Acer Iconia A1 7.9-inch tablet

Functional budget slab with a surprising amount on offer

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Acer Iconia A1 7.9-inch tablet The Acer Iconia A1 ticks a lot of functional boxes for a budget model.
By Staff Writer Published  September 5, 2013

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Key Specs

Display screen: 7.9-inch Active Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Memory: 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM
OS: Android Jellybean
Price: AED799
Processor: MediaTek 1.20 GHz Quad-core

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We got our hands on Acer’s 7.9-inch Iconia A1 recently and were quietly impressed with a budget tablet that appeared to be punching above its weight yet keeping its feet on the canvas.

It was pleasantly lightweight yet solid in build and the screen and graphics were decent considering the AED799 price band. Battery life scraped the eight-hour mark and we found the micro HDMI output extremely useful.

The screen was as responsive as we have experienced and indeed it was more reactive than many models that sit in a higher price bracket. Viewing angle was comfortably wide and the 4:3 aspect ratio meant the screen is bigger than competitor devices.

However, the screen was a grease magnet, trapping finger smudges within minutes of use. This was a disappointment considering the many smudge-proof devices coming onto the market, but to be fair, many of these are in the premium category.

Camera quality is poor, but video chat passes muster. Sound is also low-quality; we were straining to hear audio output, even at full volume.

On the performance front the tablet also struggles, but mostly with intensive apps such as games.

On the whole though, our thoughts drifted back to the price tag, and the fact that we had encountered similar frustrations in premium kit. If productivity is not key for you (imaging, etc) then this might be the pick for you.

Pros: Expandable storage is useful, easy to use
Cons: Poor sound quality, cameras are below par

Useful budget device that, while not as good as the more expensive iPad mini, punches above its weight impressively.

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