Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 Review and Gaming Performance

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February 23, 2014 | 0 comments
Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 Review and Gaming PerformanceHi guys, welcome back to this site! Glad to see you again here!

Acer – for most of people, especially tablet consumers in general, this tablet manufacturer definitely seems unfamiliar to hear a lot in tablet market.

And there’s nothing wrong with that because Acer homemade tablets are mostly really rare and even hard to find around the mobile or laptop markets, even in specific tablet market.

However, something that really makes me impressed about this company, especially its homemade tablets, is that, many of Acer tablets surprisingly are really good in many ways.

In fact, buying Acer tablets is actually not a bad decision at all given that most of Acer tablets are packing some great quality specs on it, plus awesome features and software.

Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 benchmarks and gaming performance

Take Acer Iconia Tab A500/A501 for example. This Acer tablet may not be as popular as other big name tablets, say, iPad or Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1, especially in term of sales or total shipment.

However, despite being an underdog tablet, there are many things about this tablet that make it a worth buying tablet.

Like its big 10.1-inch 720p display, fast processor (Tegra 2 dual-core), great software optimizations, awesome features and visual presentations/effects, cool futuristic design, pretty good 5MP camera with LED flash, great gaming performance and the most importantly, impressive battery life (2 days in heavy usage).

It even has SIM card slot for 3G cellular connectivity to connect to internet (only on Acer Iconia Tab A501, not on Acer Iconia Tab A500 by the way).

So this kind of makes me think that, many people, even gazillion of people on this planet, may not really know about Acer tablets (in fact, i only managed to find 1 Acer tablet sold in my country, Acer Iconia Tab B1, a dirt cheap low-end tablet).

And that’s kind of disappointing because if many of these awesome Acer tablets were easier to find across the global tablet market, that would be great for many tablet shoppers because by buying Acer tablets (of course the ones that have great hardware specs), they could get great quality gaming tablets at good prices.

Anyway – today, i want to share to you another one good tablet from Acer. This one is called Acer Iconia Tab A1-810.

This tablet is a 7.9-inch Android tablet sporting the Mediatek quad-core processor (which i’ve always referred as "cheap" Mediatek quad-core processor).

And yes – this tablet can be a good gaming tablet, if not the best. Well, if you’re interested to get to know with this tablet, then here you go, my personal review of Acer Iconia Tab A1-810.

Introduction

A few weeks ago, i’ve already showed you one of Acer tablets that is released under the same generation just like this Acer Iconia Tab A1-810.

That tablet was Acer Iconia Tab A1-830, which actually is the sequel of this Acer A1-810. And it’s not even released yet, but will reportedly arrive in the first quarter of this year, probably next month or in April.

However, despite being released under the same generation, Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 actually has different things to offer compared to its to-be-released sequel.

Even though they both share the same type of specs, like the same 7.9-inch display sporting the resolution of 768 x 1024 pixels, the same 1GB of RAM, PowerVR SGX 544 GPU and 5MP rear-facing camera, they both have different CPU, with Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 getting the MediaTek MT8125 quad-core 1.2GHz CPU, while Acer Iconia Tab A1-830 using the Intel Atom CPU.

Overall, they basically are just similar one to another. They both have the same display, graphics chipset, amount of RAM and rear-facing camera.

But the question is, does this Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 really stack up against other competing tablets around the market, especially in 7-inch mid-end market? Well, we’re about to find out more about that in this review.

Design

The design of this tablet actually kind of reminds me with the design of iPad mini, or at least its aspect ratio.

Using the same 4:3 aspect ratio on its 7.9-inch display, which also is the same exact screen size of iPad mini, this Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 definitely resembles that Apple’s mini tablet, even the bezels that are close to the reminiscence of iPad mini’s bezels.

So the experience of holding this tablet will probably be the same with holding the iPad mini. And your palm will have some troubles grabbing the whole body of tablet with one hand.

