Acer Iconia A1-830 review

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The Acer Iconia A1-830 currently has an Informr score of 6.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.6 GHz
Screen Size
7.9"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Digital Versus

The A1-830 is very well manufactured, especially for this price range, making it comes off as a solid, robust device. It's an easy, comfortable tablet to hold in one hand, and huge digits are not required to do so.

- Romain Thuret / Axel Mendy, Digital Versus
PC Pro

Like the Iconia A1 before it, the Acer Iconia A1-830’s price is highly attractive. However, unlike its predecessor, the A1-830 boasts passable performance and screen quality, plus marginally better build quality. In the overall scheme of things, the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX 7in are better q...

- Bobby MacPherson, PC Pro
TabletPCReview

Acer's latest Iconia A1 tablet has a low price, a speedy processor, and a beautiful design. But there's one major feature that's holding it back.

- Dragan Petric, TabletPCReview
Notebookcheck

With its Iconia A1-830, Acer shows that it might not have as much experience with tablets as with laptops, but that it is able and willing to continuously develop its product.Thus, the Iconia A1-830 is clearly an evolution compared with the A1-810. It features a significantly better casing, is light...

- Florian Wimmer, Notebookcheck
Digital Trends

The Iconia A1-830’s main appeal is its iPad-like exterior and the 4:3 aspect ratio of its screen, which is much nicer to read magazines on than the more common 16:9 screens of most Android tablets. But unless you’re strongly drawn to those features, there are better budget Android tablet...

- Matt Safford, Digital Trends


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Screen Size
7.9"

The Acer Iconia A1-830's screen size is 7.9 inches with 768 x 1024 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.6 GHz

There is a Intel Clover Trail+ Z2560 Dual core 1.6 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4000 mAh battery. Acer's performance ratings are 10 days standby time, 8 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Iconia A1-830 Specs

Overview
Release date March 31, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean

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Secondary OS No
Processor Intel Clover Trail+ Z2560 Dual core 1.6 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 20.3 x 13.8 x 0.8 cm (8 x 5.4 x 0.3 in)
Weight 380 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 768 x 1024 pixels
Pixel density 162 pixels
Size 7.9 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Exposure
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Digital Versus

An alright buy given the price

from Digital Versus

The Iconia A1-830 is sort of in a class of its own when it comes to colour fidelity. Were it not for the somewhat whimsical blues and greens, this would be one of the tablet screens with the most faithful colours on the market. Acer was unable to offer any more than 1024 x 768 pixels. That's still pretty good resolution for an 8" slate, but it's much less fun and comfortable to look at in the long term than tablets that have "Full HD+" resolution.

In addition to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, Acer added its own not-too-intrusive user interface, Acer Float. It leaves less of a visual mark than the "bigger" software overlays like Samsung TouchWiz, Sony Timescape, or even some of Acer's smartphone interfaces. The Intel Atom processor makes this a responsive slate....

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The Iconia A1-830 is sort of in a class of its own when it comes to colour fidelity. Were it not for the somewhat whimsical blues and greens, this would be one of the tablet screens with the most faithful colours on the market. Acer was unable to offer any more than 1024 x 768 pixels. That's still pretty good resolution for an 8" slate, but it's much less fun and comfortable to look at in the long term than tablets that have "Full HD+" resolution.

In addition to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, Acer added its own not-too-intrusive user interface, Acer Float. It leaves less of a visual mark than the "bigger" software overlays like Samsung TouchWiz, Sony Timescape, or even some of Acer's smartphone interfaces. The Intel Atom processor makes this a responsive slate.

The Acer Iconia A1-830 is inexpensive, well finished and decent for multimedia purposes. But it also has puny battery life and low brightness. All in all, for the price, we think it's an alright buy.

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PC Pro

A good performer for the money

from PC Pro

Like the Iconia A1 before it, the Acer Iconia A1-830’s price is highly attractive. However, unlike its predecessor, the A1-830 boasts passable performance and screen quality, plus marginally better build quality. In the overall scheme of things, the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX 7in are bette...More

Like the Iconia A1 before it, the Acer Iconia A1-830’s price is highly attractive. However, unlike its predecessor, the A1-830 boasts passable performance and screen quality, plus marginally better build quality. In the overall scheme of things, the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX 7in are better quality all-round, with superior displays, quicker performance and longer battery life, but with a lower price, this tablet has some budget appeal.

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TabletPCReview

When all its pros and cons are considered, the Iconia A1-830 is a generally winner

from TabletPCReview

A highlight of the Acer Iconia A1-830 is solid performance from its Intel processor, giving the user a feeling of working with a premium tablet.

