Acer Iconia Tablets: Wide Range of Tablets with Mid-Grade Hardware

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Published on January 19, 2015 | 0 comments
Acer Iconia Tablets: Wide Range of Tablets with Mid-Grade HardwareHi guys, welcome back!

Acer Iconia series has been one of my favorite tablet series that i’ve reviewed on this website. Even a Tegra 2 tablet, Acer Iconia A500 is also one of my favorite tablets from Acer.

Mostly thanks to its Tegra 2 processor, smooth performance, great UI and visual presentations on its pre-loaded apps and the most importantly, its great long lasting battery life – which is able to “survive” in 2 days in the row, according to the video review from PhoneArena.

This is not very surprising given that Acer has years of experience in laptop making business for quite so long, even until now.

This company may not have some ground-breaking sales number just like Apple with its iPad or Samsung with its GALAXY tablets.

But when it comes to quality, i think it’s really impressive to see how this company is still capable to deliver its best to the tablet market, despite some fierce competition here and there from other manufacturers.

Besides Acer Iconia A500, there are still some other Acer Iconia tablets that i consider as great performers especially in handling games.

Below, you’ll find the rest of the tablets from Acer that i haven’t shared already in my previous quick review roundups.

Well, if you’re interested to learn more about these tablets, especially my take on their gaming performance, then here you go, my quick roundup of Acer Iconia tablets.

Acer Iconia W3

Unlike most of other tablets in Acer Iconia family, the tablet i’m about to show you right now is running on the entirely different platform than its Android siblings.

This tablet is Acer Iconia W3, an 8.1-inch tablet running on the full-fledged Windows 8.1 OS.

The thing that really makes this tablet unique is actually its screen size.

Many of Windows 8 Pro tablets out there are mostly equipped with either 10 or even 13-inch display.

So this is kind of weird actually because Windows 8 Pro OS is a full-fledged laptop OS, aimed at productivity devices like laptops or tablets with 10-inch display or above.

But apparently, that doesn’t stop Acer from creating this tablet.

Acer Iconia W3Despite having a smaller 8-inch display, Acer Iconia W3 still comes packed with the smart cover and standard physical QWERTY keyboard just like on any other Windows 8 Pro tablets out there on the market – like Microsoft Surface, Asus Transformer Book Trio, etc.

However, the smart cover that comes with this tablet apparently is pretty huge compared to tablet itself - which uses a small 8-inch display.

So when the tablet is docked on that smart keyboard, there are some huge gap found on the left and right sides of the keyboard.

But i think, this shouldn’t really bother most of the users out there because it works great on the tablet and the keyboard still feels comfortable to use.

As mentioned above, Acer Iconia W3 comes with an 8.1-inch sporting the 1280x800 pixel resolution, which should look ‘okay’ for this tablet.

It may not have the sharpness as other 1080p tablets out there, but i think for a small 8-inch screen size, 720p resolution is good enough and still gets the job done for most of users.

Meanwhile, on the sector of performance, Acer trusts Intel to supply its Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core Saltwell processor to this device, coupled with 2GB of RAM, to run the whole performance of this tablet.

And accompanied with Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3650 GPU, this tablet is more than adequate to handle some of the older laptop/PC games released in the past.

But of course, you cannot expect this tablet to be able to run latest games like Call of Duty: Ghost or GTA V because that’s not going to happen.

Overall, this tablet is a decent productivity-centric tablet.

In fact, i think Acer Iconia Tab W3 can be one of the best choices out there if you’re looking for a simple but great productivity tablet that comes with the full-fledged Windows OS, but it's also good to use as a media-consumption device as well.

Acer Iconia Tab A3

If you’re on the street searching for a 10.1-inch Android tablet, you might want to check this one out – this tablet is Acer Iconia Tab A3.

Speaking of its performance, this Acer’s tablet will likely be similar with tablets like Asus MemoPad 7HD or Lenovo Yoga 10 – which both also share the same 720p resolution, MediaTek MT8125 quad-core processor and PowerVR SGX 544 GPU.

So Acer Iconia Tab A3 may not be such a great performer when playing games.

And i’m pretty sure games like Modern Combat 4 or GTA Vice City will not perform smoothly in full graphics, even in medium graphics.

And that’s due to MediaTek’s cheap quad-core chipset on this tablet, which is not as powerful as other quad-core chipsets on the market to date, despite having 4 set of CPU cores like its counterparts.

But apart from its mediocre gaming performance, there are still some great things to be liked on this tablet.

Acer Iconia Tab A3First of all, it has an IPS LCD display sporting the 800x1280 pixel resolution, which of course doesn’t look as sharp as other 1080p-screened tablets.

Meanwhile, there are also 5MP rear-facing camera, microSD card for up to 32GB, 16/32GB of internal storage, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box and a promised 11 hours of battery life for talk time/multimedia.

Overall, i personally think that Acer Iconia Tab A3 may not be such a great choice, especially if you’re into gaming.

It may have the quad-core processor, however, in real time performance, this MediaTek cheap quad-core chipset is just not on par with other quad-core processors on the market to date – even the low-end Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor.

So if you’re looking for a much better gaming tablet with 10.1-inch display, you might want to switch to either Google Nexus 9, Xiaomi Mi Pad, iPad Air or Google Nexus 10.

Acer Iconia Tab A110

Acer Iconia Tab A110The next tablet from Acer that i’m about to show right now is actually quite interesting.

It’s powered by a Tegra 3 processor but it comes with a low-resolution display, which is pretty rare because most of Tegra 3 tablets out there are either using 720p resolution or even higher 1080p resolution.

This tablet is Acer Iconia Tab A110 by the way.

So when it comes to performance, this tablet probably will deliver a much better and faster performance than those counterparts with higher-resolution display, especially when handling games.