But overall, i personally like the design of this Acer’s tablet.

It may not look as cool and premium as iPad mini, especially given that it’s not using aluminum-plated material, but at the fraction of the cost of iPad mini, you can still have a pretty good looking tablet on this Acer Iconia Tab A1-810.

So it’s not gonna disappoint you at all when getting this tablet.

Besides, by looking at the entire spec sheet of this tablet, i believe you can snatch this Acer’s tablet at low price point, or around the price of Asus MemoPad 7 HD maybe, which is $150.

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  • No SIM
  • Released 2013, May
  • Weight 410 g
  • Dimensions 208.7 x 145.7 x 11.1 mm
  • 7.9 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 768 x 1024 pixels, (~162 ppi pixel density)
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Quad-core 1.2 GHz Mediatek MT8125 chipset
  • Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • MicroSD Card slot, for up to 32 GB
  • 16 GB Internal storage
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • No GPRS
  • No EDGE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • HDMI port
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • No Radio
  • GPS
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4960 mAh battery (18.6 Wh)
  • Up to 350 hours for Stand-by
  • Up to 10 hours for talk time and multimedia
As a low-end tablet, there is nothing special about the specs of this tablet. It has a rather low-resolution display, average 5MP camera, mediocre VGA front-facing camera, and its processor also leaves a lot to be desired, especially for playing the latest games.

However, given its low-end price point, this tablet is actually still pretty good in its class. With that Mediatek quad-core processor (which most tech geeks always call as “cheap Mediatek quad-core processor”), this tablet will run every thing just fine, even for doing high performance gaming.

On software side, this tablet comes with Android Jelly Bean 4.2 out of the box, which is not surprising given that it’s released in April 2013.

Overall, for a cheap budget tablet, i’m pretty impressed with this Acer Iconia Tab A1-810.

However, not that much impressed given that Asus MemoPad 7HD also comes with similar specs but has much better sectors on the screen resolution and camera, which according to reviews, is surprisingly able to take some great shots.

Screen

There is nothing special about the screen of Acer Iconia Tab A1-810. It’s only sporting the low-resolution display (1024x768 pixels).

However, despite using this low-resolution screen, there are some great things that you can get on its screen. The first one is its aspect ratio.

As i’ve mentioned above, Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 is using the same screen aspect ratio just like on iPad mini. And that is 4:3 aspect ratio, making the screen look wide horizontally (in normal view, not landscape). '

By using this aspect ratio on its screen, the experience of using this tablet is definitely much better than those regular 7-inch slates that adopt 16:9 aspect ratio, which is really narrow horizontally.

So enjoying things like movies, books, magazines, web pages or movies will also be so much better on this tablet, despite using a low-resolution display.

However, the downside of using this aspect ratio is when holding it with one hand, which is kind of difficult given its wide screen real estate.

The second great thing about this display is that, 768x1024 pixel resolution on this Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 is actually still higher compared to the latest-generation Samsung GALAXY Tab 3, which pathetically is still packing that horrible low-resolution 1024x600 pixels.

Therefore, by getting this tablet, not only do you get a wider screen real estate, but also a screen resolution that is still higher than on a popular tablet like Samsung GALAXY Tab 3, although this Samsung tablet has that 3G cellular support, which Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 don't.

User Interface and Features

Similar like other Acer Iconia tablets out there, Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 also comes pre-installed with Acer homemade User Interface called Acer UI, which basically still looks just like any other Android tablets out there.

However, the things that make it different with other slates are definitely its rich-content features and its awesome visual effects/presentations on its pre-loaded apps.

On Acer Iconia Tab A1-810, you’ll get some cool features like: Photo Browser 3D, categorized apps, app shortcuts on lockscreen key, cool 3D-alike carousel effect on music player and many more. I’ve actually already explained a lot about some of these features.

So if you want to know more about them, you better check out my previous reviews of Acer Iconia tablets on this website.

