As with the iPad, the iPad Mini has gone on to spawn a whole generation of competitors. These devices range from direct imitators to inspired new takes on the same design.
With the Iconia A1-810, Acer has opted largely for the former. It’s close to the same size and sports a very similar panel, though it can’t quite match the quality of the display or build quality of the iPad Mini. It’s also appreciably chunkier, which makes a difference in terms of the high portability required by this class of tablets.
The A1’s performance hardware is acceptable, and you’ll notice little to no lag during casual use. In all, while it feels a bit like a cheap Apple knockoff, that’s not entirely a bad thing. The A1 offers a reasonable Android-based iPad Mini alternative, and it does so at a wallet-friendly price point.
Two different modelas are available.
- Iconia-A1-810-L888 (Android 4.2, Cortex A9 based CPU, 1024 x 600 px, 7 hours of battery life)
- Iconia-A1-810-L416 (Android 4.1, Cortex A7 based CPU, 1024 x 768 px , 8 hours of battery life)