So you can expect this tablet to be capable to perform extremely smooth when deployed with games like Modern Combat 4, Horn, NOVA 3, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Need for Speed Most Wanted or Dead Trigger.

However, there is one downside found on this tablet.

And that is its weak battery life. Acer Iconia Tab A110 comes only with a rather small 3420mAh power battery inside.

And according to some reviews on YouTube, this tablet is only capable to survive in a half of day, even in moderate use.

So you’re gonna need to charge this device at least twice a day, especially if you’re using it for some heavy stuff like watching movies in marathon or playing games in the row.

As far as the specs goes, Acer Iconia Tab A110 comes with a 7-inch display sporting the 1024x600 pixels, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, 12-core ULP GeForce GPU, 2MP front-facing camera without rear-facing camera, microSD card slot for up to 32GB, 8GB of internal storage, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box and a non-removable 3420mAh battery, promising for up to 270 hours of stand-by time and 7 hours of talk time (multimedia).

Acer Iconia Tab A1-810

Acer Iconia Tab A1-810Unlike most of Acer Iconia tablets out there, Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 is actually pretty interesting. It comes with a 7.9-inch display and the same 4:3 aspect ratio of iPad mini.

So at the glance, this Acer’s tablet really resembles that Apple’s mini tablet, even with the sane size of bezels.

However, despite having the similar looking design, it’s pretty obvious that Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 may not be as great as iPad mini, especially in performance.

Just like Asus MemoPad 7 HD, Lenovo Yoga 10 and Acer Iconia Tab A3, this tablet interestingly is also equipped with the same quad-core MediaTek MT8125 processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM.

There’s no information about its GPU, however, but i’m pretty sure this tablet is powered by PowerVR SGX544 GPU, just like those tablets aforementioned above.

However, when it comes to gaming performance, this tablet is probably better than other the Acer tablets mentioned above, especially given its lower-resolution screen, compared to its counterparts that all use the same 720p resolution.

So you can expect games like GTA Vice City or Modern Combat 4 to run pretty smoothly in medium to high graphics.

On the hardware side, Acer Iconia Tab A1-810 comes with:
  • a 7.9-inch display rocking the 768x1024 pixel resolution,
  • a quad-core MediaTek MT8125 processor clocked at 1.2GHz,
  • 1GB of RAM,
  • 5MP rear-facing camera,
  • VGA front-facing camera,
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean,
  • microSD card for up to 32GB,
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • and a 4960mAh power battery, promising for up to 350 hours for stand by and 10 hours for talk time (multimedia).
Acer Iconia A1-830

Acer Iconia A1-830If the Acer tablet mentioned above doesn’t really impress you at all, you might want to check out its successor - Acer Iconia A1-830.

Unlike its predecessor that ships with under-performing MediaTek quad-core MT8125 processor, this sequel model is armed with a more powerful Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor.

However, just like its predecessor, this next-gen model still comes with low-resolution display and PowerVR SGX544 GPU.

So the gaming performance of this tablet will likely be better and faster compared to the previous-gen model, with games like Modern Combat 4, GTA Vice City or NOVA 3 running smoothly even in full graphics.

In terms of design, Acer Iconia A1-830 actually looks quite similar with the predecessor given that this tablet still comes with the same 7.9-inch display and 4:3 aspect ratio, just like on the iPad mini.

So this sequel model also still looks pretty similar with Apple’s mini tablet, just like the predecessor.

There are still some sectors that remain untouched by Acer on this tablet – compared to the previous-gen model -, like its 7.9-inch display and its 768x1024 pixel resolution, its 1GB of RAM, its PowerVR SGX544 GPU, 5MP rear-facing camera, its 2MP front-facing camera, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, its microSD card for up to 32GB, its 16GB of internal storage and some other sectors of this tablet.

But even so, having the Intel Atom Z2560 processor on this tablet will surely give more benefits especially in performance compared to the ‘cheap low-performing’ quad-core MT8125 processor from MediaTek.

Acer Iconia Tab A100

Acer Iconia Tab A100
Another Tegra-powered tablet is coming from Acer and this one definitely falls in low-end category for sure. It is Acer Iconia Tab A100, a 7-inch tablet shipping with Tegra 2 dual-core processor.

This tablet consists in 2 different variants - Acer Iconia Tab A100 and Acer Iconia Tab A101.

However, these 2 tablets are both the same exact tablets and the only difference between these 2 is their cellular connectivity support, with Acer Iconia Tab A101 having the SIM card slot.

When it comes to performance, Acer Iconia Tab A100 might be pretty great for that matter.

Thanks to its Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and an 8-core GeForce ULP GPU, not to mention low-resolution 1024x600 pixel display, this tablet is more than adequate to handle games like:
  • Modern Combat 2,
  • Samurai Showdown,
  • Dungeon Defender,
  • ShadowGun
  • or PES 2012 – all in smooth buttery performance and full graphics for sure.
However, for the latest games like Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 8: Airborne or GTA San Andreas, it’s really obvious that this tablet will suffer a lot even in medium graphics setting.

In terms of overall specs, Acer Iconia Tab A100 is actually not too shabby at all.

It comes with a 7-inch display rocking the 1024x600 pixels, a dual-core Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1GHz, 1GB of RAM, 8-core GeForce ULP GPU, 5MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, 2MP front-facing camera, Android v3.0, microSD card slot for up to 32GB, 8/16GB of internal storage and a non-removable 1530mAh power battery.

Conclusion

Well, there you go, my quick review roundups of the rest remaining Acer Iconia Tab tablets.

Acer actually also has some other upcoming tablets under this tablet series.

So I’ll probably make some new updates on this page in the near future.

So if you want to know more about those new Acer Iconia Tab tablets, be sure to bookmark this page for further updates in the future.

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