But if you still want a little heads up, Photo Browser 3D is actually the photo gallery app, but what makes it different is that, all of your photos will be presented in a cool 2-page Photo album.

So if you want to check out the next or previous photos, you can just swap the screen as if you're swapping the page of photo album, which is kind of cool.

Performance

In term of performance, Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 is not disappointing at all. In fact, i’m really impressed a lot with the whole performance of this tablet.

Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 is packing the quad-core Mediatek MT8125 CPU clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM and PowerVR SGX544 GPU (which is the same GPU on iPhone 5).

These specs actually remind me a lot with the specs of Asus MemoPad 7 HD, which also have the same exact MT8125 Mediatek quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and PowerVR SGX544 GPU.

However, the one thing that sets them apart is their display resolution, Asus MemoPad 7HD comes with an HD 1280x800 pixel display, while Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 is packing a rather lower 768x1024 pixel display.

However, in the real life situation of their performance, the winner here is definitely Acer Iconia Tab A1-810, given that it only uses that low-resolution display.

Therefore, it’s not surprising to see that this Acer tablet can deliver much smoother and faster performance for daily tasks than Asus MemoPad 7HD that gives a heavy burden to its Mediatek processor to deliver its power to an HD display, which has more pixels compared to the display of Acer Iconia Tab A1-810.

The most noticeable difference in performance of these 2 tablets can be perfectly seen when they both are running some graphically demanding games, which we’re about to find out in a second.

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When it comes to playing games, it’s very obvious that the experience of gaming on Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 is just so much even better than on Asus MemoPad 7HD.

On Asus’ tablet, there are many games that can’t perform well, especially in full graphics setting.

For example is, when playing games like GTA Vice City, Real Racing 3, Modern Combat 4, Need for Speed Most Wanted or N.O.V.A 3.

On Acer Iconia Tab A1-810, however, the gaming performance of this tablet is more superior compared to Asus MemoPad 7HD.

Even the most graphically demanding games like Modern Combat 4, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Real Racing 3, Dead Trigger 1, Dead Trigger 2, ShadowGun, GTA Vice City and N.O.V.A 3, all can run in buttery smooth performance and the most importantly, in high graphics setting. This is the other way around with Asus MemoPad 7 HD.

On this Asus MemoPad 7HD tablet, the games aforementioned above just can’t perform well especially in full graphics. Games like GTA Vice City, Modern Combat 4 or Need for Speed Most Wanted run really laggy and buggy, especially in full graphics.

In fact, Modern Combat 4 just can’t be played in smooth performance in full graphics.

It goes the same with Real Racing 3. Yes - this racing simulation game can be played on Asus MemoPad 7HD, however, there are always frame drops and stutters along the gameplay, which is something you want to avoid when playing games, right?

Therefore, using a low-resolution 768x1024 pixel display on Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 is definitely a great decision from Acer.

This manufacturer knows really well that the “cheap” Mediatek quad-core processor inside this tablet will not be capable to perform smoothly with HD display.

So that’s the reason why Acer decides to go with a low-resolution display on this tablet, in order to make the processor run much faster and smoother.

Besides, its Mediatek processor is probably power hungry given its 4 set of cores running at the same time.

So by using a low-resolution display, this chipset will not be tasked with too heavy burden when delivering its performance, therefore, making the battery life last much longer, even for doing some heavy tasks.

At the end of the day, we can have a tablet that is capable to run many high performing games in buttery smooth performance and full graphics, plus has great battery life.

Overall, i’m really impressed and surprised actually, a lot, with the gaming performance of this tablet.

I didn’t expect this tablet to be that great in handling many graphics intense games.

But then again, given that this Mediatek quad-core processor is not on par with the names like Tegra 4, Snapdragon 600/800 or Apple 64-bit A7 chipset, then don’t be surprised if this Acer tablet will suffer when playing some of the latest games that are graphically demanding, like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas or the next-gen games in 2014.

