Pawing The Acer Iconia A1-810

Photos taken today, Friday December 20, 2013. Resized and resampled to VGA.

How the hell does this even happen? I’ve been in this Staples over the past several months and they never had the Acer Iconia A1-810 displayed or even hinted they carried it.

Suddenly, today:


Boom! There it was.

And look at the price for the 8GB version:


Based on reviews I’d read, I really expected a chunky and heavy tablet.




I thought it was light and not chunky. You know what’s heavy and chunky? A Kindle Fire! This isn’t like that.


This unit was dead when I got to it. But I noticed a cable next to it and plugged it into the AC jack (a micro USB port). So that got it going.





I was surprised that it felt faster than the Rockchip-based Archos Titanium 80. On the other hand, and very unlike that Archos, this isn’t the brightest screen in the world. The word “dim” comes to mind. And I did check that Brightness was set to max.

Even though it said it was connected to WiFi, I couldn’t get anything via Chrome. A trip to Settings revealed why. It was WiFi-ing to a freakin printer! All of the available networks were locked down, so no WiFi for me. No AnTuTu, no Google Books, no Google Play, no Google Books PDF testing.

So all I could do was some light pawing.

A trip to Gallery revealed some photos and video taken with the back camera. The video wasn’t the worst. The photos, though, were miserable. If they were pinch-zoomed, they degraded into blurry pixels very quickly. This camera beat the one in the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 for being atrocious!

As for that weight, this is now very interesting to me:

Acer Iconia A1-810: 8.2″ x 5.7″ x 0.4″ – 14.46 oz

HP Slate 8 Pro: 8.6″ x 5.6″ x 0.38″ – 14.4 oz

The HP is the same weight.

It turns out the US$99 sale of this tablet happened on Black Friday and was in their flier. I didn’t read any fliers for that day.

One final thing. This doesn’t have a crap 16-bit color screen. I called up the Kindle app and the splash screen didn’t have the bands evident on the Teclast P89 Mini.

Previously here:

Acer Iconia A1-810 Versus iPad Mini
Acer Iconia A1-810 Second AnTuTu Score
Acer Iconia A1-810 Gets Reviewed
Acer Iconia A1 Unboxed, Fondled
Video: Acer’s New 7.9-Inch Tablet
Acer Sneaks Out A 7.9″ Tablet

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