Google Books PDF Micro-Test: Acer Iconia A1-830

Surprisingly, the on-its-deathbed Best Buy had the Acer Iconia A1-830 in:



I liked the feel of it. The screen was good. I didn’t think it was the brightest, but it was a big step up from the original A1-810.

I thought it was respectably speedy calling up this joint:


The speakers seemed rather weak in the loud Best Buy. I’ll need to buy a Bluetooth speaker for any tablet for the best volume and sound quality, which is no surprise.

I was pressed for time and didn’t get to do an actual test on it.

It wasn’t set up with a Google Play account. So I had to go to my Google Docs for the Foxit Mobile PDF APK I’d socked away there for this eventuality. It downloaded and installed fine.

I couldn’t get the test issue of The American Magazine to complete its download. It aborted twice — after taking a long time to reach even the 50% point.

I went to a back-up Google Books PDF file: Success: A Novel.

But I was rushed and grabbed the first copy offered at Google Books. Not the smartest thing to do. This one didn’t seem to have the best scan. The characters looked rather bad on the Acer screen — which hasn’t happened with other tablets, so it was definitely the scan being poor and not the quality or resolution of the Acer screen.

Here’s the hastily-done video:

The most I can say is that this requires a full test.

But it’s taken six months for me to finally get my mitts on this machine. Six freakin months.

The world has changed a lot since then and there are better tablets out there on my radar.

So I’m really in no hurry to get to the Acer again.

Previously here:

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One response to “Google Books PDF Micro-Test: Acer Iconia A1-830

  1. Mike

    Mike, I had this model when it first came out and was offered on HSN for $179, Unfortunately I returned it soon after due to the HP Slate 8 Pro price drop on Amazon the following week or so later ($179) which was the bargain of the Century at that time. Overall..The Acer Iconia A1-830 is a beautiful piece of hardware with entry level specs. At that time it was a great deal but due to the screen resolution being so low I opted out and returned it for the HPS8. From a build quality standpoint, it’s far superior to the HP. I actually had to replace the HP 3 times until I received an “acceptable” quality level one. The first one had a loose bezel that wasn’t properly bonded to the base on one side of the tablet. The second one had a battery issue and significant light bleed at the bottom of the screen in portrait mode. And lastly the final one was okay but still exhibited a little bit of light bleed at the bottom as well. I will say this…if Acer had made this tablet with a full HD 4:3 aspect ratio instead of the barely 720p version I would have kept the tablet hands down. I was also disappointed with Acer when they introduced their Newest 8 inch models with the FHD screen but with 16:9 aspect ratio screens instead. They were so close to making the perfect Android operating system tablet. So I guess I will have to wait until the Xiaomi Mipad are available to purchase in the States now.

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