But still, Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 can be considered as a good gaming tablet in its class.

The good news is, on games like Asphalt 8 and GTA San Andreas, you can do some tweaks in their graphics setting, thus making the games run much faster and smoother in the long run, although you have to sacrifice some of the graphics and visual effects inside the game, which is pretty bummer.

However, i can't guarantee if these 2 games can be played on this tablet or not because i haven't seen anyone play these games around YouTube.

So once i've found out about that, i'll let you know and update this review.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Acer Iconia Tab A1-810, including what games that will run on this device, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Camera

As a cheap budget tablet, Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 is still equipped with 5MP camera on its back, which is really nice considering that cheap tablets just don’t coexist together with rear-facing camera. So having the rear-facing camera on this cheap tablet should still be appreciated, right?

Who knows, it might come in handy if you needed to take some urgent shots but you forgot to bring your digital camera or smartphone at your disposal.

Its quality might leave a lot to be desired, nor on par with other cameras on iPad or Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1, but at least, it still gets the job done and the photos are still worth showing off to your Instagram followers.

Battery Life

Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 is packing a 4960mAh power battery inside.

Given its quad-core processor, which is power hungry, i’m not surprised to see Acer decide to cram this big battery inside the tablet that uses low-resolution screen.

This is different compared to other Acer Iconia tablets that use Tegra 2 dual-core processor, which mostly are equipped with really tiny battery capacity, around 1530mAh – 3260mAh, as opposed to the 4960mAh battery inside this Acer Iconia Tab A1-810.

So for daily tasks, like watching movies, reading books, checking emails, browsing the web, listening to music, checking Twitter or Facebook updates or playing games, you can expect to see this tablet survive around one solid day of usage, of course in full charge.

However, if you intend to use this tablet for some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen, like, say, watching TV series in marathon or playing games in the row, then its battery life could probably last around 4 to 6 hours, which is still pretty average for today’s standard, although not very good compared to other rivals that mostly could last around 8 hours in heavy intense usage.

My Personal Opinions

So to sum this up, despite all of the weaknesses around this tablet, like its cameras, its low-resolution display or its mediocre processor, i’m actually quite shocked with the whole thing about this tablet, especially its gaming performance.

I personally didn’t expect this tablet to be that great in handling games.

I think it’s really awesome to see how this tablet is more than capable to run many graphically demanding games like Need for Speed Most Wanted, Dead Trigger 1 and 2, N.O.V.A 3, Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 7, GTA Vice City, Real Racing 3 and many more, all in buttery smooth performance and in full graphics.

So with that being said, then you can also play almost all the older games released before the games aforementioned above, like Asphalt (5, 6), GTA III, Modern Combat (1, 2, 3), N.O.V.A (1, 2), Real Racing (1, 2) and many other games.

The other thing that makes me really impressed with this tablet is definitely its design.

To be honest, i personally kind of like the design and aspect ratio of iPad mini, which has 4:3 aspect ratio. And that’s the aspect ratio that you’re gonna get on this Acer Iconia Tab A1-810.

So things like: watching movies, browsing the web, reading books or playing games, all can be enjoyed at the fullest on a wide screen real estate, despite using a small 7.9-inch screen.

That’s also one huge plus point on this tablet.

So overall, i’ve gotta say that, even though this tablet falls into the low-end category (given its specs that are on par with $150 Asus MemoPad 7HD), i’m quite impressed with the whole thing about this tablet. I like its design, aspect ratio, its software, features and its gaming performance.

I also like the fact that this tablet still comes with 5MP camera on the back, which is really important to have on any tablet, even though you’re not gonna use a lot.

In conclusion, if you're still looking for a cheap budget tablet that is also great for gaming, then this Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 can still be a good choice for you.

It may not have that premium feel just like iPad mini, but the good thing is, you can still have that awesome 4:3 aspect ratio of iPad mini on this Acer's tablet.

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