablets
- Poor Front Facing Camera
- 1.2Ghz MediaTek MT8125T (Cortex-A7) Quad Core Processor
- 1GB Memory
- 16GB Storage
- 7.9" XGA (1024x768) Multitouch Display
- VGA Front Camera and 5.0 Megapixel Rear Camera
- PowerVR SGX 544 Graphics
- 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- microUSB, microHDMI, microSD Card Slot, 3.5mm Audio
- 8.2" x 5.7" x .44" @ .9 lbs.
- Android 4.2
Review - Acer Iconia A1-810
Nov 8 2013 - Acer's Iconia A1-810 is the company's budget oriented Android tablet. Even with its relatively small 7.9-inch display, the tablet is on the heavy side weight nine-tenths of a pound and is certainly thicker than most other tablets at .44-inches thick. This size means that it is just big enough that it is difficult to hold it comfortably in the palm of the hand around both sides of the display. The rear of the case is constructed of a smooth white plastic that does a good job at dealing with smudges and fingerprints but has the problem of being a bit slippery which can cause problems hold it.
The heart of the Acer Iconia A1-810 is based around the MediaTek MT8125T that has been found in a number of recent tablets including its most direct competitor, the ASUS MemoPad HD 7. This is a quad core processor which can help a bit with multitasking but it is based around the Cortex-A7 processor design from ARM which means it lacks the performance when compared to those tables that are using Cortex-A9 designs. Overall, the tablet does a decent job at most tasks and doesn't feel particularly sluggish at all.
The display is the area where most people will notice that the Iconia A1-810 is a budget class tablet. The 7.9-inch display features a very low 1024x768 resolution. This is much lower than your standard 1280x800 found on many small Android tablets and certainly well below the 1920x1080 of the Kindle Fire HDX 7 and Nexus 7. In addition to having a lower resolution, the display also had lower brightness levels. This particularly impacted the ability of the tablet to be used in bright sunlight outside. The graphics are powered by the PowerVR SGX 544 that does a decent job with gaming on the tablet but much of this probably comes from the fact that it is a lower resolution display and thus has less data to deal with. One big difference here is that Acer has a microHDMI port on the tablet that allows it to be hooked up to an external display which many in this size range lack.
The Acer Iconia A1-810 contains an internal 4960mAh battery pack. Acer claims up to a nine and a half hour of battery life but fail to say under what conditions. In digital video playback, the tablet was able to run for just under seven and a half hours. This is a bit shorter than the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX and Google Nexus 7 that both achieved around eight but well short of the <a href="http://compreviews.about.com/od/tablets/fr/Apple-iPad-Mini.htm>Apple iPad Mini with its amazing twelve hours of running time.
Pricing for the Acer Iconia A1-810 is right around $180. This certainly puts in in the budget category along with the ASUS MemoPad HD 7. The problem is that the ASUS tablet is priced around $150, features a better 1280x800 display, better battery life and is smaller. On the other hand, it you are willing to spend a bit more than $200, you can get either the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 or Google Nexus 7 both of which offer much higher resolution displays, better performance and are smaller and lighter but you give up those HDMI port and SD card slot..