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Acer Iconia A1 review

Budget Android tablet looks solid but unexceptional

Despite Touch WakeUp automatically opening the camera app when the Acer Iconia A1's screen is thumbed, photography is not this camera's strong suit.

Nor should it be, perhaps, but it's best you know that the front-facing camera's whopping (joke) 0.3-megapixel skills are just about acceptable for some grainy, noisy video calls.

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Ditto the flash-free, focus-free main camera on the back of the tablet, whose five megapixel images are ruined by dull colours, blur and blocky blacks that lack detail within. However, having dual cameras is relatively rare on tablets this size - and the panoramic feature is useful if you take things slowly.

Video is recorded in 720p resolution at 30fps, but the resulting files (which have a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels in the MP4 format) are soft, grainy and blurred on any kind of movement. It's HD in name only.

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Photos can be inspected within the standard Gallery app, or through Acer's own Astro file manager. The latter gathers up photos from a variety of sources - cloud, network and inserted microSD card - as thumbnails, opening them with Astro Image Viewer.

It's more functional than Gallery, with better transitions during slideshows, though the carousel of thumbnails across the bottom does take a while to load.

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Even a 5MP shot lacks detail, with visible blocking.

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Using the Acer Iconia A1's digital zoom is a no-no.

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Colour and contrast are good, but edge definition and detail are not.

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Images from the Acer Iconia A1's camera can very easily be washed out.

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Close-ups look blurry and colours aren't well saturated.

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Panoramic shots must be performed very slowly. Rendering takes 20 seconds and flattens the image, but with some banding.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerMediaTek
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Maximum Battery Run Time9.50 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
GPSYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyICONIA A1-810
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor ModelMT8125T
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Screen Size20.1 cm (7.9")
Number of Cells2-cell
Screen Resolution1024 x 768
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)410 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height11.1 mm
Width145.7 mm
Depth208.7 mm
Screen ModeXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesA1-810
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelA1-810-81251G01nw
Product NameICONIA A1-810-81251G01nw Tablet
Product LineICONIA
Aspect Ratio4:3
Manufacturer Part NumberNT.L1CEE.003
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

Everything within reach

The Iconia A Series delivers ultra mobility with no-compromise performance for your daily adventures. These tablets run fast and smooth, pairing the tablet-tailored Android™ operating system with potent processors. Plus, you can choose your kind of tablet experience: essential work and fun, extended battery life, or premium.

Package Contents
  • ICONIA A1-810-81251G01nw Tablet
  • AC Adapter