That said, display imperfections -- especially its low pixel density and poor color interpretation -- suggest that this is a tablet for less demanding users....

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A highlight of the Acer Iconia A1-830 is solid performance from its Intel processor, giving the user a feeling of working with a premium tablet.

That said, display imperfections -- especially its low pixel density and poor color interpretation -- suggest that this is a tablet for less demanding users.

With a small price upgrade, it's possible to find tablets of similar size which offer significantly better screens, like the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX or Google Nexus 7. On the other hand, the elegant design and robust performance of the Acer model are on a higher level than what is offered by these tablets.

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Notebookcheck

An affordable tablet that is compact and stylish

from Notebookcheck

With its Iconia A1-830, Acer shows that it might not have as much experience with tablets as with laptops, but that it is able and willing to continuously develop its product.

Thus, the Iconia A1-830 is clearly an evolution compared with the A1-810. It features a significantly better casing, is lighter, slimmer, more energy efficient in higher performance, presents better runtimes, and really good cameras. Now, the Iconia A1-830 does not have to fear a comparison with Google's Nexus 7, particularly since our review sample offers a micro-SD slot that is still not available in Google's tablet or the considerably pricier iPad Mini...

More

With its Iconia A1-830, Acer shows that it might not have as much experience with tablets as with laptops, but that it is able and willing to continuously develop its product.

Thus, the Iconia A1-830 is clearly an evolution compared with the A1-810. It features a significantly better casing, is lighter, slimmer, more energy efficient in higher performance, presents better runtimes, and really good cameras. Now, the Iconia A1-830 does not have to fear a comparison with Google's Nexus 7, particularly since our review sample offers a micro-SD slot that is still not available in Google's tablet or the considerably pricier iPad Mini.

The screen's low resolution of 1024x768 pixels is still noticed adversely, which simply does not seem contemporary and lets content look blurry. Acer could gradually update the installed Android version. The manufacturer could also be a bit more self-confident in terms of design; there's no need to follow the leader.

On the whole, there is agreeably little to complain about. Acer has taken a lesson from the feedback of the first tablet and has launched a considerably more sophisticated tablet on the market with its Iconia A1-830. That will please everyone looking for a tablet equal with Google's Nexus 7 but want an expandable storage and a better camera. 

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Digital Trends

Attractive budget tablet but underpowered and overloaded with pre-installed apps

from Digital Trends

The Iconia A1-830’s main appeal is its iPad-like exterior and the 4:3 aspect ratio of its screen, which is much nicer to read magazines on than the more common 16:9 screens of most Android tablets. But unless you’re strongly drawn to those features, there are better budget Android tablets, whether you’re willing to pay a bit more or a bit less...

More

The Iconia A1-830’s main appeal is its iPad-like exterior and the 4:3 aspect ratio of its screen, which is much nicer to read magazines on than the more common 16:9 screens of most Android tablets. But unless you’re strongly drawn to those features, there are better budget Android tablets, whether you’re willing to pay a bit more or a bit less.

For $150, the Dell Venue 8 has a screen with a few more pixels, twice the RAM, and a higher-clocked Intel processor (and a whole lot less pre-installed, unremovable bloatware). And if you can afford to spend north of $200, the Asus-made Google Nexus 7 has a much better 1080p screen, is much more stable, and has a stock version of Android, so there’s no worries about extra unwanted software. And because it’s a Nexus device, you can upgrade to the latest version of Android as soon as the tablet connects to Wi-Fi.

The Acer Iconia A1-830 looks good for its $180 asking price. But most good budget tablets these days offer a better user experience and better battery life at a similar price. If you really want a tablet with iPad-like aesthetics, you should probably just keep saving until you can afford a device made by Apple. 

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Beta News

A budget Android tablet powered by Intel

from Beta News

The Nexus 7 is getting a bit long in the tooth and the 7 inch screen is just too small for many. The Acer A1-830 ups the ante with a larger screen, expandable memory, Intel processor and a $179.99 price. The tablet is not perfect; the speakers are sub-par and the screen could be better. However,...More

The Nexus 7 is getting a bit long in the tooth and the 7 inch screen is just too small for many. The Acer A1-830 ups the ante with a larger screen, expandable memory, Intel processor and a $179.99 price. The tablet is not perfect; the speakers are sub-par and the screen could be better. However, if you are looking for an inexpensive, well-built Android tablet, this may be it. It is a good quality tablet. Recommended.

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