Acer Iconia A1-830: Test of the iPad Mini Clone with Intel’s Atom Processor

Apple’s small tablet iPad mini with retina display is coveted. Not without reason: it looks spiffy, works damn fast, and has a brilliant screen. But the beginner’s choice is not a bargain: Apple charged for the smallest iPad mini version currently whopping 389 euros. Reason enough for Acer to send an audible bang to California: with the Android Tablet Iconia A1-830 the Taiwanese electronics company brings a tablet in the trade, which at first glance as a 1:1-copy of the bestseller by Apple is going through. Best of all: It will cost 169 euros less than half as much.

Processed goods, but less elegant

To detect the iPad mini copy as such, you must imagine only the logo and do not touch the device. Because at the first contact is clear that Acer here has put the red pencil. The processing is not consistently implemented although perfectly, but the concept. So, about the display has a slightly higher set edge, like in the iPad mini there is not a seamless transition. That interferes with operation of the touch screen. Also is the 374 grams light A1-830 feels not so based on how the iPad mini (331 grams).

Acer Iconia A1-830: product photos and screenshots

14 pictures Acer Iconia A1-830 see touch screen not always precisely

The on – / off switch and the volume rocker are made of cheap plastic and not quite fit the otherwise ordinary picture of Acer. More annoying: The touchscreen responded in the test sporadically not always precisely on user input especially for the tip on Internet links.

Good display

The 7.9 inches (20 cm diagonal) convinced large touch screen not fully, but the display. Instead of full-HD or even retina resolution offers the A1-830 only a standard screen with 1024 x 768 pixels. But his job really makes good: he presented with balanced colours and high-contrast photos, videos appear rich in detail and liquid.

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Leaderboard: tablet computer high pace of work

The working speed was liquid. As the drive is used in the Acer Tablet of the Intel Atom Processor Z2560. Which has two cores, working with maximum 1.6 gigahertz. Special feature: As with many PC processors from Intel, the can Atom Tablet believe two more cores for a higher tempo the (Hyper Threading) for the distribution of several parallel open apps. Long-time test the Acer with a consistently high pace.

Android 4.2.2

as operating system is used in the Acer Android version 4.2.2 (jelly bean). According to Acer the device should receive later a update to Android 4.4 (KitKat) that was at the time of the test not yet available (see screenshots in the overview).

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Equipment is almost completely with fast Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Only the HDMI port for image playback on a big TV is missing the device. Good for: The memory can be expanded via microSD card to maximum 32 gigabytes.

Something short battery life

has disappointed the Acer Tablet when measuring the battery life: In the test, it came out just eight hours and 31 minutes without plug. For comparison, the iPad mini made 14 hours and 29 minutes. For the loading time was relatively short: two hours and 54 minutes (iPad mini: five hours and ten minutes).

Conclusion: Acer Iconia A1-830

A real counterparty for the iPad mini is the Acer A1-830 not: the Apple Tablet works faster, the display is clearly brilliant and exemplary processing. Hide the Acer doesn’t have to be still. As for 169 euro a decent tablet, that is by no means cheap. On the contrary: it looks spiffy, is well processed and offers a fast pace. With the endnote 2.55’s missed just the predicate good.

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