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Good value 8" tablet
on 10 May 2014
The Iconia A1-830 is an update to the last model (A1-810) That model was in my view a pretty good budget tablet for users who wanted an 8" 4:3 tablet but didn't fancy the ipad mini's price tag.
This new model has some nice improvements, though it's not a huge revolution on the previous one. Still after using one for a few days now I think it's a good offering in this price segmet.
The main improvements over the older model are the CPU which is now an Intel Atom Z2560 dual core 1.6GHz (faster than the older MTK Cortex A9 1.2GHz), build is much better with a slimmer body and aluminium back. A lot of the other areas are the same or very close to the A1-810 including the screen.
It's running Android 4.2.2 with an update to 4.4 expected shortly
Quick summary of my good and bad points:
+ Fairly fast processor and improvement over the older model, feels snappier and more responsive and doesn't lag down as much with multiple apps open
+ Build is a step up too better quality aluminium back (doesn't slip like the older model) it's also quite slim
+ 7.9" 1,024 x 768-pixel IPS LCD (162 pixels per inch) is crisp and clear with good viewing angles and punchy colours (it looks better in person than it does on paper just like the ipad mini's LCD)
+ 2mp front and 5mp rear cameras are not bad quality wise (for a tablet in this price point) Both are better than the previous model though the front 2mp one is really for Skype/video calls more than photos.
+ Fairly good 3d performance, it's not a high end gaming tablet (or Nexus 7) but plays most games quite well
+ Has 2 rear stereo speakers
+ Micro SD slot to expand memory
+ Fairly good spec, 1GB ram, 16GB storage blue-tooth 3 (not 4), GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, accelerometer. Most of what you would need
- I would have liked to see the screen resolution improve a bit
- Sound isn't the best, not much depth to the sound I'd stick to headphones for listening to music etc
- Screen could be brighter
Battery life is ok but not amazing compared to some I got about 6 - 6.5 hours sometimes a little more with normal use, adjusting the screen brightness and turning off wifi will help save some power.
Like the older model the screen looks much better "in the flesh" than the spec sheet indicates so whilst I would have liked a bit more resolution it's still quite good with excellent clarity and decent details. Acer have tweaked and updated the tablet over the older models, build is improved, cameras a bit better, stereo sound, processor faster. It's not a massive update as such so if you have the A1-810 I wouldn't throw that in the bin to update to this model.
However it does address some of the weaker elements, and is a decent tweak to a good cost effective tablet. Media users might prefer a widescreen aspect ratio. But some like the 4:3 "apple style" tablet screen, very much down to taste here. It's a solid and attractive tablet that makes a good "family tablet solution". The only slight fly in the ointment is the new price on the older ipad mini which is just over £200 now. Still the price is sure to drop a bit and you have a solid budget tablet offering here.